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Bond University celebrate their win over Souths. Photo Credit: QRU Media/Brendan Hertel.
2. UQ MAKE IT FIVE ON THE TROT
University of Queensland came out 22-19 winners in a seesawing, muddy encounter against the Bankers at Oldmac Oval on Saturday to go one step closer to securing a finals appearance in 2019.
After the Students raced out of the blocks early with a rolling-maul try to Singcho Tamala after just two minutes, Sunnybank replied with tries to Will Feeney and Josh Walker to lead 12-7, before a solo-effort by hulking centre TJ Siakisini gave the Heavies a narrow lead at half-time.
Dragons playmakers Hayden Sargeant and Tom Lucas then combined for the side’s third try early in the second-half to put the hosts back in front, with the Bankers holding a 19-14 lead with half an hour of play remaining.
Sunnybank were again unable to hold their lead however, with returning Queensland Reds flyer Jock Campbell busting his way over the line from 20-metres out to even the ledger at 19-all in the 63rd minute.
Both sides had attacking opportunities to ice the game, but it was UQ who took theirs, with James Dalgleish stepping up to slot a penalty goal and seal the three-point win in the 71st minute.
Sunnybank had the chance to snatch a win in the dying seconds but were unable to break the Uni line as the Heavies held on for a tight three-point victory.
The win is the Student’s fifth-straight as they prepare to face ladder-leaders Brothers and GPS in the coming weeks, with the Brethren at St Lucia their next hurdle as the side looks to secure a finals berth.
The Bankers will be out to cause an upset when they face GPS at Yoku Road this weekend, with the side needing to put together a full 80-minute performance if they are to best the Gallopers.
St.George Queensland Reds and Easts flanker Liam Wright enjoyed the Tigerland crowd before flying to South Africa with the Wallabies on Sunday. Photo Credit: QRU Media/Brendan Hertel.
4. GPS HOLD OFF NORTHS
GPS strengthened their hold on second-spot on the ladder in Round 15 with a tight 21-16 win over Norths at Hugh Courtney Oval.
In wet conditions at Shaw Road, the Gallopers held on for a narrow six-point win on the back of tries to Josh Collins and front-rowers Ruan Smith and Maile Ngauamo, with DP de Lange’s perfect form off the tee ensuring Jeeps left with a victory.
Nick Chapman was again in fine form for the Eagles, the versatile playmaker scoring all sixteen of the home side’s points with three penalties, a solo-runaway try and a conversion.
Chapman helped his side open up an early advantage in front of their home crowd, with his first two penalty goals giving Norths a 6-nil lead after the opening 30-minutes of play.
GPS hit back when Smith barged over for their first try, before Chapman busted the Jeeps defence on the stroke of half-time to score the Eagles only five-pointer.
After receiving the ball 40-metres out from the try-line, Chapman dummied and stepped his way through the Galloper’s defence to score and then went on to convert his own try to give his side a 13-7 lead at the break.
The second-half belonged to GPS however, with Ngauamo pushing his way over for a try, before Josh Collins snatched an intercept and dashed away to score and give the visitors a 21-13 lead after 60-minutes.
With weather conditions worsening, Chapman slotted his third penalty to bring Norths within 21-16 in the final ten-minutes, but the Eagles were unable to break the Jeeps line as the Gallopers held on for a narrow win.
GPS will host Sunnybank at Yoku Road this weekend as they look to build momentum on their quest for consecutive titles, while Norths will face Easts at Tigerland.
Bulldogs lock Rob Puliuvea. Photo Credit: QRU Media/Brendan Hertel.
12 JULY 2019