Updated: Apr 24
Round three of Queensland Premier rugby is here with ONE game set to be an absolute grind.
We are tipping at 88% so far, let's do it.
Sunnybank v Bond
What do these teams have in common? They both schooled our 2020 champions in their last match with this game determining which has sharper teeth, Dragons or Sharks.
Sunnybank will be feeling fresh and confident coming off the bye. Emmitt Keepa and Antonine Losefo join the starting line up alongside Super rugby capped prop Albert Anae who returns from a Melbourne Rebels stint.
Bond are travelling to Oldmac Oval with hopes of retaining their top of the table position. They will be without the help of Reds’ front rowers Zane Nonggorr and Alex Mafi but welcome rugby league international Jordan Kahu who starts in #11 tomorrow.
It’s hard to overlook Sunnybank’s win in round one but Bond are on the warpath.
Bond by 20+
UQ V Norths
The Red Heavies have not been convincing in their wins so far, nor have the Eagles done enough claim one themselves. This weekend provides an opportunity for them both to remedy this.
UQ have a made a few changes but it is mostly the same furniture.
Their halves journey continues with Mosiah Christian (#9) and Declan Maguire (#10) starting on debut while round one sensation Finn Hearn and returning from injury Brad Twidale are set to replace them off the bench, respectively.
Norths will be without forwards Matt Wilshire and Kenneth Taviri this week making way for Shaun Coel and Jordan Tuapou to start. Meanwhile in the backs Pauly Rakatau-Wiperi and Vilikesa Raboiliku are the only new starting additions from last week.
UQ by 17.
Easts v GPS
This one is going to the final whistle.
The Tigers sit third last with only one competition point after two losses as they take on undefeated third placed GPS.
The home side seems to be without Eli Pilz, Dylan Taikato-Simpson, Shane Kennedy and their Reds contingent creating a large vacuum for players to fill from lower grades.
Meanwhile the visitors have a match day 23 remarkably similar to last week with the starting backline unchanged and starting front row swapped with the bench. Interesting tactic from head coach Shane Arnold. Loose forward Matt Gicquel has not been named yet which begs the question is last week’s blue card is still in play?
It will be a tough game, but GPS by 7.
Wests V Souths
To commemorate Anzac Day, Wests are hosting Souths on Sunday afternoon.
Wests are by and large the favourite even without most of their round two super squad.
Only one change to their forward’s, with Liam Usher out Jone Tilko fills out the front row. Many of the reserve backs form last week are starting with Jono Kent to Fly Falf, Jeral Skelton to Outside Centre and Mason Gordon at Fullback.
Souths did well despite injuries last week, but they have followed them into round three.