The Scots PGC Firsts will play in the Darling Downs Rugby Union 17-years final on Sunday.
The Scots PGC Firsts will play in the Darling Downs Rugby Union 17-years final on Sunday. Gerard Walsh

Scots PGC bear grudge in Darling Downs final clash

SECOND rower Harry Fulwood has no doubt the Scots PGC Firsts can beat Toowoomba Bears to win their first Darling Downs Rugby Union grand final on Sunday at Heritage Oval at 3pm.

Scots PGC went down narrowly to Bears in both head-to-head games in the 17-year division this season, once losing on the bell after Bears scored a try in the corner.

"We have to play hard and think fast," Fulwood said.

"Bears have a strong backline."

Captain Matt Burke will play on the side of the scrum and said he knew how important his cover defence would be at the weekend.

Coach and former international Geoff Richardson said the team included Year 12 and Year 11 students and two from Year 10.

Richardson said promising Maryvale cricketer Kieran Bourke "will direct play from fly-half like all good cricketers do".

"Vice-captain Jeremy Wright is from Allora and will take the ball up strongly at outside centre and Inglewood back Saul Whiley will return the ball well from fullback."

The Scots PGC coach has high hopes his Year 12 front row can more than match the Bears.

"Dominic Hillebrand is a big prop who has enjoyed his rugby since first playing at age 15," Richardson said.

James West is a hooker/prop from Injune who will play in the number two jersey on Sunday.

"He picks and drives well," Richardson said.

"Prop Adam Ruzsicska is originally from Papua New Guinea and part of a mobile pack."

The Scots PGC team is playing in the 17 years competition this season after pulling out of The Associated Schools competition to concentrate on sports competitions closer to home.

There will be semi finals in other age groups on Sunday.



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