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    The path to school boy rugby league success in the 2021 Langer Cup competition was always going to be tough for the three Titans partnered school’s being PBC, Keebra Park and Marsden in 2021 but the addition to Marsden SHS of Titans contracted Xavier Stowers certainly helps their cause.

    The powerful former school boy rugby No. 8 from the 2019 and 2020 Ipswich Grammar School GPS Rugby First XV side and the 2020 Ipswich Jets MM Cup side is a recent Titans signing coup and has the potential to fly through the junior rugby league ranks to the NRL with the Titans in a short space of time. It was great to hear that Xavier Stowers had chosen to sign with the Titans over interest from multiple other NRL clubs and Super Rugby outfits including the Queensland Reds for whom Xavier Stowers was an Acadmey product.

    In January 2021 Xavier Stowers played his first match in a Titans jersey when he started from the bench for the Titans U19 side in their annual match at Coffs Harbour against the Newcastle Knights 40 - 6. When he was in the field, Xavier Stowers played in the centre of the ruck and had some good moments including a late second half offload to his right.

    Xavier Stowers also recorded two huge tackles in a row including one when he caught the Newcastle player from behind, stopping him in his tracks when the Knights player looked odds on to score. It was an impressive effort by Xavier Stowers who refused to give up and through sheer force of will got himself to the right spot to make an outstanding tackle.

    Xavier Stower’s endurance and determination came to the fore in the 25th minute of the second half. Newcastle were on the attack ten metres from the line and sent the ball to the right with the Knights playmaker putting in an attacking kick back behind the play the ball. Xavier Stowers who was initially defending on the opposite side of the ruck, tracked the play across field, was perfectly placed to eliminate the threat. Xavier Stowers however did not just take the tackle, after breaking two tackles, Xavier Stowers off-loaded with his right arm to his right to Thomas Weaver who made an additional twenty metres down field.

    Xavier Stowers desperation was also highlighted earlier in the second half when he held on to the Burleigh hooker with only his right arm, eventually dragging him to the ground. If Xavier Stowers had not held on to the hooker, he would have had a free run to the Titans fullback with plenty of support as well.

    Of all the good moments that I have noted in relation to Xavier Stowers first match in a Titans jersey, another one for me at least optimises who Xavier Stowers is as a player. In the 31st minute of the second half Xavier Stowers took a regulation hit-up mid-field. The Knights defensive line got up quickly, making initial contact with Xavier Stowers just two metres into his run, but through strength and determination, Xavier Stowers was able to make an additional seven metres post contact. Not many players would have been able to maintain their balance and body control after the type of initial contact that he was subject to and still make additional ground, Xavier Stowers however is definitely one of the few that can.

    A week after the match against the Newcastle Knights Xavier Stowers once again lined up for the Titans U19’s as they took on a Burleigh Hastings Deering’s Colts squad at Burleigh Juniors, coming off the bench with the Titans winning once again, this time 32 – 20 in a match that saw no conversions attempted.

    Xavier Stowers had a huge match when he was on the field producing a number of damaging charges including a great run off the Bears kick off from Reef Sommerville’s second try of the match with the run a great twenty metre surge, with the majority of the metres made post contact.

    In Round One of the 2021 MM Cup competition, Xavier Stowers was named to start on the bench for the Ipswich Jets against the Tweed Heads Seagulls but ended up starting the match in the front row and in fact was involved in the first tackle of the match after Ipswich kicked the ball off.

    The 9th minute saw the damage that Xavier Stowers can do running with the ball when he charged onto the ball to the right of the dummy half bustling his way twelve metres before eventually being brought down just ten metres away from the try line.

    Xavier Stowers was at it again just a minute later when he took the ball from a Tweed Heads drop out charging thirty five metres to get inside the Seagulls twenty before being forced to play the ball. The 23rd minute saw yet another strong run from Xavier Stowers shewing up a further twelve metres (eight post contact) to get within five metres of the Tweed Heads line.

    Defensively over the course of the match, Xavier Stowers defence was just as strong as his ball running with probably his best moment from a defensive perspective coming in the 57th minute when he came out of the line and monstered Seagulls five eight Harrydon Wilson. Xavier Stowers had crunched Wilson before he even knew what was going on and with Tweed Heads just ten metres out from the line, Xavier Stowers tackle completely shut down all of the momentum.

    Xavier Stowers was immediately back on his feet at marker and moved to his right to tackle Seagulls front rower Jack Cullen around the legs with a copy book low tackle.

