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Around the Grounds - Hospital Challenge Cup Round 1

The first Round of the Hospital Challenge Cup was hotly contested, with three of four matches going down to the wire. 

Congratulations to University of Queensland winger Clifton Setu, who was named the True Protein High Performer for Round 1. 

Match of the Round – University of Queensland v Easts 

University of Queensland’s narrow 29-27 win over Easts at St.Lucia saw them crowned the inaugural winners of the Bunter Bowl for 2018, and it didn’t take long for the team to put the trophy to good use, with Pat Morrey making a bee-line to the players tent. 

Scott Gale was influential in his return for the Red Heavies, after a stint in Japan with the Kamaishi Seawaves, scoring three of University’s four tries. 

James Dalgleish slotted three from four conversions, before slotting the final penalty at the end of the match to secure the two-point win. 

Easts looked to be a much improved side in 2018, crossing for four great tries including a push-over scrum close to the posts and arguably the try of the day, which saw Eric Salesulu take an intercept and get an offload away to Matt Gordon who kicked the ball into his own hands to then run 20 metres and score. 

University of Queensland 29 
Tries: Scott Gale 3, Will Eadie 
Conversions: James Dalgleish 3
Penalties: James Dalgleish 

Easts 27
Tries: Matt Gordon, Keeghan Sefton, Eric Salesulu, Sam Richards 
Conversions: Keeghan Sefton 2 
Penalties: Keeghan Sefton 1 

Brothers v GPS 

The clash between Brothers and GPS was a one-sided affair at Crosby Park, with the Gallopers securing a 29-nil win. 

The Brethren had control of the match for the opening 15 minutes, but let slip a number of scoring opportunities. 

The Gallopers crossed for four tries through lock Oliver Bartlett, winger Eric Vasukicakau, new recruit Jaye Thompson and reserve back Pat Nicholson. 

Samoan international Albert Nikoro was on song with the boot after opening up the scoring with a penalty, slotting three from four conversions. 
While Brothers won’t be happy with the outcome, it was a special day for club stalwarts Luke Beauchamp and Dallan Murphy, who both notched their 100 Caps for the club. 

GPS 29
Tries: Oliver Bartlett, Eric Vasukicakau, Jaye Thompson, Pat Nicholson 
Conversions: Albert Nikoro 3 
Penalties: Albert Nikoro 1 

Brothers 0 

Sunnybank v Norths 

The clash between Sunnybank and Norths ended in a 27-all draw at Oldmac Oval, both sides walking away from Round 1 with two competition points. 

Sunnybank outscored the Eagles four tries to three, but the boot of new Norths’ recruit Nick Jooste kept his side in the hunt, slotting three conversions and two penalties. 

The Eagles led 27-22 with five minutes on the clock, but a try form Sunnybank Number 8 Angsta Sae out wide levelled the score. Jake Strachan missed the conversion, leaving the score at 27-all. 

Sunnybank 27 
Tries: Angsta Sae 2, Leone Cama, Isaac Lucas 

Conversions: Jake Strachan 2 
Penalties: Jake Strachan 1 

Norths 27
Tries: Veresa Mataitini, Conor Chittenden, Arthur Brown 
Conversions: Nick Jooste 3 

Penalties: Nick Jooste 2 

Bond University v Wests 

In wet conditions at Nerang, it was Wests who came out on top of Bond, posting a 32-25 win. 

Reserve winger Sam Edwards, a former Queensland U20s representative, provided the late spark for the Bulldogs, crossing for two tries off the bench in the second half to help his side claw their way back from a 17-7 half-time deficient. 

Bond’s new look backline was impressive in their first outing, crossing for three tries through Mitch Third, Joey Fittock and Dan Boardman, with their fourth try scored through captain Tai Ford. 

Wests 32
Tries: Sam Edwards 2, Effie Ma’afu, Dillon Whongi, Lachlan Maranta 
Conversions: Liam Moseley 2 
Penalties: Liam Moseley 1 

Bond 25 
Tries: Tai Ford, Mitch Third, Dan Boardman, Joey Fittock
Conversions: Harry Nucifora 1 
Penalties: Harry Nucifora 1 

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