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Round 3 of BLK Queensland Premier Rugby will see a total of eight St.George Queensland Reds players return to club land to bolster the ranks as competition heats up.
Preparations for Saturday’s matches will continue at all nine Premier Rugby clubs tonight.
Reds head coach Richard Graham said: “The entire squad will return to their clubs this Thursday night.
“Some will train in preparation for the weekend’s fixtures, whilst others can help the clubs in any other way they can. Whether that is coaching, cooking the barbeque or just helping out it will be good for the players to get out to the clubs."
The following players will be playing BLK Queensland Premier Rugby this Saturday.
University of Queensland: Sef Faagase, James Hanson, Dave McDuling, Scott Gale, Tom Banks
Souths: Tom Murday
Sunnybank: Ben Tapuai
GPS: Sam Johnson
This week’s Game of the Round will be the clash between Brothers and Sunnybank. This match will be LIVE streamed via Reds TV on the www.redsrugby.com.au homepage.
To view the Queensland Premier Rugby Weekly digital program, follow this link: http://bit.ly/1O8nRqr
To view the Queensland Premier Rugby Wrap from Round 2, follow this link: http://bit.ly/1FDCNcg
Brothers v Sunnybank – Game of the Round
Location: Jack Ross Oval
Players to Watch
Brothers: Giles Beveridge
Position: Outside Centre
Giles Beveridge had an impressive year in 2014, representing Reds Under-20s at the National Championships, becoming Premier Rugby’s top try-scorer (16-tries) and representing Queensland Country in the National Rugby Championship (NRC). So far in 2015, Beveridge has made a home for himself in the Brothers’ 13 jersey rather than on the wing, where he predominately featured in 2014, but head coach Anthony Mathison has said his performances have been consistent and he continues to do the ‘little-things’ well.
Sunnybank: Junior Laloifi
Dragons flyer Junior Laloifi will make his second start for Sunnybank this Saturday after missing Round 1 due to the National Sevens Championships in Sydney, where he was part of the Queensland Red side that finished as runners-up. Laloifi was one of Brisbane City’s attacking weapons throughout the NRC and scored arguably the most memorable try of the competition in the Grand Final to secure the game for Brisbane City.
Brothers – Wins: 1 Losses: 0 For: 44 Against: 31
Sunnybank – Wins: 2 Losses: 0 For: 57 Against: 37
· This clash will see Queensland 2014 National Rugby Rugby Championship representatives feature for both sides, namely in the outside backs. Sunnybank’s Matt Feaunati, Rex Tapuai and Junior Laloifi all represented Brisbane City while Brothers’ Clynton Knox, Giles Beveridge and Pierce Fitzgerald all played for Queensland Country.
· Criff Tupou, older brother of new Reds recruit Taniela Tupou, will feature for the Brethren during the match in the backrow.
· Jack Webby will earn his first start of the year at halfback for the Brethren will Billy Thompson unavailable for selection.
· Jeffery Faamausili will start at Number 8 for Sunnybank after Queensland Country representative Ben Adams suffered a serious injury in Round 2.
· Ben Tapuai will be available for Sunnybank this Saturday.
Brothers: Adam Bennie, Matt Mafi, Taniela Tupou, Terrin Walls, Bon Maui, Harry Symes, Charlie Freney, Luke Beauchamp, Jack Webby, Sam Greene, Isaiah Mosese, Nathanuel Gendle, Giles Beveridge, Mitch Felsman, Pierce Fitzgerald
Coach: Anthony Mathison
Sunnybank: Benroy Sala, Shane Tasi, Feao Fotuaika, Hermenegildo Simon Velasco, Andrew Gentles, George Blomfield, Chazz Mahina, Jeffrey Faamausili, Sean O'Connor, Henry Taefu, Junior Laloifi, Rex Tapuai, Peter Lee, Joshua Edmond, Matthew Feaunati
Coach: Rod Seib
University of Queensland v GPS
Kick off: 3:20pm
University: Sef Faagase
Having played for the Reds in the opening five Rounds of Super Rugby, Sef Faagase will bring a new level of experience and knowledge with him back to the Red Heavies this weekend as they take on GPS at St.Lucia. Last week, despite coming off the bench in the second half, Faagase topped the Reds forwards for run meters - 40m and runs over the gain line - 3.
GPS: Mitch King
Position: Number 8
Mitch King has been around the GPS Premier Grade backrow for a number of seasons and has proven to be a handy ball carrier, having played a lot of junior Rugby in the centres, as well as abrasive around the breakdown. He was part of the Queensland Country NRC squad in 2014 and his game improved week-on-week throughout the tournament.
2015 Season Stats
University of Queensland – Wins: 2 Losses: 0 For: 45 Against: 25
GPS - Wins:0 Losses: 1 For: 18 Against: 20
· University will have the services of Reds representatives Sef Faagase, James Hanson, David McDuling, Scott Gale and Tom Banks this Saturday as they take on GPS.
· GPS will regain the services of Sam Johnson in centres. He will start at outside centre with Kimami Situati moving to the wing.