    Xavier Stowers also started in the front row in Round Two against the Burleigh Bears, scoring the Jets first try in their tough loss and had a huge opening few minutes including scoring a powerhouse try in just the 6th minute of the match.

    Xavier Stowers try showcased everything that is good about his game, that being size, strength, speed and power. Ipswich restarted from a penalty ten metres out from the Bears line, just to the left of the uprights. Xavier Stowers received the ball ten metres out, running directly at the defensive line before cutting back towards the uprights, pushing off one Bears defender before spinning counter clockwise to beat two more defenders before carrying three more Burleigh defenders across the line to smash the ball down a metre to the left of the uprights.

    Xavier Stowers first major contribution to the game came in just the 3rd minute with a strong ten metre charge to get Ipswich into the Burleigh forty metre area. Xavier Stowers then made significant ground in just the 5th minute. Xavier Stowers initially ran to the left of the play the ball before offloading to his left. Xavier Stowers then backed up and get the ball back from the Jets player that he had passed to, making fifteen more metres before offloading for the second time in the same movement this time to his hooker who was trailing the play through the centre of the field.

    Xavier Stowers continued to make ground running the ball including in the 39th minute when he made eleven metres to get Ipswich inside the Burleigh twenty metre area.

    It was not just running with the ball that made Xavier Stowers so impressive in the match, defensively he was also very strong, including a heavy tackle where he monstered Syris Schmidt who was taking a hit-up in his own territory. Xavier Stowers literally engulfed Syris Schmidt and forced the fullback backwards a number of metres.

    The in the 64th minute Xavier Stowers put a massive hit on Burleigh second rower Delihia Wigmore twenty metres out from the line with the Burleigh player taking a bit of time to recover from the big hit. Then just two minutes later Xavier Stowers smashed Burleigh Jaxon Yow as he was running across field just outside the Burleigh forty metre area.

    Xavier Stowers was named on the interchange bench in Round Three against the Souths Logan Magpies and in Round Four against the Tweed Heads Seagulls. Xavier Stowers came into the match at half time, wasting no time getting involved by taking the first hit-up of the second half after Tweed Heads kicked off the second half to get the ball out to near the twenty metre mark.

    Only two minutes later in the 38th minute, Xavier Stowers one again broke tackles after making thirteen metres from a hit-up to the left of the dummy half to get two metres over the halfway mark.

    Then in the 43rd minute Xavier Stowers once again ran to the left of the dummy half before cutting back towards the play the ball to make thirteen metres. Xavier Stowers bounced quickly to his feet but was dragged back down and subsequently was awarded a penalty. From the next set of six after the penalty restart, Xavier Stowers was back in the action, getting to within ten metres of the try line before twisting and offloading with his right arm to Josiah Pahulu who got within two metres of the line before finally being stopped.

    Even though Ipswich were out of the match with ten minutes to go, that did not dissuade Xavier Stowers from his task and in the 62nd minute, Xavier Stowers made eleven metres from a hit-up to the right of the play the ball with more than 50% of the metres that he made from the run were post contact.

    Round Five against the Burleigh Bears saw Xavier Stowers named on the Jets extended bench however he ended up starting the match from the bench and he also started from the bench in Round Six against the Souths Logan Magpies.

    Xavier Stowers started Round One of the 2020 MM Cup competition in the front row for the Ipswich Jets against the Townsville Blackhawks. Unfortunately that Round One match was the only MM Cup match of the 2020 season due to the Civid 19 pandemic.

    Xavier Stowers started the 2020 GPS school boy rugby season in the Ipswich Grammar School’s First XV squad after making his GPS First XV debut as a 16 year old in 2019.

    When I am noting below the rounds of the 2020 GPS school boy rugby First XV competition, I am more referring to the order of games, as due to Covid 19 issues, what were going to be the opening two rounds of the competition ended up being “official trials”.

    Round One of the 2020 GPS school boy rugby First XV competition saw Xavier Stowers line up at No. 8 against Toowoomba Grammar School and Xavier Stowers continued his run of starts at No. 8 in Round Two against Nudgee College. Xavier Stowers also started at No. 8 in Ipswich Grammar School’s remaining 2020 First XV fixtures, which were against Brisbane Boys College (Round Three), Anglican Church Grammar School (Round Four), Brisbane State High School (Round Five), The Southport School (Round Six) and Gregory Terrace in Round Seven.

