Super Rugby


Reggies Ready to Gallop at Ballymore

By Luke Beesley

The Gallopers premier grade team secured 12 wins from 16 matches this year and as a result, take on the University of Queensland on Saturday at Ballymore in the major semi-final.

However, part of their success needs to be accredited to the broader squad and the influence of their reserve grade counterparts.

The reserve grade side that takes the field against Sunnybank in a curtain raiser for the main game has only one player that has not featured for premier grade.

“Our depth is strong this year and it has been strong throughout the entire club, which has been a blessing for reserve grade,” GPS reserve grade head coach Corey Trudgen said.

In 2012, Jono Ellis captained GPS’ premier grade team to a narrow defeat in the semi-final against Sunnybank and played alongside leading point scorer, Patrick Smith.

Fast forward five years and both of these players have returned to Yoku Road, but this time they will be lining up in reserve grade.

“You cannot understate the value of having guys like Jono Ellis, Cameron King, Pat Smith and Sam Tewson,” Trudgen said.

“It’s their experience and the lessons that they relay to the younger guys in game based situations that has made the younger ones better footballers.”

To add even more firepower, Mitch Treleaven returns from premier grade after scoring two tries last weekend and is playing alongside Jonathan Kent and regular premier grade starter, Pat Nicholson.

“Those guys feeding off what I believe, is a strong set piece, makes me confident that they will put on a show this weekend,” Trudgen said.

In 2017, GPS’ reserve grade team lost both their fixtures against the Dragons.

Their first loss in Round 8 was by a point and their second loss in Round 16 was by three points.

“We are under no illusion, they are the minor premiers and they deserve to be there,” Trudgen said.

“If anyone was to say who was the favourite going in it would have to be Sunnybank but we believe we have the makeup and the side that can beat them.”

To see the Gallopers and the Dragons fight it out for a grand final spot, head to Ballymore on Sunday for a 1:05PM kick-off.