Updated: May 10
Another big weekend of QPR with convincing wins and nail biters despite no Reds players and wet conditions.
Another good week on the tipping front, we went 4/4, 88% for the season, booo-yah!
Souths v Brothers
We said it was going to be tight and niggly and gee whiz it certainly was.
Brothers grabbed a pair of penalty goals by quarter time from defensive penalties against Souths’ Xavier Vela and then Brad Kelegai.
Winger Seb Hanna retained the following restart causing chaos for Brothers who could not stop Tye James putting serial agitator Sean Farrell across again for his third in 2 weeks, Deja-vu.
Billy Bulley got the visitors back in front 13-7 after he schooled debuting Dennis Waight and then Nate Carrol grabbed a penalty goal to get them nine points clear at the break.
Following an eight-minute siege after the starting whistle Magpie Scott Morrison went untouched off the back of a scrum to bring them within two.
The following 30 minutes rarely left Brothers end of the field with penalties, set piece and field position not enough to get Souths up on the scoreboard.
Brothers have finally got their start but can get complacent with the Battle of the North at home this weekend against a desperate and seething Norths.
Souths will be stinging form this one, yes it was a messy game but missed opportunities and game management will be on the agenda with the bye in round five.
GPS v Sunnybank
Sunnybank travelled to Yoku Road looking for a top four spot and silverware, while GPS welcomed back Bobby Tuttle and his +1, Dane Haylett-Petty.
In his first game back in QPR (new colours) Emori Waqavulagi lived up to the hype going try line to try line breaking four tackles along the way and scoring putting GPS up by seven.
Some traded penalty goals put the dragons behind by four, but veteran Ollie Bartlet would grab last points of the half, going through loose forward Joseph Faulalo leaving the score 15-6.
Waqavulagi struck again like a kid with lice after the break getting GPS ahead by 16 and soon thereafter welcoming Bobby Tuttle and his pal Dane to the field.
Chris Kuridrani has been huge for GPS so far this season, as was the under contact filthy underarm flick he delivered, setting up Niven Longapoa to add 5 more.
Inspired by Waqavulagi, Haylett-Petty kicked inside his 22, chased, regathered in Sunnybank’s 22 and then offloaded to Longapoa for his second in the same corner, Bravo.
At the death multiple infringements saw GPS sub Kieren Johnston go to the bin and gift Sunnybank a penalty try leaving scores at 32-11.
The unbeaten Gallopers (3rd) will star in a top of the table clash down the M1 this weekend against their table neighbour Bond (2nd) who historically play well at home.
Sunnybank will need reload and bring their big game this weekend when they host top of the table UQ who have put 99 points on teams in the last two games.
UQ v Easts
Our 2020 premiers headed over to St Lucia for a grand final rematch trying to break two streaks; their losing and UQ’s winning.
The return of Eli Pilz and Shane Kennedy seemed to snap the Tigers back into champion mode with a Pilz kick regathered by Kennedy who put Jack Frampton over and grabbing the lead 5-0.
Following a penalty five out seasoned operator Con Foley walked past sleeping Tigers for a try, then Brad Twidale was next selling candy putting UQ ahead by seven.
A penalty try and yellow card for UQ’s Will Roach levelled the score but final points before half time came from a dodgy Fergus Lillicrap offload and a spiderman Tom Molloy take putting UQ ahead by seven.
Connor Vest drove over next, followed by Mosiah Christian darting in after a scrum and then an Oates brothers kick return special from 50 out; 19 points in 10 minutes.
Despite Kennedy producing a spectacular try saving tackle, substitute UQ hooker Jake Tierney stole the resulting Tigers lineout to score.
Final points for the visitors came from a Zach Crothers pick and drive while UQ also received a penalty try for a denied dominant scrum leaving it at 52-17.
UQ have found their mojo putting on 99 points in two rounds. They take on Sunnybank away this weekend who like every team this season faced GPS the previous round and lost.
The Tigers are struggling, the losses coupled with Ben Grant’s unknown condition following a head knock and growing rumours that star prop George Francis wants out. They host the Bulldogs this week and it looks to be another uphill battle.
Norths V Wests
After their upset loss to Souths in round four the Bulldogs headed to Hugh Courtney where winless Eagles were looking for redemption.
Jacob Prideaux converted two penalties around a pick and dive try next to the post from Will Rodgers to put the home side up 13-0 at half time.
It took nearly 50 minutes for Wests to get on the scoreboard but good hands from the FIFO Carter Gordon and Fletcher Spicer put winger Callum Hicks over and the bulldogs behind by eight.
Striking while the iron was hot Rob Puliuvea went over from the back of a ruck followed by Jerry Skelton off a driving maul putting them ahead by 6.
With 10 to go the Eagles took the lead by one after a quick penalty tap inside the Bulldogs 22 saw Shai Weperi cross.
The Bulldogs were on track to score in the 79th when Norths’ fullback Kyle Fox deliberately knocked down the ball resulting in Gordon stealing the win in overtime, 22-20.
Wests’ head coach Carl Marshall will take the win but knows full well this team needs to get their house in order. They travel to Tigerland this weekend hoping to grab another win.
There is nothing worse than a loss in after time, especially from a penalty. Pat Byron’s boys came close to an upset but need to muster all their strength as local pride is on the line this weekend in the battle of the north against Brothers at Crosby Road.
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