Sandstone Battle - QPR R6 Preview

Two trophies, two ladies’ days and all but one team have a minimum of four starting changes.


Regular season is one third done by full-time on Saturday with Super Rugby Trans-Tasman in full swing (RIP Reds)...


Brothers v Easts


Brothers are on a roll and with Ladies Day at Crosby Park it is a tough time to be a Tiger as they head into Round six.


Prop Remi Sawtell makes his starting debut this weekend, Tom Zappala starts at blindside with Kris Larosa moving off the bench to inside centre and Billy Bulley returns from a one week injury on the wing.


Winless Easts’ have moved James Durheim from the bench to start at hooker while Ben Littleton, Tyrell Naleba and Shane Kennedy all re-enter the backline.


Ignoring the lack of Reds players and the track record of both sides, no Eli Pilz with a suspected knee injury hinders Easts’ structure and goal kicking ability.


Brothers for the win.


Wests v Sunnybank


The embattled Dragons head over to Toowong with the Richard Leslie Memorial Trophy on the line as they face the Bulldogs.


Ethan Dobbins (hooker) and Joel Atkins (half back) have moved from bench to start, while Jone Tiko (prop) and Cailean Hope (lock) and Byron Hutchinson (fullback) fill out the line-up.


Nesta Mahina (hooker) and Nesetolio Solia (#8) are new starting additions for Sunnybank while the backline remains unclear with electric playmaker Hayden Sargeant MIA.


Wests at home with momentum will be tough.


Tipping Wests.



UQ v Bond


This is the one to watch in Round six a competition leaders UQ host their third placed varsity rivals Bond.


UQ have bolstered their forwards with Captain Pat Morrey returning from injury in the row and Reds Sam Wallis at open side, while Cam Flavell and BJ Oates cover for Josh Nasser and Mac Grealy.


Reds prop Zane Nonggorr is back to start the front row with Devon Henson starting behind at lock, Injuries have elevated Ronan Kapi and Kupi Ta’ala to the wing, while Max Dowd will start at fullback.


UQ will lose some continuity in the forwards with no Connor Vest, likewise Bond with their backline.


But, Heavies on a roll at home? Nough said.


Souths v Norths


It’s a battle for pride, of the birds and the Vietnam Veterans Cup on Ladies day at Chipsy Wood with Souths hosting Norths.


Kenneth Taviri (#8) and Asher Milne (fullback) move up from the bench, Callum MacDonald (lock) and Vilikesa Raboiliku (outside centre) return with Connor O’Reagan (half back) making his debut.

Coach Todd Dammers has been within seven points on four occasions so he is keeping it the same this round except for the new addition of Cullen Nagamanu at #8.


Souths are starting to clock up some km’s with this starting side while Norths have plugged holes.


Souths for the win.


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