QPR - Round 5 Review


This weekend coming marks a third of the season done but with the way teams are playing you could be fooled we are at the back end.


Three from four this week, things are hotting up, let's have a look.


Sunnybank v UQ


Beyond their first round win the Dragons had one last team to finish the run of death, top of the table UQ.


Red Heavy wrecking ball Lona Halaholo started things by bagging two back-to-back tries followed by Dragon Daniel Anae getting one off the back of a driving maul leaving it at 7-14 at the break.


Heavy play centre field created gaps out wide for winger Fred Keil and stand in captain Con Foley to both go over next.


Halaholo was massive all day, a line break from the #8 put reserve Nathan Beil over for a try followed by another personal siege that bagged him a third.


Returned Reds squad member Mac Grealy scored last from 45m out, only outdone by the 100% kicking from Kye Oates, leaving scores at 7-49.


7th place Sunnybank head to Sylvan Rd this week to play Wests and need a rebound. They will breathe a sigh of relief with lower end table match ups in the coming weeks.


UQ are the benchmark team with two block busters coming up. They host 3rd placed Bond at home this weekend, followed by GPS away for the Halley Appleby Memorial trophy and Bunter Bowl, watch this space.


Bond v GPS


The Bunter Bowl was on the line for a top of the table clash between Bond and GPS.


James Ambrosini may have taken three from a penalty early, but it was quickly undone when Josh Collins put the foot down from 50 out to score putting GPS ahead by four.


Reds forward Tuaina Tualima broke through next for the visitors then at the other end Joey Fittock scored, closing the gap to two.


The Bullsharks got ahead by three after amazing flick passes form Kahu and Samuela put captain Dan Boardman over before half time.


Multiple maul infringements gave Bond #8 Nixon Taramai a yellow card and GPS the lead after a penalty try was awarded.


Matt Gicuel crossed next through tired defence extending the lead but then rebutted by Boardman who scored dragging it back to 22-26.


It was all over though when Gicuel doubled down after dragging Connor Pritchard for 10 metres and Hofmeyer grabbing a penalty goal on the siren (22-34).


Bond are narrowly ahead of wests by scored points differential, so they need to win against UQ in round six.


GPS will put their feet up for a week with the bye before facing UQ at home with the Bunter Bowl and Halley Appleby Memorial Trophy on the line on Ladies Day (I know what game to watch that weekend).



Easts v Wests


A winless Easts latest task was Wests at home who ironically had their most recent loss George Francis in the front row.


Wests’ Rebels FIFO Mason Gordon impressively scored twice form long range then Jerry Skelton went over from the back of a scrum that was dominant all day putting the visitors 21 points ahead.


Tigers returned serve with halfback Eliz Pilz finding five and Fili Koroivunilagi reaping the rewards from rehearsed lineout set piece to put them within seven.


New bulldog George Francis then scored putting his new side ahead 24-12 going into the break.


Reds halfback Moses Sorovi found points next off the back of a scrum before Koroivunilagi grabbed his second after Wests captain Connor Anderson saw yellow leaving the scores at 29-19.


SJ Tamala reignited hope after going through Sorovi to score but it would stay at 24-29 for the next 30 minutes till fulltime.