Week 1 of QLD Premier Rugby is in the books.
We thought Sunnybank might cause a massive upset and they dually saluted, a huge win for the Dragons in Round 1 away @ Easts.
In fact our tipping was pretty good across the board.
The unofficial Match of the Round was UQ & Brothers.
UQ just controlled the tempo of the game, they played a fast pace and tore Brothers apart early, in fact Brothers must have missed the team bus , 19-0 early on the back of some poor defense.
The line outs were funny old things the whole day, both teams struggled on their own ball - an area of emphasis this week no doubt for both teams.
UQ halfback Finn Hearn scored two tries on his starting debut in Prem grade - not a bad return for the young fella - how's the UQ halfback depth?
Scott Gale, Kalani Thomas and Tate McDermott, if they're all there come finals time they might need to jump in to the forward pack!
For Brothers, Hudson Creighton was good, real good, 2 try assists and some excellent offloading in contact.
UQ held off Brothers who eventually rallied strongly, both teams better for the run.
The other games?
GPS were too good for an improving Souths.
Josh Vatu was good at the base of the scrum for Jeeps, while Josh Collins scored a try for the ages in the second half, from 50 out he broke the line, splits 3 defenders like he's doing the slaloms at the Winter Olympics to score in the corner.
Pretty special stuff.
Souths not too bad against a tried and tested GPS outfit, the Farrell Brothers are like the Bash Brothers from Mighty Ducks, they've got a big presence out there while Elijah Kefu is keeping the family name in high regard with some damaging ball carrying.
Theo Fourie was good too, that guy has a high work rate.
Souths might go alright this year and might be a decent betting proposition.
The Eagles made the longest QPR journey on the weekend flying down the M1 from Shaw Road to Robina.
The 2020 finalists dictated the flow of the game with Joey Fittock grabbing a hat-trick.
Norths scored an early try thanks to the forwards but by the 65th minute were down 29-7.
The Eagles capitalised late with a Liam Prendergast try on the fringe, Kyle Foxwell going coast-to-coast scoring after an intercept and Jacob Prideaux having a good day on the boot. All game Bond's seasoned forward Connor Pritchard was everywhere while the Italian Stallion import James Ambrosini had silky touches.
2021 is underway, at home the Bullsharks will have some wounded cats pawing the water this weekend, while norths Norths will return to their nest to deal with some trotting ponies.
Sunnybank v Easts, well this was a cracking match!
6 from 6 is great but it’s totally last year, how about 0 from 1?
The dragons have scored themselves a nice new tiger skin rug over the weekend from where they now sit and stare at new silverware in the cabinet, The Rick Tyrrell Cup.
The reigning premiers struck first with Matt Smit, then Sunnybank went one better with a 60m Hayden Sargeant effort and Daniel Anae dropping over behind a driving maul.
Down 7-12 in the second, fly half Jack Frampton sliced sleeping defence and scored quickly to tie it up. The Dragons kept coming but, forcing Easts into some desperation stuff including foul play from Landon Hayes and a penalty try for the Bank.
A missed conversion following another Frampton special brought it within two before tighthead Laurence Tominiko ploughed his way across to put the dragons clear 24-17. It all came down to an 81st minute Tigers line out inside Sunnybank’s 22 but a non-straight throw drew the curtains.
The Tigers head down the M1 this weekend with flake on the menu while Sunnybank will enjoy their newfound treasure like Smaug until round 3 when they head to glue factory to spook some horses.
We'll have a full preview of Round 2 of Queensland Premier Rugby later in the week.
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