Updated: Apr 28
Round 3 of QPR celebrated Anzac Day and boy it didn't disappoint, the only one we got wrong was a big win for some underdogs on Sunday!
Let's check it out!
Easts v GPS
On the back of two losses the Tigers returned home to face undefeated GPS and challenge them for the Bunter Bowl.
The game started slow with Easts spending much of it in their Red Zone. Despite some electric early signs from Josh Collins GPS took the three’s on offer and led 6-0 by 21 minutes (sigh).
Minutes later Henry Olsen found the white paint putting the home side one behind the pace, where they would stay going into the break.
Early in the second a lapse in short side defence put winger Max Baker into space gifting lock Mitch Schneider a try moments later putting the tigers ahead by six.
GPS replied taking the lead by eight after Lock Daniel Byrne scored off a maul and substitute hooker Matt Mafi picking and driving his way over also for a try.
A quick counterattack produced a penalty try, after a Jason Hofmeyr deliberate knockdown denied Mika Tela a genuine scoring opportunity. The fullback copped a yellow and put the Tigers one point behind 19-20 with six minutes to go.
A failed Easts maul and a subsequent scrum penalty brought the visitors to their doorstep where reserve prop Jethro Felemi crossed off a maul to keep GPS undefeated winning 25-19.
Another great showing for GPS who sit in the leader group within the competition, they take on Sunnybank at home in Round Four. We could be seeing a shuffle up soon though, word has it in-form Flyhalf Aj Alitimu is off to MLR in the coming weeks.
No Kennedy or Pilz fundamentally hurt Easts this round but perhaps there is a bigger void from no Mowen or Toua. Overall coordination is way down, and they will need to get it sorted with a grand final rematch this week at St Lucia.
Sunnybank v Bond
After beating last year’s premiers in their previous rounds, It was time to face one another at Sunnybank.
Bond got the party started early with a simple through the hands effort putting Max Dowd over and grabbing a seven point lead.
A line breaking kick return from Fullback Liam McNamara 60 meters sold an XL box of favourites to flanker Connor Pritchard and put Nesetolio Solia over leveling the scores.
Bond ploughed over for another signature driving maul try with hooker Nick Turner in the driver’s seat this time.
The same play failed five minutes later but some absurd footwork from Max Dowd gave him a double and the bull sharks a lead 21-7.
Sunnybank grabbed an easy three before the break and then first points of the second through Jeff Faamausili in close quarters to get within six.
Another Max Dowd effort half a metre away from a hat-trick propped up an easy try for Nixon Tarami that denied the dragons a bonus point at full time.
Bond will return home and have two weeks to prepare for a top of the table clash with GPS in round five thanks to the bye. Despite their fierce forwards and lethal backs, they still have their creases, but heaps of time to iron them out.
Sunnybank are showing some impressive signs but are still chasing that 80-minute performance. It is a good challenge away against GPS this week, but one they need to win to find their momentum once more.
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