Langer Cup, First XV rugby’s top schoolboys revealed
Who were the top players in the The Langer Cup, GPS First XV and AIC First XV rugby competitions? Andrew Dawson covered all three competitions and today reveals No. 1-16 after naming his initial intake of top players yesterday.
1. JACK HOWARTH (Brisbane Boys College)
Howarth earned the No.1 ranking in a blanket finish from a dozen others. But ultimately the cream rose to the top when it counted most in the second last match against Nudgee College and in the premiership clincher against BSHS. It was not just that he scored six tries in those two games, it was the manner in which he went about contributing to BBC's history title win in all manner of ways. The Melbourne Storm has a good one here.
2. MASON GORDON (Brisbane Boys College)
Gordon pulled the string on a fantastic BBC backline performance across the GPS FIrst XV premiership season. Gordon had all the tricks in the book for a No.10 - a short and long kicking game, long passing game but most of all he also had the good sense to know what skill to use and when.
3. TOM WEAVER (Palm Beach Currumbin SHS)
Gold Coast recruit Weaver was mature beyond his years, the puppeteer in a wonderful halves partnership with Ryan Rivett. He is a classical No.7 with the rare ability to run a side who almost always chose the correct option.
4. DAVE VAIHU (St Joseph's Gregory Terrace)
Vaihu was statistically the best back in the GPS competition. Very good on his feet, Vaihu made more breaks than any other player in a struggling side. That alone is a reason to doff one's hat in praise.
5. XAVIER WILLISON (Palm Beach Currumbin SHS)
The gun forward of the Langer Cup. Standing at 195cm in height, Willison made his mark not through brawn, but through subtle skills and mobility. The Brisbane Broncos have signed him and he would be one of the most sort after signatures in the junior league ranks. One for the little black book.
6. JO JO FIFITA (The Southport School)
Fifita is a big kid who is rugby fast and a great athlete who even shaded BBC's Jack Howarth when the two teams met earlier in the season. Dynamic in the midfield for TSS and has a big future.
7. JOHN BYRANT (St Laurence's College)
Byrant was the No.1 forward in the AIC competition and at times looked like a senior playing in the colts. St Laurence's College has produced some good schoolboy No.8s in the past like Brendan Cannon and Mark Connors, and Byrant has maintained that tradition.
8. TAJ ANNAN (Brisbane Boys College)
Annan has the rare distinction of winning a GPS First XI cricket and First XV rugby premiership in the same year. The year 11 boarder from the Newcastle region was a joy to observe with his silken hands and astute kicking game complementing his skipper Mason Gordon and the power running of his centres. A player with a great temperament, the good news for BBC supporters is they can watch him all over again in 2021.
9. JAHREAM BULA (Keebra Park SHS)
Bula is somewhat a sleeping giant. A long striding outside back, he is a little in the Greg Inglis mould and like Marist Ashgrove's Floyd Aubrey, one gets the impression we have not begun to see the best of his potential. The Gold Coast Titans have him under lock and key.
10. ANDREW ROMANO (Brisbane Boys College)
Romano was the hard luck story of the GPS First XV competition, breaking his foot mid-season and missing Brisbane Boys College's historic march to a first ever stand alone premiership. But in the matches he did play, the young prop did enough to make a lasting impression. Good one for the tight five purists to follow.
11 . FLOYD AUBREY (Marist College Ashgrove)
Aubrey has a real x-factor about him and was seriously considered for a top five listing here. The Marist College Ashgrove fullback has a sixth sense as both a ballplayer and runner. You get the impression Aubrey would rise to the occasion the greater the stakes and it is little wonder three codes are chasing him.
12. OSKAR BRYANT (PBC SHS)
The brother of explosive Queensland cricketer Max, Bryant is also a fast mover on the sport field have been an outstanding, at times explosive dummy half for Palm beach Currumbin SHS. The Gold Coast Titans have secured him.
13. ZAC HOUGH (Brisbane Boys College)
A brave, elite open side flanker who puts his body into places most people would not dare think of going. His performance in the GPS rugby premiership crunch match against
Nudgee College evoked memories of grand past flankers like Chris Roche, Jeff Miller and David Wilson.
14. RYAN RIVETT (Palm Beach Currumbin SHS)
Rivett is a supreme ballplayer who was seriously considered for a top 5 ranking, such is the depth of the squad. He is a ball playing five-eighth with vision. Wonderful player whose combination with halves partner Tom Weaver was a godsend for PBC.
15. KLESE HAAS (Keebra Park SHS)
The brother of Broncos' powerhouse Payne, Klese Haas is a trimmed down version of his big brother but no less effective as an edge backrower or centre. Lovely mover who matches the hype around him and aggressive in defence.
16. PRINSTON ESERA (Wavell SHS)
The rookie in this list of stars on the rise, the year 11 student was class with a capital C at left centre for Wavell SHS this season. The Canberra Raiders' talent scouts have done an excellent job in bedding down this high class prospect.
Originally published as Langer Cup, First XV rugby's top schoolboys revealed