St Peter Claver College Vs Redbank Plains State School U15 rugby league teams battle it out in the QT Schools Cup match at St Peter Claver College. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times
St Peter Claver College Vs Redbank Plains State School U15 rugby league teams battle it out in the QT Schools Cup match at St Peter Claver College. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times David Nielsen

Final cup clash

 St Peter Claver College have a chance to steal the ultimate bragging rights from Ipswich State High School.

Ipswich currently hold the lead with one round left to go in the QT Schools Cup.

The new concept, sponsored by the Queensland Times, features three rounds of trial games between open and under 15s teams from Redbank Plains State High School, Ipswich and St Peter Claver.

The final round will be played this afternoon at the Swifts RLFC at Purga with just two converted tries the difference between both grades.

St Peter Claver need to beat Ipswich by more than eight points in opens, or more than four points in U15s, to steal the two trophies from their rivals.

Todd Riggs is the head coach for St Peter Claver.

Riggs said he was confident of fielding the school's strongest squads yet with the return of the school's Mal Meninga and Cyril Connell representatives.

"We've got everyone on board," Riggs said.

"This will be close to our best squad available

"We are pretty fortunate that the Mal Meninga and Cyril Connell games aren't being played the week and we can roll everyone out."

Last year St Peter Claver took out the Gee Shield, taking the mantle from Ipswich who had won it the previous year.

Riggs said his players knew what was expected from them ahead of this year's campaign.

"The boys know about the legacy set by the previous side before them," he said.

"We have a strong history of good football groups.

"We'll see what this group can do but it's all about having a good go, having a dig."

Riggs said the return of his Ipswich Diggers players was a welcome surprise.

"We weren't anticipating having them back," he said.

"It just brings quality to what we've been doing. They've been training since September.

"We have all but a few spots up for grabs so the boys will need to step up against Ipswich."

Ipswich State High School rugby league head coach Lee Addison is preparing his side for their second season in the South Queensland 'Super 6' Langer Trophy.

Addison said the Qt Schools Cup was an opportunity to get some valuable game time.

"My thanks go to the QT for this concept," Addison said.

"It has created an extra competitive edge to the trials and added another dimension to rugby league in the area.

With a slight lead going into the final round Addison said he wanted consistency from his players.

"There are still players looking to cement spots," he said.

"We're not there to just go through the motions.

"I want my boys to continue the rhythm they have started and to build up some momentum for the 'Super 6'."

With only one round left to go Addison believed the QT Schools Cup had the potential to run in future years.

"It gives the kids more game time," he said.

"There's next to no travel time and there was a great crowd at Redbank Plains even though it was pouring rain."

"For me it felt more than a trial. There was a great competitive edge to all of the games."