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Five things we learned - Queensland Premier Rugby Round 14

1. Wests back in the winner’s circle

After a strong start to the 2017 season, the Bulldogs momentum was well and truly dashed when Souths, Easts and UQ handed the side three consecutive losses. A loss on Saturday would have put a serious dent in the Bulldogs finals’ hopes but they showed no signs of nerves and ran in three unanswered first-half tries before striding away with victory. The win pins them just outside the top four and with a favourable run home the Bulldogs could well still feature at finals time.

The Bulldogs sit just outside the top four after Saturday's win and will be confident they can sneak into the top four by season's end. Photo: QRU - Brendan Hertel

2. Nick Poole pots 41 points

The Tigers’ Reserve Grade side produced a dominant attacking performance on Saturday afternoon, running away with a 91-5 win. While such a scoreline is the product of a cohesive team performance, the individual effort of Nick Poole did not go unnoticed. The winger crossed for five tries and slotted eight conversions to claim 41 of his team’s points, including one spectacular 70 metre intercept effort. You can watch all five of Poole’s tries below.

3. Aussie U20s back in club land

With three Australian U20s players back on deck, Bond University stunned the Brethren, scoring a late 80-metre match-winning try. Dylan Riley caused havoc in the midfield, setting up one try and crossing for another while Harry Nucifora added youthful energy at scrumhalf. Angus Blyth came off the bench as Bond secured a one-point win. Over at Tigerland, Reece Hewat and Liam Wright ran out for Norths and Easts respectively as the Eagles held on in a thriller. Hewat was particularly influential in his Premier Grade debut.

4. Havelu hat-trick sinks the Magpies

Despite spending 10 minutes on the sidelines, GPS flanker Jay Havelu snuck over for three tries as the Gallopers ran in eight tries to five at Yoku Road on Saturday. The Gallopers won two five-metre scrums against the head that resulted in Havelu picking the ball up and diving over. At blindside flanker, Havelu was destructive against a big Souths pack. Sitting in second spot the Gallopers will all but confirm their place in the major semi-final with a win over Bond University this weekend.

5. Chapman steers the Eagles home in a thriller

Norths scrumhalf Nick Chapman put the nail in the Tigers’ coffin on Saturday afternoon. The scrumhalf looked set to retrieve a Reece Hewat kick but was taken out before gathering the ball. Awarded a penalty as a result, Chapman made no mistake with the shot at goal after already nailing three of four conversions. His boot proved the difference in the end with opposite number Tim Smith pushing two of his attempts wide. The Eagles have now won five matches and climb their way up the ladder with a strong finish to the season.


Norths scrumhalf Nick Chapman delivered the final blow for the Eagles. Photo: QRU - Brendan Hertel

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