Super Rugby


10/5/2018

Bond University Queensland Country side named to face the Sydney Rays


Bond University Queensland Country head coach Rod Seib has named his side for their Round 6 National Rugby Championship (NRC) clash against the Sydney Rays, which will be played at Bond University Rugby Club this Saturday, 6 October. 

This weekend’s NRC match forms part of Bond’s ‘Festival of Rugby’, with the Queensland Rugby Union Girls Sevens Junior State Championships taking place over Thursday and Friday, as well as the Bond leg of the AON University 7s series across Saturday and Sunday. 

Two changes have been made to the starting forward pack, with Harry Hockings returning at lock and Souths prop Jake Simeon set to make his starting debut, coming into the side for James Slipper, who will miss the match through injury.  

In the backs, Seib has shuffled a number of players and positions, with Jordan Petaia returning to outside centre, seeing Chris Feauai-Sautia shift to the wing and Jock Campbell to fullback. 

In the reserves, Easts prop Kirwan Sanday will make his first appearance in the Country line-up for 2018, coming into the reserves with Simeon promoted to the starting XV, while Rob Puli’uvea will provide lock cover with the return of Hockings. 

Heading into the match, Country are coming off the back of loses to the Western Force and Brisbane City, but given their three wins in the opening three rounds of the competition, the team are still in fourth place on the ladder and in contention for finals. 

“The message to the team this week is that they have a great opportunity ahead of them on Saturday,” said Seib. 

“Given their performances in the opening rounds we’re in control of our own destiny. If we can perform well in our last two games and deliver on field, we’ll be playing at the business end of the season. 

“The team need to be prepared for the Rays, who have improved with every performance, they’re aware of the challenge ahead. 

“Our match forms part of a big weekend of Rugby at Bond University, with some of the best emerging women’s and men’s Rugby talent in Australia all converging on the Gold Coast. It will be an exciting few days of Rugby and the team are looking forward to it.” 

Country’s match against the Sydney Rays kicks off at 3:00pm at Bond University Rugby Club, and will be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports CH503. Tickets for the AON University 7s series and the NRC match will be $5 on entry. 

Queensland Country side to face Sydney Rays:  
 
1. Richie Asiata - Easts
2. Effi Ma’afu - Wests
3. Jake Simeon – Souths* 
4. Harry Hockings – Reds/University of Queensland – Bowen
5. Angus Blyth – Reds/Bond University – Gold Coast
6. Angus Scott-Young – Reds/University of Queensland 
7. Tom Kibble - GPS
8. Harry Wilson – Brothers
9. Tate McDermott – Reds/University of Queensland – Sunshine Coast
10. Hamish Stewart – Reds/Bond University – Pittsworth
11. Chris Feauai-Sautia – Souths 
12. Duncan Paia’aua – Reds/Norths - Rockhampton
13. Jordan Petaia - Reds/Wests
14. Filipo Daugunu - Reds/Wests 
15. Jock Campbell - University of Queensland – Gold Coast
 
Reserves
16. Alex Casey - Souths 
17. Harry Hoopert - Reds/Brothers – Jondaryn
18. Kirwan Sanday - Easts
19. Rob Puli’uvea – Wests 
20. Michael Wood – Brothers
21. Harry Nucifora – Bond University/Gold Coast 
22. Tom Lucas – Sunnybank/Rockhampton 
23. Patrick James - Brothers 
 
*Denotes NRC and Queensland Country starting debut