Stand Up or Stay Down– Round 4 QPR preview

Updated: Apr 30

Another great round been and gone, three from four here at IF (83% for 2021).

Some teams need to stand up to stay in touch with the leaders, also no Reds this week.

GPS v Sunnybank

The Dragons head to Yoku road this weekend to face another one from the lead pack and contest the Bunter Bowl.

Within sniffing distance of the top, undefeated GPS look to have the same starting backline as last week but not the forwards. The Richards boys are out attending a wedding seeing Sam Curran and the Malaney Bushranger Matt Gicquel in the XV.

Now the Friday morning inclusion of Dane Haylett-Petty for GPS! He's making his return via Yoku Rd, wowee!

Sunnybank can put themselves into the top four with a win and add more silverware to their cabinet. Despite the loss against Bond last week the backline remains unchanged, with front rower Lloyd Gorman replacing Albert Anae and back rower Jefferey Faamausili on for Liongi Fangupu.

At home with the glue factory? GPS by 8.

UQ v Easts

It is the grand final rematch at St Lucia between an in form UQ and yet to get off the mark Easts.

Following their big win over Norths in round three, coach Mick Heenan left his forwards unchanged and rewarded good performances in the Backs. Mosiah Christian and Brad Twidale make up the halves, Con foley returns to Inside and Tom Molloy moves to the wing.

The Tigers 2020 success is yet to follow them into this season with only two bonus points for finishing within seven leaving them in 7th. Eli Pilz and Shane Kennedy return, giving a premiership feel to the backline with the forwards staying as per.

No Dylan Taikato Simpson indefinitely, thanks MLR, and something else BIG is brewing...

UQ by 16.

Norths v Wests

No time to lick wounds for these two, round four has Norths hosting Wests at the Nest.

The last placed Eagles copped a walloping last week and desperately need to bounce back. No Dane Zander this week, he’s replaced by Kieran Fitzgibbon with Malik Pataanga and Shai Weperi also returning to the starting XV.

Following Wests’ upset loss of round 3 Carl Marshall has made a raft of changes both by design and not. Bronson Fotualii, Cailean Hope, Callum Hicks and Joel Atkins move to the starting XV alongside the returning FIFO touch finder Carter Gordon.

Jeral Skelton’s season Is over following a ruptured ACL, meanwhile 2 spicy new additions are soon to be announced at the Kennel, stay tuned.

Wests by 20+

Souths v Brothers

A victorious 4th placed Magpies return home to face a winless and fresh off the bye Brothers.

Souths took every chance they were given last week and won by doing the simple things well.

Vibrant flyhalf Harry Leerentveld is out for up to six weeks with a shoulder injury seeing captain Luke Samoa jump in at 10 with young winger Dennis Waight starting on the wing after a strong performance off the bench last week. Forwards remain the same.

Winless and sitting second last, Brothers need to get a move along and show their intentions to be finals contenders. Up from the bench stalwarts Tom ‘T-Bone’ Maloney and Mitch Felsman will start for the Brethren alongside young guns Will Wilson and Billy Bully.

This will be tight and niggly. Who ever scores first will win?

Bond have the bye – I assume they will be going to Movie World or something?

Enjoy your QPR!

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