    Whilst Xavier Stowers did not score any tries in 2020 he was heavily involved in two tries over the course of the abridged 2020 GPS school boy First XV season. In Round Four against Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie), Xavier Stowers picked the ball up from the back of a scrum three metres out from the Churchie line and ran to his left, throwing a great one armed (right arm) off-load just as he was being tackled (in fact he threw the pass under the body of the defender who had engaged him) to his half who was brought down centremetres short but Ipswich Grammar School scored from the subsequent ruck.

    Xavier Stowers was heavily involved later in the season in Round Six against The Southport School, when once again he picked the ball up from an Ipswich Grammar School scrum win five metres out from the TSS line. Xavier Stowers ran to his right, putting his No. 10 into a gap and he was able to twist over next to the left upright. The speed at which Xavier Stowers had picked up the ball and charged to his right, parallel to the TSS defensive line froze the defenders and enabled Xavier Stowers to put his runner into the gap with a good short pass.

    In the 2020 Courier Mail South East Queensland school boy rugby/rugby Top 30 players of 2020 Xavier Stowers was named at Number 21 where the Courier Mail writers noted his exceptional combination of size, strength, speed and power at such a young age. Xavier Stowers made the same list in 2019 as well when once again his size/speed combination was noted by the articles authors.

    Xavier Stowers made his GPS school boy rugby First XV debut for Ipswich Grammar School in Round One of the 2019 GPS school boy rugby First XV competition against Brisbane State High school when he started at No. 8.

    Xavier Stowers went on to start at No. 8 in all of Ipswich Grammar Schools seven other First XV matches, being against Brisbane Grammar School (Round Two), Toowoomba Grammar School (Round Three), Nudgee College (Round Four), Brisbane Boys College (Round Five), Anglican Church Grammar School (Round Six), The Southport School (Round Eight) and Gregory Terrace in Round Nine.

    Xavier Stowers first GPS school boy First XV rugby try came in Round Eight on the Gold Coast at the Shark Tank against TSS when Xavier Stowers charged at the line from close range after receiving a pass off the back of a ruck that had formed two metres out from the TSS line. Xavier Stowers received the ball to the right of the ruck and under heavy pressure from multiple TSS defenders was able to keep his feet under him and continue to pump his legs to get the ball down right on the goal line midway between the corner post and goal post on the left side of the field.

    In 2019 in addition to playing for the Ipswich Grammar School Boy Rugby First XV, Xavier Stowers represented the Queensland Maroon U16 representative side at the National U16 Rugby Championships, starting for the Maroon side at No. 8 in their series of Championship matches.

    To cap off an exceptional 2019, Xavier Stowers, at just 16 years of age, played one match in the Brisbane Premier Colts III competition, starting at outside centre for Logan City and scoring in Round Fifteen against Southern Suburbs.

    Xavier Stowers already has some representative rugby league experience under his belt, representing his heritage when he represented the Cook Islands U14 side at the 2017 QPIIC Tournament including scoring in an 18 – 4 Cook Island victory over Papua New Guinea.

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    When the 2021 GPS school boy rugby competition starts in July I will certainly be looking to attend as many Ipswich Grammar School matches as possible to catch a glimpse of Titans contracted Isaac Togia who will be lining up in the U15A side, likely at outside centre.

    The powerhouse second row or lock (and rugby centre) who hails from the Ipswich region signed a multi-year contract with the Titans in early 2021 and let there be no doubt, the Titans have snared a seriously talented young player in Isaac Togia.

    In 2020 Isaac Togia played for Goonda Black in the Ipswich Rugby League U14 competition with Goonda Black winning all ten of their 2020 matches, scoring a staggering 506 points and conceding just 32 to finish with a positive points differential of an incredible +474.

    Isaac Togia had some big match in 2020 for Goonda Black including scoring five tries in Round Eight as Goodna Black defeated Redback Red 58 – 10. Isaac Togia also scored four tries in Rounds Four and Six against Goodna Blue (62 – 0) and Swifts Blue (68 – 0) respectively.

    Isaac Togia previously played for the Springfield Panthers Junior Rugby League Club who also play in the Ipswich Rugby League competition.

    In 2019 Isaac Togia represented the Ipswich Diggers U13’s in the second row at the Hill Stumer South East Queensland Junior Rugby League Championships, and post those Championships was selected in the South East Queensland Training Squad.

