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Bond University Queensland Country record third straight win against Melbourne Rising

Bond University Queensland Country have claimed their third straight win and top spot on the National Rugby Championship ladder, with a 54-12 win over the Melbourne Rising.  
In front of over 1000 spectators at Bond University, Country outscored the Rising eight tries to two, with winger Filipo Daugunu crossing for a hat-trick in just his second NRC match.
Queensland Country head coach Brad Thorn said: “It’s pleasing for us to claim our third-straight win, recording another milestone for the team, in front of a vocal home crowd at Bond.
“The whole team stood up and performed today. They were tested throughout the match but stood up to the challenge. They managed to hold the Rising out with only 13-men on field, which says a lot about the culture within the side and their attitude in defence.
“Paul Carozza has done some great work with our attack, which was on show today, the backline clicked despite some changes throughout the second half.”
Queensland Country were the first to cross the paint in the 15th minute, with centre Chris Feauai-Sautia crashing over next to the posts, James Tuttle slotted the conversion giving Country a 7-nil lead.
In the 34th minute, Daugunu made broke through the Rising defensive line and scored his first under the posts. Tuttle converted the try taking Country’s lead to 14-nil.
The Rising held possession for the closing minutes of the first-half, and camped themselves on Country’s tryline.
Country kept the Rising’s attack at bay, but were dealt two yellow cards in the process with both Daugunu and Eto Nabuli sent to the sin-bin, reducing the home-side to 13-men as they headed into half-time with a 14-nil lead.
Country weathered the Rising’s attack at the beginning of the second half, and crossed for a try through Taniela Tupou while still reduced to 14-men in the 48th minute.
Hamish Stewart was next to score, crossing in the corner off a Caleb Timu offload. Tuttle slotted the conversion to extend their lead to 28-nil.  
Cameron Mapusua scored Melbourne Rising’s first points of the game in the 59th minute, Jack McGregor missed the conversion leaving the score at 28-5.
Country captain Duncan Paia’aua scored in the 63rd minute under the posts, Stewart slotted the conversion taking Country’s lead to 35-5.   
The home-side gained possession again and Teti Tela made a break down the left side-line, scoring a run-away in the corner. Stewart missed the conversion, leaving the score at 40-5.
In the 73rd minute, a cross-field kick from Stewart saw Daugunu cross for his second. Daugunu converted his own try, taking the score to 47-5.
Daugunu was not finished for the day, a pop pass from Tai Ford put him over the line for his hat-trick. He once again slotted the conversion to extend Country’s lead to 54-5.
Right on full time Melbourne Rising’s Jason Havea scored, with McGregor slotting the conversion, leaving the final score at 54-12.
The win capped off a great day for Queensland Rugby, with the University of Queensland claiming their fourth straight AON University 7s tournament win and the overall trophy for the series, the Queensland U16s claimed the national title with a 21-12 win over NSW and the Queensland Red Junior Gold Cup side accounted for the Sydney Rays 71-10.

With three back-to-back wins, Queensland Country will return to the Gold Coast next Saturday to host the annual Country v Country clash.
“We’re back at Bond next week for our interstate clash against NSW Country and we’re looking forward tough challenge,” said Thorn.
Queensland Country will host NSW Country next Saturday, October 7, at Bond University. Kick-off at  4:00pm AEST.
Bond University Queensland Country 54 (Chris Feauai-Sautia, Filipo Daugunu 3, Taniela Tupou, Hamish Stewart, Duncan Paia’aua, Teti Tela tries; James Tuttle 4, Stewart 1, Daugunu 2 conversions) defeated Melbourne Rising 12 (Cameron Mapusua, Jason Havea tries; Jack McGregor 1 conversion) at Bond University on Saturday 30 September, 2017.

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