JOHN Paul College yesterday moved to the next stage of the ARL Schoolboy Trophy by downing Port Macquarie’s Newman College 28-18 in a very physical contest.
The competition formerly known as the Arrive Alive Cup pits the best rugby league players from both metropolitan and country schools against each other in a sudden death showdown.
CRL development officer Pat Preston said John Paul College left the blocks quickly and were never headed.
“I think the Newman lads played like they were still getting off the bus, allowing John Paul to race ahead 16-0 in the early part,” he said.
“The visitors fought back to make it 16-12 but with a lot of handling mistakes they presented many opportunities to the home side.
“John Paul College scored right on the bell for a very strong win.”
Brandon Lee was outstanding for the winners and numerous opportunities were created by his line breaks.
After being selected for Northern NSW under 16s last weekend, big prop forward Dan Kilian continued his strong form with charging runs and plenty of off-loads, while versatile Jono Jones was among the best on the arena.
JPC now take on formidable league school St John’s College, Woodlawn, in the next elimination round.