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Five things we learned - Queensland Premier Rugby Round 15

1. Isaac Lucas has found his feet

At 18 years of age, Isaac Lucas is giving weight to the saying ‘if you’re good enough you’re old enough.’ The young inside centre has been lighting up the competition since making his debut in Round 10 but Saturday’s performance against the Tigers was his best yet. He looked ominous throughout the match as he set up tries with clever running lines and pin-point cut-out passes. Awarded his first True Protein High Performer of the Round, Lucas looks like the complete Premier Rugby package and will be a key player for the Dragons over the final rounds.

Caption: Isaac Lucas with his older brother and Australian Sevens star Tom. Photo: QRU Media - Brendan Hertel.

2. There’s depth in the Gallopers’ stables

With a few changes and positional switches to their starting XV, it took GPS a while to find their groove on Saturday before they eventually ran away with a 41-16 victory. The six try to one win proved the Gallopers have the depth necessary to compete at the business end of the season. Pat Nicholson’s switch to outside centre was a success, with the winger punishing Bond’s defence and crossing for two tries along the way. GPS have established a winning structure and players are slipping in out of the team without effecting performance.

3. Moses or McDermott, the Heavies are covered

Since making his Premier Rugby debut off the bench in Round 9, Tate McDermott has been a regular on the Heavies bench. His energy in the dying stages has allowed the ladder leaders to maintain a pace that sides have struggled to match. On Saturday, McDermott earned his first start for the Heavies and proved he is more than capable of wearing the Number 9 jersey full time. For a young scrumhalf, McDermott cleverly picks his moments and snipes with confidence. He launched a number of UQ’s attacking raids on Saturday as the home side ran in 13 tries at Chipsy Wood Oval.

Caption: Young Uni scrumhalf Tate McDermott. Photo: QRU Media - Brendan Hertel.

4. Norths record a hat-trick of victories

As far as Norths are concerned it’s a shame the regular season is drawing to a close because the Eagles are just starting to reach their potential. Three strong performances against Bond, Easts and Brothers has seen Norths record a hat-trick of victories and while they are still a mathematical chance of sneaking their way into the top four, it would require results to go their way. They’ve had their fair share of injuries but Norths are playing an expansive and exciting brand of footy that would threaten any of the top four sides.

5. The Tigers are skating on thin ice

The Tigers didn’t show up to Oldmac Oval on Saturday and were punished by a slick Sunnybank outfit. With the toughest run home in the competition, Easts will now enter knock-out mode, three rounds out from finals time. This weekend, they face Premier Rugby’s toughest test when they head to Stade de Heavy to face UQ. A bye in Round 17 will be followed by a final round clash against the Gallopers meaning the Tigers’ remaining two matches are must wins. This is because Wests sit just behind them in fifth spot with a favourable run home and one match in hand.

Caption: Despite the Tigers back-to-back loses, Richie Asiata has been in damaging form for the Tigers. Photo: QRU Media - Brendan Hertel. 

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