Eagles Soar and Heavies Roar - QPR R6 Review

The Eagles grab their first win of the season while other victors notch up more wins.

Another good week tipping, three from four, 83% for the season.

Brothers v Easts

Winless Easts trudged over to Crosby Park to take on Brothers in front of a heaving Ladies Day crowd.

Tiger’s prop JP Tominiko was first to score from a few meters out followed by Brothers centre Kris Larosa who sliced his way through levelling scores five all.

Richard Clift then scored putting the home side ahead before a converted Tiger’s Puke Garland try had them trailing again by two.

Billy Bulley ended the first half with ten points in ten minutes putting the home side ahead 22-12.

The Tiger’s scored early on the second through James Durheim closing the gap to three, unfortunately it did not stay that way for long.

Brothers powered into the back half with tries to Pat James and Jonte Connolly with conversions from Nate Carroll leaving it at 36-19.

Brothers have three wins on the trot and now fringe fourth (Bond) by one competition point so a win away against Sunnybank is a must.

Polarising to their 2020 season the Tigers are last on 0/6, they head to Chipsywood for round seven hoping to change their fortunes.

Wests v Sunnybank

The Dragons flew to Sylvan Road in round six to play the brutish Bulldogs for the Richard Leslie Memorial Trophy.

With feelings of Déjà vu hooker Ethan Dobbins crossed first for Wests off a lineout in the tram tracks followed by halfback Joel Atkins from behind a scrum putting them ahead 10-0.

Thanks to the Inspector Gadget limbs of Ravuama Veutanavanua, flanker Joseph Faulalo crossed getting the Dragons within three at the break.

A Jono Kent Penalty touch finder landing in Sunnybank hands eventuated in flyhalf Connor Mulhearn going untouched from 40m out to score, putting the visitors ahead by four.

With 20 to go an impromptu driving maul resulted in #8 Jerry Skelton scoring, then working it wide put ranking old time fullback Byron Hutchinson across to retake the lead.

A wheeling scrum gave Sunnybank their last points as halfback Neal McNamara scored from 45 out, but a final penalty conversion from Hutchinson locked it up and denied the bonus point, 27-19.

The Bulldogs are currently third but enter the run of death playing Bond, GPS then UQ to determine if they meet the 2021 brief.

The Dragons once again fell short of the mark and will be kicking themselves as two tries were knocked on while scoring. They host brothers this week needing to find another win.

UQ v Bond

The bunting was rolled out as UQ hosted their top of the table Varsity neighbours Bond.

Silky touches five meters out may have helped Red Heavy Fred Keil score first but it was overshadowed by an 80m runaway intercept try by debutant Ronan Kapi to level scores.

Converted tries from Bull Shark Max Dowd and Red heavy BJ Oates levelled the scores again before Nick turner put the visitors in front at the break from the back of a driving maul, 21-14.

The Heavies went on a warpath in the second half, BJ Oates finished with a hat-trick, Keil a double and one for TJ Siakisini on his 50th first grade cap coming off the bench.

UQ have had a perfect season so far, they play away against top of the table GPS this week in front of ladies day for the Bunter Bowl and most importantly the Halley Appleby Memorial Trophy.

Two loses in a row looks tougher than it is for Bond who have many quality players to return from injury and rep. Fate smiles upon them however with the team who jumped them on the table at home this week, Wests.

Souths v Norths

The Talons were out at Chipsywood as the Magpies did battle with the Eagles for the Vietnam Veterans Cup.

The first half was a tough affair between 22’s with both teams opting for penalty conversions giving Norths a lead 6-3.

Souths grabbed the lead in the 39th minute when fullback Tye James absorbed the defence and threw a cut out pass to centre Michael Siaki who scored in the corner.

Eagles centre Vilikesa Raboiliku scored first in the second retaking the lead 13-10 only to be outdone by fleet-footed Magpie winger Seb Hanna who tiptoed around three defenders putting his team ahead by four.

Captain Paulo Leleisiuao returned fire by peeling from a maul to score and then reserve prop Brad Kuhn foolowed suit, crashing over in the 76th minute earning the Eagles their first win of the season.

Souths once again had another close game grabbing a bonus point for being within seven. They head to Tigerland this weekend to duel the current wooden spooners.

Norths have ground out their first win of the season heading into the bye this week. They host the Tigers in round nine and will be looking to go back to back.

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