    Isaac Togia is also a more than impressive rugby player and currently attends Ipswich Grammar School and plays rugby in the GPS school boy rugby competition. In 2020 in the GPS U14A competition and in 2019 in the U13A competition, Isaac Togia was a stand out for the Ipswich based school, playing at outside centre (No. 13).

    Isaac Togia has also represented Ipswich Grammar School in the GPS Athletics Championships in 2019 and 2020.

    2019 also saw Isaac Togia play for the Ipswich Rangers rugby club who played in the Brisbane U13A Brisbane Junior Rugby competition, once again playing outside centre.

    For the Ipswich Rangers, Isaac Togia played at outside centre (No. 13) and finished the 2019 season on fire. In the BJR U13A 2019 regular season Isaac Togia had a huge Round Ten match, scoring five tries against Sunnybank Green and also scored a double in Round Eight against Souths Black.

    Isaac Togia also scored in each of his three finals matches in 2019, being in Week One of the Finals against Souths Black, Week Two against Easts Blue and Week Three against Norths Blue in the Rangers two point loss.

    Also in 2019 Isaac Togia was selected in the Brisbane Red side for the Queensland XV’s State Rugby Championships.

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    Another player who will make his school boy debut for Marsden SHS in 2021 is Titans contracted Dominique Sandow.

    The exciting youngster originally from the Nanango Staggs Junior Rugby League Club in country Queensland has signed a two year deal with the Titans JTS program after also being on the radar of the Brisbane Bronco’s, in fact Dominique Sandow was part of their Elite Development Program prior to signing with the Titans.

    Dominique Sandow was part of the South Logan Magpies U16 Cyril Connell Cup squad in 2021, starting their trial agaisnt Wynnum Manly at Capalaba on the wing before moving to fullback in the second half in a match that the Magpies won six tries to one.
    After missing Round One of the 2021 Cyril Connell Cup competition, Dominic Sandow was named to start from the bench in Round Two against the Ipswich Jets however was a late scrathing from the final Magpies seventeen.
    Dominique Sandow was named to start Round Five against the Tweed Heads Seagulls on the wing.

    The 2020 even though he was still U15 eligible, Dominique Sandow played in the Sunshine Coast U16 competition for Gympie, starting Round One against Coolum on the bench before moving into the starting side at fullback in Round Two against The Bay where he stayed for the remainder of the 2020 season.

    Early in 2020 Dominique Sandow, from Murgon State High School, was selected in the Wide Bay U15 school boy representative side. Dominique Sandow also represented Wide Bay in 2017 at the 11/12 Queensland Boys State Championships, starting in the centres for Wide Bay.

    In 2019 Dominique Sandow played for the Nanango Staggs in the U14 South Burnett rugby league competition leading the Staggs to a 14 – 10 Grand Final victory over Murgon.

    In addition to being named player of the 2019 U14 South Burnett Grand Final, Dominuque Sandow was named the South Burnett U14 competitions Player of the Year and was named the South Burnett Rugby League Junior Eagle.

    2019 also saw Dominuque Sandow represent the Central U14 side at the Queensland Junior State Championships scoring on Day Two against South East Queensland White.

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    Young Ormeau Shearers fullback or halfback Nayte Saaga has been a stand out player for his age group in the Gold Coast rugby league competition for the last couple of seasons and in early 2021 signed a multi-year contract with the Titans.

    Nayte Saaga has moved to attend The Southport School (TSS) after previously attending Keebra Park State High School as part of their Titans partnered Elite Rugby League Program.

    I anticipate that Nayte Saage will line-up either at fly half (No. 10) or fullback in the TSS U15A side when the GPS school boy rugby competition starts in Term Three of the school year.

    In 2020 Nayte Saaga played for the Ormeau Shearers in the Gold Coast Rugby League U14A Division One competition with the Shearers winning two of their eight matches to finish 5th. Ormeau scored 134 points and conceded 190 to have a -56 points differential.

    In 2019 Nayte Saaga played for the Coomera Cutters in the GCRL U13 Division One competition.

    For the Cutters in the 2019 GCRL U13 Division One competition, Nayte Saaga scored an impressive 11 tries from 15 appearances, being a strike rate of 73.33%. Nayte Saaga also kicked six goals to finish the season with 56 points.

    Nayte Saaga scored doubles against Runaway Bay and Burleigh with his remaining seven tries coming in individual matches against Nerang, Southport, Currumbin twice, Runaway Bay and Burleigh.

    With the boot Nayte Saaga’s best performance was against Burleigh in the Preliminary Final when he kicked three goals.

