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Queensland Premier Rugby Match Reports - Round 8

Alatimu slays the Dragons

Queensland Premier Rugby’s game of the round saw GPS claim a last gasp 17-15 victory over Sunnybank at Yoku Road.

The Gallopers crossed for a late try before flyhalf AJ Alatimu stepped up to sink the Dragons with a sideline conversion.

Sunnybank drew first blood in the fixture with hooker Moli Sooaemalelagi darting down the sideline to score in the corner.

The physical Sunnybank side had a clear plan early on to combat the Gallopers’ rampaging forward pack.

So far this season, the Gallopers have been using their scrum as an offensive and defensive weapon, earning them a penalty try and a narrow victory over Wests in Round 5.

Despite early slip-ups, Sunnybank earned their own scrum penalty and began to use the scrum as an opportunity to test the Gallopers’ backline one on one.

Issak Fines-Leleiwasa’s impressive form continued, setting up Junior Laloifi after a clever switch close to the Gallopers’ line.

Despite the two-try deficit, Alatimu kept the Gallopers in touch securing a vital penalty before the half to narrow the Dragons’ lead to 12-3.

Sunnybank were their own worst enemies in the second half, bombing several tries with uncharacteristic handling errors.

The Gallopers’ attack finally started firing when Michael Richards smashed between two defenders off the back of a scrum close to the try line.

Alatimu’s conversion was successful, narrowing the gap to 15-10 with only ten minutes left to play.

With the pressure mounting on the Dragons and a Gallopers crowd spurring on them on, GPS forward pack seized a crucial opportunity.

After numerous phases near the Sunnybank try line, Laione Mulikihaamea bashed his way through the tired Dragons defence to level the score at 15-all.

Alatimu kept his composure from the sideline and slotted the conversion to give the Gallopers an unlikely victory.

GPS host Easts next weekend while the Dragons return home to Oldmac Oval to face Brothers.

GPS 17 (L Mulikihaamea M Richards tries A Alatimu pen 2 cons defeated Sunnybank 15 (M Sooaemalellagio J Laloifi tries J Strachan pen con)

Brothers record back-to-back victories

Brothers secured a 35-24 victory over Souths in Round 8 of Queensland Premier Rugby at Chipsy Wood oval.

Scrumhalf Reuben Wall crossed for a double as the Brethren outscored the home side five tries to four.

Souths were first to score when flyhalf Paul Brown delivered a looping cut-out pass to Emori Waqavulagi to score.

The Brethren looked threatening throughout the opening quarter but Souths defence stopped a number of attacking raids before Criff Tupou finally went over out wide.

With half time looming, Brothers flyhalf Patrick James accelerated through the defensive line and put Mitch Felsman away for the Brethren’s second try.

Souths centre Levi Aumua hit a strong switch line, busting his way through Brothers defence before offloading to Simana Halaifonua who scored on the stroke of half time, 14-10 to Brothers.

After the break, Brothers lock David Corbenici crashed over from close range to extend the Brethren’s lead to 11 points after Mitch Felsman nailed the conversion.

Brothers prop Garrath Ryan was sent to the sin bin and Souths capitalised applying pressure at scrum time to be awarded a penalty try five out from the Brethren’s line.

With less than 10 minutes remaining Brothers forward pack got their revenge, executing an effective rolling maul that created the hole for Wall’s first try.

Off the following restart, Brothers swung the ball wide and set off down the left-hand touch line as Wall finished off the movement to put the nail in Souths’ coffin.

The Brethren head to Oldmac Oval this weekend to play Sunnybank while Souths will have the bye.

Brothers 35 (R Wall 2 tries D Corbenici C Tupou M Felsman tries M Felsman 5 cons) defeated Souths 24 (L Aumua E Waqavulagi S Halaifonua tries Penalty try M Tafili con)

UQ tame the Tigers at the death

University of Queensland secured a thrilling 33-29 victory over Easts in an entertaining Round 8 match at David Wilson field.

In front of their annual Ladies Day crowd, Easts were bolstered by a vocal army of supporters in the grandstands and behind the posts.

Coming off a disappointing loss to Wests, the Tigers were touted to struggle against a UQ side on a six-game win streak, but the top-of-the-table Heavies only nabbed victory with the last play of the game when outside centre Josh Birch dived over.

With just one penalty goal in the match, the Ladies Day crowd were treated to an afternoon packed full of end-to-end Rugby.

UQ’s breakdown efficiency and ability to play an up-tempo game saw them outrun the Tigers five tries to four.

Easts scrum continues to be one of the best aspects of their game as their powerful pack won the set-piece battle which was highlighted by tries to front rowers Richie Asiata and Andrew Ready.

Not to be outshone by their forward counterparts, Easts wingers Navi Tiko and David Yabsley also crossed for five pointers, finishing off some sleek backline movement.

University pushed the pace throughout the game and looked threatening with the ball in hand while Scott Gale’s fast distribution led to Birch and Alex Horan’s tries.
Campbell Wakely, Phil Potgieter and Jack De Guingand also secured tries for the Red Heavies to keep UQ in the match after Easts led by two converted tries at the break.

At 29-26, with the clock winding down, UQ showed composure to turn down two kickable penalty goals and find their way to the try line.

Easts will be disappointed with the loss given they proved they have the ability to match it with the top contenders.

The Tigers get to test that ability against the second-placed Gallopers this weekend at Yoku Road while University of Queensland head to the Gold Coast to face Bond University.

University of Queensland 33 (C Wakely P Potgieter J de Guingand A Horan J Birch tries J Dalgleish 4 cons) defeated Easts 29 (R Asiata A Ready N Tiko D Yabsley tries L Tibbetts pen 3 cons)

Bulldogs hat-trick of wins

Wests secured their third consecutive win with a 25-22 victory over Bond University at Sci-Fleet Stadium.

The result has the Bulldogs well placed in fourth spot on the ladder on equal points with Brothers.

Wests got off to a flying start at home, swinging it wide to winger Ed Fidow to score inside the opening three minutes.

The home side got out to a 12-point lead when prop Ausetalia Vaiomanu burst through, drew the fullback and put Matthew Ika over for Wests second.

Bond looked threatening in attack but Wests defence held strong, forcing the visitors to take a long-range penalty goal. Mitch Third stepped up and drilled the kick reducing Wests lead to nine points.

With 10 minutes remaining in the half, the Bulldogs mauled the ball forward and Cody Blackhurst dotted down to extend the home side’s lead to the half-time score of 17-3.

Bond came out of the sheds firing, took a quick tap before Rubin Fuimaono dived over the line to make reduced the deficit to one converted-try

Wests fullback Byron Hutchinson slotted a long range penalty goal but the 10-point buffer was short lived when Fuimaono crossed for his second try.

Connor Anderson found a small hole in Bond’s defence to crash over for Wests final points of the match.

With six minutes remaining, Bond centre Jack Redden danced his way through and passed to Joel Brown who scored, reducing the Bulldogs lead to three points.

The visitors launched one final attacking raid but Wests’ defence held on, ensuring the home side would claim their third win on the trot.

Next weekend, Bond will face the ladder leaders, UQ, on home turf, while the Bulldogs will head over to Hugh Courtney Oval to face Norths.

Wests 25 (C Blackhurst C Anderson D Wilhongi P-E Slater tries B Hutchinson pen con) defeated Bond University 22 (R Fuimaono 2 tries J Brown try M Third pen 2 cons)

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