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Sunnybank have turned their season around to win their third straight match, downing Norths 54-20 at Oldmac Oval, in round seven of Queensland Premier Rugby.
The Dragons were 0-3 having lost their first three games, before going on to win their next three by 33 points or more.
It took 14 minutes for points to be placed on the board and came in the form of a penalty to put Norths up by three.
Soon after, strong forward play from the Sunnybank pack saw Chazz Mahina cross the line in the corner.
Norths were able to run in a converted try and a penalty, whilst the Dragons capitalised on two penalties to round out the half – the score sitting at 13-11 with Norths ahead.
The second half saw former Reds’ player Brando Va’aulu make a line break before offloading to former Australian Under 20s player Henry Taefu, who went on to score under the posts as Sunnybank’s star studded backline looked hard to contain.
A converted try to Norths and a penalty to the Dragons saw Sunnybank lead by one before running in another five uncontested tries.
Replacement winger Mathew Feaunati earned a double whilst the Dragon’s forward pack reaped the glory as Feao Fotuaika also earned a double, and Brad Elms crossed the line for five more points.
Sunnybank’s forwards proved that they too were hard to contain with the final score extending out to 50-24 in favour of the home side.
Assistant coach and former Reds lock Adam Wallace-Harrison said: “Norths were up for that game, they played really well and we didn’t do ourselves any favours.”
“In the second half we needed to keep a hold of the ball and we were able to put a bit of pressure on their set piece which also helped.”
The Dragons will take on the reigning Premiers Easts this coming weekend at David Wilson Field in Coorparoo.
“It is going to be a close game - at the back end of the season they are one of the teams that are going to be there and we are all jostling for those final spots,” Wallace-Harrison said.
“We really need a win there and we need to build on today’s performance.
“There is a good vibe and a good spirit in the group at the moment, so hopefully they will all be up for it.”
Sunnybank 54 (C Mahina, H Taefu, M Feaunati 2, Feao Fotuaika 2 Tries; H Taefu 5 cons, 3 pens) def Norths (V Mataitini, S Minehan Tries; R Vaituinaruku 2 cons, 2 pens)
By Arna-Leah Bullivant
16 FEBRUARY 2019