Super Rugby


Bond University Queensland Country defeat NSW Country Eagles

Bond University Queensland Country have claimed their fourth straight victory with a 34-31 win over NSW Country in Round 6 of the National Rugby Championship at Bond University.

Both sides crossed for five tries a piece, with the boot of James Tuttle proving the difference for Queensland Country, slotting three conversions and a penalty to ensure the win.
Queensland Country fullback Patrick James crossed for the first try of the match in the fifth minute, stepping inside the NSW defence to dive over the line. Tuttle missed the conversion, leaving the score at 5-nil.
Angus Scott-Young was next to score in the 24th minute, driving over the line close to the posts. Tuttle slotted the conversion, extending the home-side’s lead to 12-nil.
Filipo Daugunu dotted the ball down in the corner in the 34th minute, taking the score to 17-nil, which is where it would remain as the two sides headed into the sheds at half-time.
Queensland Country started the second half in similar fashion, with Eto Nabuli and Izaia Perese crossing for tries in quick succession to extend Queensland Country’s lead to 31-nil before the 46-minute mark.
Andrew Kellaway sparked NSW Country’s comeback in the 56th minute, crossing for their first try. Tayler Adams slotted the conversion, taking the score to 31-7.
Connal McInerery was next to score for the Eagles in the 64th minute, Adams slotted the conversion, narrowing the margin to 31-14.
A penalty goal from Tuttle in the 69th minute proved crucial for Country, extending their lead to 34-14.
With 10 minutes remaining on the clock, NSW Country crossed for a further three tries before full-time through Maclean Jones, Kellaway and Jake Cordon, narrowing Queensland Country’s win margin to 34-31.
Queensland Country head coach Brad Thorn said: “We’re happy to claim another win for the season, but obviously we weren’t happy with the way we finished that match.
“We had a 31-nil lead and let NSW Country back into the match. We knew they were going to be a tough opponent and they proved that with the way they contested the second half.
“We’re still searching for that full 80-minute performance, and our team will have learnt a lot from that match.”
The game saw two players earn their first Queensland Country Caps, with hooker Efi Ma’afu and outside back Byron Hutchinson both making their debuts from the reserves bench.
“It’s great to welcome another two players into the Country fold,” said Thorn.

“Efi came on earlier than expected and played well in tough conditions. Byron had a hard task on the wing in the later stages of the game, but took the challenge in his stride and competed well."
Queensland Country will next week face the Greater Sydney Rams at TG Millner Field in Sydney, kick-off at 12:00pm AEST.
Bond University Queensland Country 34 (Patrick James, Angus Scott-Young, Filipo Daugunu, Eto Nabuli, Izaia Perese tries; James Tuttle 3 conversions; Tuttle 1 penalty goal) defeated NSW Country Eagles 31 (Andrew Kellaway 2, Connal McInerney, Maclean Jones, Jake Gordon tries; Tayler Adams 3 conversion) at Bond University on Saturday 7 October 2017