Josh O’Brien scored two tries for Warwick High in a victory against Concordia.
Josh O’Brien scored two tries for Warwick High in a victory against Concordia. Gerard Walsh

State school in step with win

WARWICK State High School rugby league is on the crest of a wave with 12 wins in 14 games in three different age groups so far this season.

Open team coach Rob Stewart said it was the best performance across the board in recent years.

The open side has three wins in four games and needs victory against St Joseph's, Toowoomba, at 3.30pm today at Eastern Suburbs Oval to secure one of two spots in the Arrive Alive Cup competition.

League powerhouses Harristown State High School and St Mary's are automatic qualifiers for round one of the cup in which they will play the top two from the Darling Downs competition currently being played.

St Joseph's has two wins and two losses so far this season.

Warwick High will play in A and B-grade finals for year 8-10 students in the Broncos Cup on May 30 at the junior rugby league fields.

A-grade coach Nathan Rogers said his side had gone through the season with four wins and one loss.

"We lost 36-30 to Goondiwindi High in the round game and reckon home-ground advantage means at least a converted try difference," Rogers said.

Tim Collins captains the Warwick High A-grade team from the front row and is also part of the school team in open rugby league.

Mark Fowler is coach of the Warwick High B-grade side which is undefeated so far.

"They have scored more than 200 points and only conceded 12 points this season," Rogers said.

Isaac Chaffey has been the leading try scorer for the B-grade side.

All six teams in each grade of netball and rugby league will play on finals day in the Broncos Cup.

The three Warwick High teams train each Monday and Friday at Hamilton Oval.

With the players representing three junior clubs and the Cowboys at weekends, Stewart said one of the main aims was to bring players together as a playing unit.

Ty Gardner is one who has made the Warwick High side without week-in, week-out footy.

"He uses his size and speed to great advantage at centre or second row," Stewart said.



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