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Queensland Premier Rugby Match Reports - Round 15

Sunnybank hold onto third spot

Sunnybank registered a 50-24 win over Easts on Saturday afternoon at Oldmac Oval.

The win saw the Dragons hold on to third spot with only three rounds remaining in the 2017 Queensland Premier Rugby season.

A cheeky chip kick from Sunnybank fullback Jake McIntyre was pounced on by winger Junior Laloifi who opened the scoring.

The Dragons sent the ball through the hands in the 18th minute and McIntyre finished off the movement to extend Sunnybank’s lead.

Easts got themselves on the scoreboard after 20 minutes when Richie Asiata bounced off two defenders on his way to the try line.

Issak Fines-Leleiwasa took a quick tap close to the line and found hooker Moli Sooaemalelagi with a short ball before Richie Ah Chong finished off another movement to further extend the home side’s lead.

In the 34th minute, Fines-Leleiwasa punished Easts for losing the ball in contact as he raced away for the Dragons fifth try.

As half time approached, Sunnybank’s two wingers Ah Chong and Laloifi linked up in the mid field to give the Dragons a 31-point lead at the break.

Sunnybank were first to score in the second stanza with Ah Chong crossing for a double.

The Tigers reclaimed the ball off the restart and blindside flanker Max Allen dotted down before Alfonso Horomia sliced through moments later to peg back the Dragons’ lead.

Horomia charged down a kick in the 63rd and dished the ball to Easts outside centreToby White who raced away for the Tigers’ fourth.

The Dragons had the last laugh winning a five-metre scrum against the head that saw Richard Kingi dive over the line.

Sunnybank 50 (J Laloifi R Ah Chong 2 tries M Sooaemalelagi I Fines-Leleiwasa J McIntyre R Kingi tries J Strachan 4 cons J McIntyre con) d Easts 24 (R Asiata M Allen A Horomia T White tries J Tibbetts 2 cons)

The Eagles claim the Northern derby

Norths secured a 38-34 win over Brothers in Round 15 Queensland Premier Rugby at Hugh Courtney Oval on Saturday.

Norths’ Nubmer 8 Shane Tasi and scrumhalf Nick Chapman both dotted down for doubles as the Eagles ran in six tries to Brothers’ five.

The victory was the Eagles six for the year, providing the club with a mathematical chance of sneaking their way into finals contention over the coming weeks.

With half time approaching, Veresa Mataitini dived over in the corner before Brothers reclaimed the restart and Fraser McReight hit right back to give the Brethren a 17-12 half-time lead.

After the break, Garrath Ryan crawled his way over from close range before Mitch Felsman slotted a straight-forward penalty goal to extend the visitors lead.

A brilliant counter-attacking movement saw Tom Da Forno link up with Mataitini up the left-hand touchline before Brent Jones and Shane Tasi finished it off in the midfield.

Tasi crossed for a double in the 55th to peg back Brothers lead to three points after Nick Chapman’s conversion attempt sailed wide.

An intercept to Norths flyhalf Michael Burke saw Norths reclaim the lead in the 64th minute before Chapman zeroed in on a loose carry and kicked ahead to dot down for another try to Norths.

Brothers lock Emmanuel Latu burrowed his way over in the dying stages but any hope of Brothers snatching back a late victory were dashed when Burke booted the ball into touch.

Norths 38 (S Tasi V Mataitini 2 tries N Chapman M Burke tries N Chapman 4 cons) d Brothers 34 (G Ryan F McReight H Symes E Baillie M Felsman 2 pens 3 cons L Creighton con)

The Heavies run riot at home

University of Queensland ran riot over Souths registering a convincing 87-19 win at Chipsy Wood Oval on Saturday.

Winger Harry Parker and outside centre Josh Birch both crossed for hat-tricks as the Heavies ran in 13 tries to Souths three.

The bonus-point win saw UQ lock up top spot and the minor premiership with three rounds still remaining in the Premier Rugby season.

The Red Heavies scored early in the contest when fullback Nathan Russell sliced through Souths defence.

The backline for the Red Heavies fired early, scoring the first four tries off slick backline moves to shoot out to a 26-0 lead.

Souths looked promising with the ball early, but just missed some composure on a few attacking raids.

Then Paul Brown capitalised on some quality field position crashing over near the posts to get Souths on the board.

UQ’s forward pack took control of the game, scoring the next three tries off some tight play close to the try line.

As half time was called the Magpies were in some serious trouble down 47-7 against the competition leaders.

Souths came out of half time with some signs of life scoring first in the second half when Teti Tela crashed over under the posts.

That was as good as it got for the Magpies as UQ’s backline sliced through Souths defence for the remainder of the second half, adding a further five tries to their tally.

It was another dominant performance for the Red Heavies and a very long day for the Magpies who need some results to go their way to stay alive in 2017.

As the competition begins to look to finals, UQ will look to put another statement win on next weekend against Easts and Souths will attempt to put this one behind them when they take on Brothers at Crosby park.

University of Queensland 87 (J Campbell, H Parker, J Birch 2 tries; N Russell, A Horan, P Potgieter, M Singh, J Cornelsen, P Morrey tries; J Dalgleish 4, N Russell 7 goals) Def Souths 19 (P Brown, L Aumua, J Ngamanu tries; S Malolua 2 goals)

Gallopers remain undefeated at Yoku

GPS have defeated Bond University 41-16 at Yoku Road on Saturday in a thrilling encounter.

Despite the early scoreboard pressure, the Gallopers were able to weather the storm and dominate the second half.

Bond drew first blood in the fixture but GPS’ captain Dan Gorman hit back after a damaging run from inform centre, Maalonga Konelio.

Jay Havelu was sent to the sin bin early in the match and multiple penalties from Mitch Third gave the visitors a 9-5 lead.

Bond were unable to hang onto their lead with Nick Frisby darting off the back of a dominant scrum before finding Eric Vasukicakau cutting back inside to score.

With the second half underway, Frisby’s spontaneous quick tap was eventually rewarded with Laione Mulikihaamea crashing over to extend GPS’ lead to 22-9.

Havelu redeemed himself for time his time in the bin, using his size to find the chalk in some close quarters play.

Young GPS flyer Pat Nicholson was next to strike, bursting through an ineffective tackle and using his speed to find the line.

Bond winger Michael Marshall kept Bond’s hopes alive by collecting a crafty pop pass and reducing the scoreline to 34-16.

In typical GPS fashion they finished strong with Nicholson scoring his second for the day after a huge bump off and some excellent footwork on the counter attack.

Bond were unable to get back into the fixture and the Gallopers secured a 41-16 victory.

Next week GPS head to Sunnybank while Bond University have another tough home game against Wests.

GPS 41 (L Mulikaamea, D Gorman, J Havelu, E Vasukicakau, P Nicholson 2 tries, AJ Alatimu 4 cons, 1 pen) Bond 16 (M Marshall tries, M Third 1 con 3 pen)

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