Clash of the Titans - QPR Round 5 Preview

Big names are going toe to toe, meanwhile cyclone St Lucia bears down on Sunnybank.

QPR round 5 is upon us, as is the Au Super Rugby Grand final and with that Thorny has greenlit some of the extended squad’s return to club land.

Brothers v Norths

It’s the first round of the Green Beacon Cup with Brothers hosting Norths at Crosby Road.

Following their first win of the season the home side has three starting changes this week. Jonte Connolly in the row, Reds prop Harry Hoopert is back and a late addition Tom Da Forno for injured winger Billy Bulley.

Still stinging and winless after last week Norths have only one change to the run on XV with Ethan Richards elevated from the bench to inside centre.

This is always a good battle but with two freshly named Jr Wallaby squad members bolstering the bench you have to give it to the home side.

Brothers by 14

Bond v GPS

The bunter bowl is on the line during the first genuine top of the table clash of the season with table neighbours Bond (3rd) hosting GPS (2nd).

Fresh off the bye Bond’s only change in the backline is Spencer Jeans at half back while in the forwards it looks to remain as per.

There is a question mark hovering over the second Row, Angus Blyth has been called up in response to a supposed injury within the Red's ahead of the grand final.

GPS have made some strong changes especially after saying bon voyage to AJ Alitumu who flew out to MLR. Their first-string front will start, Reds Tuaina Tualima is back at lock, captain Michael Richards returns from wedding duties and live wire Josh Collins jumps on the wing.

It’s going to be a very tough game but the Bullsharks at home gives them the edge.

Bond by 7.

Easts v Wests

Following their big loss last week winless East’s are back at Tigerland for round five against their cardinal opposites Wests.

The Tigers have a raft of changes this weekend, In the forwards Filimoni Koroivunilagi in the row and Alex Smit on the side then in the backs Lucas Niedzwieki on the wing and Mika Tela in the centres.

Reds halfback Moses Sorovi returns for the Bulldogs with freshly named jr Wallaby squad member Keynan Tauakipulu back at #8, Mason Gordon starts at fullback and Tui Oloapu at inside centre.

There could also be another MASSIVE 🔥SPICY 🔥 last minute inclusion for the Bulldogs.

Wests have bolstered while Easts have plugged holes.

Bulldogs by 12.

Sunnybank v UQ

Mid-table Sunnybank are packing sandbags in preparation for a potential incoming calamity, UQ.

The Dragons following their loss to GPS have five changes, Caleb Sharples (lock) and Sam Mata’afa (#8) will make their starting debut, Samuel Samu (wing) and Connor Mulhearn (inside centre) move up from the bench and Puni Aupuni (wing) returns from injury.

The Heavies get a Reds injection with hooker Josh Nasser back starting alongside fullback Mac Grealy, while Ben Paxton-Hall jumps in at lock and veteran Connor Mitchell fills in for injured captain Pat Morrey.

UQ are on a hot streak with good cattle present.

Heavies by 20+

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