    In addition to being a talented rugby league player Nayte Saaga is also an outstanding Oztag player, including in 2019 being named in the U13 Australian Oztag High Performance Squad.

    In 2020 Nayte Saaga played for the Queensland Rebels in the Queensland U14 Oztag Super Series after being selected for the Rebels after starring for the Miami Raptors.

    In 2019 Nayte Saaga played in the Queensland U13 Oztag Super Series with the Queensland Force after being selected from the City Centurions. Nayte Saaga was in fact named in the Super Series All Star Team and was also named as the U13 Most Valuable Player.

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    Impressively Titans contracted Lachlan Offley started Round One of the 2021 NRRRL U18 season on the right wing for the Ballina Seagulls as they defeated the Kyogle Turkeys 54 – 4 even though he was still U16 eligible.

    The match saw Lachlan Offley score a hat trick inside the opening 22 minutes of the match and showed that even though he was two years younger than the majority of his team mates and opposition he comfortably handled the step up in competition.

    Lachlan Offley scored his first try inside the 1st minute of the match when he flashed down the right touchline after receiving a cut-out pass from Rowan Mansfield ten metres out. Lachlan Offley did well to get the ball down in the right corner under heavy pressure from the Kyogle five eight who came across in cover defence to try to prevent Lachlan Offley from scoring in the corner.

    Lachlan Offley’s second try came just seven minutes later in the 8th minute with a long range sixty metres effort that saw Lachlan Offley put the ball down under the posts after Lachlan Offley backed up a run out of dummy half by Rowan Mansfield. When Lachlan Offley received the off-load from Mansfield he was stationary but immediately exploded off the mark running between two Kyogle forwards before a left arm fend beat the fullback and then Lachlan Offley kept pumping his legs to break free from another Turkey’s defender who was desperately holding onto the back of his jersey.

    The 22nd minute saw Lachlan Offley complete his hat trick when he was put away down the right touchline by a short pass from Kye Copper near the halfway mark. As he approached the Kyogle fullback, Lachlan Offley shaped to pass back inside to Kye Cooper but the fullback hesitated and Lachlan Offley was able to run past him down the sideline to score ten metres in from the right corner post.

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    A week after starting in the front row for the Tweed Heads Queensland MM Cup Grand Final winning side, Titans contracted Nicholas Hilton has been named to start at five eight for Nerang this afternoon in their GCRL U18 Division One Round One match against the Burleigh Bears.

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    Another Titans contracted player who will be lining up for Nerang this afternoon in Round One of the GCRL U18 Division One competition is Jeremaiah Temapo will will start in the centres against Burleigh this afternoon.
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    NZ youngster Taniela Mapusua Lotaki who has recently moved over from Auckland to attend Keebra Park will start this afternoon at right centre for the Nerang Roosters as they take on Burleigh.

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    Titans contracted Larry Siala is set to line-up once again at No. 8 for St Edmunds College this afternoon in Round Two of the AIC school boy rugby competition against Marist College Ashgrove.

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    Great to see Lochlyn Sheldon set for his Queensland Cup debut off the bench this afternoon for Burleigh as they take on Norths in Round Six.

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    Titans contracted Caleb Gould-Waiariki has been named to make his Hastings Deering's Colts debut tomorrow from the bench tomorrow for Burleigh as they take on Norths in Round Four.

    Earlier in the 2021 Caleb Gould-Waiariki was a stand out at hooker for the Burleigh MM Cup side.

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    Titans contracted Zyroam Herlihy scored a superb individual try during the week for Alexandra Hills State High School in their Langer Cup play off match when he scored over after chasing a grubber kick from a set play following a scrum win.

    Unfortunately Alexandra Hills which also contained fellow Titans contracted Gary Where-Herlihy went down 24- 10 to Redcliffe SHS.

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    A big win this afternoon for the Nerang Roosters side in Round One of the GCRL U18 Division One competition as they defeated Burleigh 42-18 with Titans contracted Nicholas Hilton and Jeremaiah Tamepo among the Nerang try scorers.

    Roosters left winger Haizyn Mellars also scored in his first match on the Gold Coast.

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    Larry Siala had a big game for St Edmunds College, including being held up over the line in the first half, unfortunately his side well well beaten.

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    Titans contracted Larry Siala is set to line-up once again at No. 8 for St Edmunds College this afternoon in Round Two of the AIC school boy rugby competition against Marist College Ashgrove.


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