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3.Brothers show champions composure
Brothers got their premiership defence was off to a mixed start as the champions recorded one win, one loss and a draw from the opening three rounds. Up against their Northern rival, the Brethren showed composure to hold on to a one-point lead after Mitch Felsman nailed a penalty goal half way through the second stanza. The Eagles threw everything at the Brethren and suffered two yellow cards as their desperation got the better of them. Brothers now have hard-earned two weeks off with the bye after the Easter break. Given the grand final rematch is on the near horizon, the bye couldn’t have fallen at a better time. The Brethren are the only side to have knocked off UQ in over a year and the Heavies will be hungry for grand final revenge.
Scrumhalf Rueben Wall has been in fine form for the Brethren so far this season. Photo Credit: QRU Media - Brendan Hertel
4.Women’s Saturday Showdown a hit
Sunnybank hosted an epic Saturday Showdown of Women’s Rugby when they welcomed all eight of the Brisbane Premiership Women’s teams to Oldmac last Saturday. A huge crowd was treated to four exciting games of Rugby as Redlands kicked off the day with a huge win over GPS. Helensvale knocked over Wests 22-5 and Brothers defeated Logan City 21-15, before a thrilling fourth match between UQ and Sunnybank saw the home side secure a thrilling 14-12 win. Wallaroos assistant coach Scott Allen was at Oldmac Oval and said: “It was really good to see everybody down here, there was a great crowd. I’ve been really impressed with the girls, they played a fantastic level of Rugby.”
5.Laloifi lights up Tigerland
On Saturday afternoon at David Wilson field, Sunnybank winger Junior Laloifi danced his way to a hat-trick of tries helping his side to a 41-14 win over Easts. Laloifi opened Sunnybank’s try-scoring account when he broke through two tackles and raced away to reduce the Tiger’s lead. After the half-time break, Sunnybank crossed for two tries and had Easts searching for answers. The Tigers tried to turn Sunnybank around with tactical kicking but Laloifi fielded a kick in back play, stepped his way through and showed a clean pair of heels for his second try. The winger secured his hat-trick on the cusp of full-time as Sunnybank claimed second spot on the ladder.
23 JANUARY 2018