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1. New crop of Brethren school students
Despite some of Brothers regular toilers including captain Luke Beauchamp, a relatively new-look Brethren line-up bounced back from a 29-nil drubbing at the hands of GPS in Round 1, to record a 39-33 win over reigning premiers University of Queensland. Named True Protein High Performer, 19-year-old flyhalf Lawson Creighton steered the ship and played a crucial part in a number of tries as well as darting over himself underneath the posts. Inside centre Liam Richman was influential as well, crossing for a try while slotting three conversions and a penalty goal to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
2. Rugby is an 80-minute game no matter what level
Two games on the weekend nearly ended with different results after massive momentum shifts saw Wests and Easts come back from significant deficits. The Bulldogs trailed Sunnybank 15-nil in the second half on Saturday, before crossing for their first try through captain Spencer Walmsley. Despite Sunnybank crossing for a further converted try, Wests continued their comeback to finish just three points shy of the Dragons, 22-19. It was a similar scenario at Chipsy Wood Oval. Souths held a 24-12 lead at half time and extended the margin to 39-12, before the Tigers clawed their way back into the match with three late unanswered tries, narrowing the score to 39-31.
Andrew Ready crossed for two late tries to narrow the score between Souths and Easts. Photo: QRU Media Brendan Hertel.
3. Tai Ford-led Bond unlucky to be winless after two rounds
Bond University currently sit second last on the ladder with only two bonus points from their first two outings, but their current standing doesn’t reflect the improvement in the Gold Coast outfit, posting narrow losses to Wests and GPS in the opening two rounds. Heading into Round 2 the Gallopers were coming off the back of a 29-nil win over Brothers, and in their first home fixture they were put to the test by Bond who held a 31-24 lead during the second half. Backrower and captain Tai Ford is leading from the front for the Gold Coast students, taking his learnings from a pre-season spent training with the Queensland reds to cross for three tries across the first two matches.
4. Tela brothers steal the show at Chipsy Wood
In Souths’ first match of the season, the Magpies were impressive crossing for a total of six tries. Reminiscent of the famous Ella brothers, the Tela trio stole the show. Right winger Semiti, the eldest brother, crossed for a hat-trick, while youngest brother Mika who started on the left wing, crossed for five points in a brilliant long-range effort. Middle brother Teti, one of Brad Thorn’s latest Reds recruits, had a hand in a number of brilliant attacking plays from inside centre.
5. No clear frontrunners after two rounds
After three weeks of trial games and two regular season rounds, it’s hard to pinpoint a competition leader. GPS were arguably the team to beat after their Round 1 dominance of Brothers, but the Gallopers were then tested by Bond and Brothers bounced back to knock off the reigning premiers. Easts currently sit at the bottom of the ladder but could be in a different position had it not been for a late penalty in their clash with University in Round 1. As it currently stands, Premier Rugby fans are in for a hotly contested 2018 season, with each team capable of a brilliant display of running Rugby on their day. Each weekend fans can watch every game LIVE and FREE via www.redsrugby.com.au, making Queensland Premier Rugby the most accessible grassroots Rugby competition in the country.
16 FEBRUARY 2019