QPR Colts Finals - battle of the halfbacks?

It's finals time in Queensland Premier Rugby and UQ has claimed yet another minor premiership in the Colts 1 competition.

They'll meet old sparring partners Brothers in the Major Semi-Final this Saturday @ Ballymore. Whilst in the sudden death semi, it'll be Bond University and Souths doing battle.

There's a stack of talent to keep your eye on throughout the finals series, but perhaps the most intriguing sub-plot will be the battle of the four halfbacks.

Let's have a look at them.

Finn Hearn

The Nudgee First XV halfback from 2019, Finn Hearn has helped guide UQ to yet another minor premiership in Colts 1 rugby. Hearn's ability to run out of the base of the ruck is a big strength to his game, regularly catching lazy forwards napping.

UQ will be reliant on Hearn and playmaker Jasper Mellish who in all likelihood will be back in Colts this week after a start at flyhalf in Premier Grade last week.

Spencer Jeans

Bond University's Spencer Jeans offers a great all round game, combining great game sense with a strong passing and kicking game. Jeans, like many others in the Bond outfit, is a TSS graduate from 2018 and John Eales Scholarship recipient.

Jeans leads a strong Bond backline which boasts talented youngsters Hamish Roberts, Jesse Grey and Dion Samuela, among others. This team could make some serious noise in the colts finals series.

George Tarabay

Arguably the loudest bloke in all of QLD Premier Rugby, Tarabay is in his final year of colts rugby, having already won a Colts 1 premiership in 2018. Tarabay combines a crisp pass, strong support lines and relentless energy, somehow always finding his way under the skin of the opposition.

Tarabay forms part of a well balanced Brothers side, boasting experience through names such as Ethan Dobbins, skipper Nick Cross and playmaker Jake Pappin, mixed in with exciting 2019 school graduates Titi Nofoagatotoa, Mitch Lowrie and fullback Athen Waia.

Kalani Thomas

Seriously impressed with that I've seen from this bloke. Australian Schoolboys halfback last year, Thomas has played the majority of his first post-school season in Colts. He's also signed on with the Reds, coming in mid-way through the year alongside Josh Flook and Mac Grealy.

Souths were happy to back their young brigade up in Premier Grade for 2020, meaning that a host of them are ineligible to play in finals footy, with that said, they've done a mighty job to be in the Top 4. They'll be heavily reliant on Thomas running the show from the base of the ruck.

So who wins?

I think Bond will account for Souths on the weekend, setting up a preliminary final with the loser of the Brothers / UQ match. As far as that game is concerned, earlier this year UQ took care of Brothers quite comfortably, it'll be a lot closer on Saturday, in fact I think Brothers will win by 10.


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