· Tom Pincus and Harry Parker, who usually play in the outside backs, will line up at inside and outside centre respectively this Saturday in what is a brand new mid-field combination for the Red Heavies.
University of Queensland: Pat Fepuleai, Matthew Randell, Sef Faagase, Dave McDuling, Sam Reiser, Jay Adkins, Jack De Guingand, Jack Cornelsen, Scott Gale, Ed Gibson, Jock Campbell, Tom Pincus, Harry Parker, Gareth Kalell, Tom Banks
Coach: Mick Heenan
GPS: Nick Sykes, Feleti Kaitu'u, Ryan Freney, Corey Thomas, Dan Gorman, Michael Richards, Waita Setu, Mitch King, Tom Christie, Edan Campbell-O'Brien, Kimami Sitauti, Somi Pulu, Sam Johnson, Isaac Weier, Jason Hofmeyr
Coach: Todd Dammers
Souths v Norths
Souths: James Turner
Position: Blindside Flanker
James Turner returns to Souths in 2015 after a successful stint with Queensland Country in the National Rugby Championship, where he started at blindside flanker in six of their eight matches. He forms a new backrow combination in 2015 with openside Simana Halafonua, who has cracked the Premier Grade ranks as a regular starter, and John Kalauta at Number 8.
Norths: Dave Howard
Dave Howard has been awarded with a starting spot in the Premier Grade side for Norths, with Reds Under-20s representative Gareth Ryan travelling to Canberra for the National Championships. Howard and the Norths frontrow will have their work cut out for them this Saturday against an experienced Souths pack.
Souths – Wins: 0 Losses: 2 For: 36 Against: 47
Norths – Wins: 0 Losses: 2 For: 22 Against: 50
· Souths have played their first two games of the 2015 season away from ‘The Nest’ and have narrowly gone down to Sunnybank (28-19) and Bond University (19-17). The Magpies will be hungry for a win at home at Chipsy Wood Oval this Saturday.
· Veresa Mataitini was impressive for Norths on the wing last weekend against University, crossing for the Eagles only try. He will no doubt be a handful once again this weekend.
· Former Brumbies player Stephan Van Der Walt will be better for the run against Bond last weekend in his fist Premier Rugby hit out of 2015. He will once again be joined this week by Reds lock Tom Murday.
· Souths coach Brett Picone and Norths coach Nick Fogarty were both part of the coaching structure at GPS in 2014, this will be their first competition game coaching opposing sides.
Souths: Marcus Vanzati, Alex Casey, David Faeo, Matt Bennetts, Owen Jones, James Turner (C), Simana Halafonua, John Kalauta, Scott Malolua, Teti Tela, Mika Tela, Paul Brown, Stephan Van Der Walt, Kalavite Kaloni, Andy Muirhead
Coach: Brett Picone
Norths: Sitani Satui, Bart Ritchie, Dave Howard, Andy Weaver, Rob Puliuvea, Api Naiyobo, Kristian Satui, Alex Perez, Sean Minehan, Sam Satui, Veresa Mataitini, Tajhon Mailata, Mitch Fuller, Jesse Foran, Craig Hunt
Coach: Nick Fogarty
Bond University v Wests
Location: Bond University RUFC
Bond University: Josh Fuimaono
Bond University captain Josh Fuimaono is one of the most experienced campaigners in the Bond side having previously played Super Rugby with the Western Force. Last week against Souths, it was Fuimaono who crashed over late in the game to deliver Bond their first win of the 2015 season.
Wests: Tim Smith
Halfback Tim Smith has become one of the most influential figures within the Wests side. His precision passing and footwork around the breakdown provides the Bulldogs backline with a great platform to work off, while his place-kicking helped put Wests ahead at half-time in their Round 2 clash against Sunnybank last Saturday.
Bond University – Wins: 1 Losses: 1 For: 37 Against: 38
Wests – Wins: 0 Losses: 2 For: 49 Against: 73
· Bond University will be keen to go back-to-back in Round 3 against Wests after claiming their first win of the season against Souths last Saturday.
· Wests are yet to secure a win in 2015 after going down to Brothers and Sunnybank, although they held a 13-10 lead over Sunnybank at half-time last Saturday.
· So far, Wests have conceded the most points of any Premier side with a total of 73, however they sit second overall for points scored with 49.
· Former Reds college flyhalf Dion Tuamata will line-up at inside centre for Bond this Saturday
Bond University: Sam Clifton, Nick Turner, James Smith, Rubin Fuimaono, Sam Fattal, Josh Fuimaono, Anthony Vassilides, Cam Bracewell, Vinney Quigley, Vitori Buatava, Jamie Evans, Dion Taumata, Brad Jones, Gus Qasevakatini, Sam Cox
Coach: Sean Hedger
Wests: Jonathon Danaher, Cody Blackhurst, Jake Newell, Tom Holliday, Harry Struss, Rhett Cope, Loveni Enari, Rob Rutledge, Tim Smith, Andrew Turner (C), Daniel Faumuina, Luke Ferry, Tyrone Lefau, Jack Pinchin, Sam Caslick
Coach: Pat Byron
16 FEBRUARY 2019