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.

The Tigers are in a serious rut, especially considering Eli Pilz copped what looked to be a bad knee injury, they head to Crosby Rd this weekend currently in 8th place.

Wests are winning, not pretty, but winning. There is something very menacing about them that makes them a serious contender. They head home to face Sunnybank this week looking to keep building an 80 minute performance.

Brothers v Norths

It was the first battle of the North with the Green Beacon Cup and local bragging rights on the line as the Brethren hosted the Eagles.

Almost Immediately half back Phoenix Hunt (courtesy of Nate Carroll) scored putting Brothers ahead 5-0.

Soon after Norths prop Paulo Leleisiuao punished a non-existent short side defence by trundling over unopposed to tie it up.

Centre Hudson Creighton scored last before the break and then Ash Watson just after, both on the left-hand side of the field putting brothers ahead by 10.

Substitute Will Wilson added five more to the lead after going through Norths reserve halfback Lachy Howell to score.

The Eagles weren’t done however, referee Rory Crombie awarded them a penalty try for dominant scrums and then big Angus North blew past his opposite Jonte Connoly to put them behind 19-20.

In front of a heaving butchery Carroll slotted three penalty goals in the last ten minutes sealing the win and denying Norths a bonus point.

This win keeps Brothers in touch with the midfield but there is a staggering mountain growing ahead of them. They host Easts in round six looking to build on back-to-back wins.

Norths have shown some great signs of rugby but not enough especially when teams are playing like its round 15 not 5. They travel to Chipsywood this week to play Souths hunting for that elusive first W.

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