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Five things we learned - Queensland Premier Rugby Round 4

1.The Magpies finally take off 

Last years’ finalists Souths were yet to register a win in 2017 despite flashes of their potential in the opening rounds. A much-improved performance against Bond University at Chipsy Wood saw the Magpies come away with a 32-12 win. After Bond opened the scoring, Souths ran in three unanswered tries before half-time. Leading Premier Rugby points scorer Keeghan Sefton contributed two of those whilst also adding a further 12 points with the boot. After a shaky scrummaging performance against GPS in Round 3, Souths set-piece held firm on Saturday and provided the platform for a barnstorming run from Caleb Timu. The blind-side flanker swapped with Number 8 Michael Tafili, scooped the ball up from the scrum base before beating two defenders on his way to the try line. 

Caleb Timu is enjoying his return to Rugby from injury with Souths. Photo Credit: QRU Media - Brendan Hertel

2.Harry Badger is back  

University of Queensland winger Harry Parker showed how damaging he can be given room to move with an electric performance at Stade de Heavy on Saturday. Parker’s presence was felt within minutes of kick-off when he sliced through the GPS defence in counter attack and offloaded to Gareth Kalell to score. GPS responded with a try of their own, but Parker surprised AJ Alatimu before he could fire away his conversion attempt to keep the scores at five-all. As full time loomed, a beautifully executed set play ensured Parker would have one last say in the match. James Dalgleish claimed the ball at first receiver, took the ball to the line and turned it back inside to a flying Parker who sliced through the Gallopers’ defensive line again untouched. 


3.Brothers show champions composure 

Brothers got their premiership defence was off to a mixed start as the champions recorded one win, one loss and a draw from the opening three rounds. Up against their Northern rival, the Brethren showed composure to hold on to a one-point lead after Mitch Felsman nailed a penalty goal half way through the second stanza. The Eagles threw everything at the Brethren and suffered two yellow cards as their desperation got the better of them. Brothers now have hard-earned two weeks off with the bye after the Easter break. Given the grand final rematch is on the near horizon, the bye couldn’t have fallen at a better time. The Brethren are the only side to have knocked off UQ in over a year and the Heavies will be hungry for grand final revenge.  


Scrumhalf Rueben Wall has been in fine form for the Brethren so far this season. Photo Credit: QRU Media - Brendan Hertel

4.Women’s Saturday Showdown a hit

Sunnybank hosted an epic Saturday Showdown of Women’s Rugby when they welcomed all eight of the Brisbane Premiership Women’s teams to Oldmac last Saturday. A huge crowd was treated to four exciting games of Rugby as Redlands kicked off the day with a huge win over GPS. Helensvale knocked over Wests 22-5 and Brothers defeated Logan City 21-15, before a thrilling fourth match between UQ and Sunnybank saw the home side secure a thrilling 14-12 win. Wallaroos assistant coach Scott Allen was at Oldmac Oval and said: “It was really good to see everybody down here, there was a great crowd. I’ve been really impressed with the girls, they played a fantastic level of Rugby.” 


5.Laloifi lights up Tigerland 

On Saturday afternoon at David Wilson field, Sunnybank winger Junior Laloifi danced his way to a hat-trick of tries helping his side to a 41-14 win over Easts. Laloifi opened Sunnybank’s try-scoring account when he broke through two tackles and raced away to reduce the Tiger’s lead. After the half-time break, Sunnybank crossed for two tries and had Easts searching for answers. The Tigers tried to turn Sunnybank around with tactical kicking but Laloifi fielded a kick in back play, stepped his way through and showed a clean pair of heels for his second try. The winger secured his hat-trick on the cusp of full-time as Sunnybank claimed second spot on the ladder. 


Sunnybank held onto the Rick Tyrrell Cup for 2017 with their win over the Tigers. Photo Credit: QRU Media: Andy Stevens. 

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