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1. BUNTER BOWL FINDS A NEW HOME AT SYLVAN ROAD
The Bunter Bowl has found a new place of residence after an extended stay with the Students at St Lucia.
Wests challenged UQ for the Bowl over the weekend and seized it in emphatic fashion, with the Bulldogs recording a dominant 70-21 win in front of a home crowd at the Kennel.
Young halves pairing Liam Dillon and Carter Gordon crossed for two and three tries respectively, while skipper Jerry Lynch was at his destructive best for the side, the flanker piercing the UQ defensive line numerous times throughout the match.
The win was made all the more special for the home side as Wests as a club recorded a clean sweep over the Heavies in all grades of Rugby. A feat that many Wests faithful haven’t seen in years.
UQ will be left to lick their wounds over the Easter break before they clash with Norths at Hugh Courtney Oval, while Wests will travel to Yoku Road to meet the defending premiers in Round 5.
Wests players celebrate the Premier Grade side's win with the team song. Photo: Hollaback Photography
2. BROTHERS KINGS OF THE NORTH ONCE AGAIN
After Norths recorded two wins in the North-side derby and finished above Brothers on the ladder for the first time in 26 years last season, the first North Brisbane battle of the year was all about revenge for the Brethren.
And revenge was what they got, with the home side piling on 61 points to the Eagle’s 14 to regain supremacy in the derby.
The home side scored nine tries in the 47-point victory, with Lawson Creighton crossing for a double at Crosby Park.
The win consolidates Brothers’ position on top of the ladder as the only side still unbeaten this year, while Norths are still searching for their first win of the 2019 Hospital Challenge Cup season.
Brothers will travel south for their next match up when they meet Sunnybank at Oldmac Oval, as Norths will look to secure their first competition points in their Round 5 clash with UQ at St Lucia.
Brothers celebrate a try. Photo: QRU/Brendan Hertel
3. EASTS GET THE BETTER OF BOND AT THE CANAL
The Tigers notched their second win of the season with a narrow win over Bond in Round 4.
After facing a 20-0 deficit in the opening half-hour of play, the hosts wrestled back the momentum on the Gold Coast to lead 28-27 inside the final 15-minutes, with a second win of the season seemingly on the cards for the Bull Sharks.
However, Easts again proved they have what it takes when the going gets tough in 2019, scoring their fourth try of the match in the 70th minute and holding out the Bullsharks to record a 32-28 win.
It was the scrum that was key for the visitors, with two of the Tiger’s tries coming from unstoppable set piece play, while skipper Matt Gordon continued his positive start to the season with two five-pointers.
Bond’s outside backs were strong in the four-point loss, with wingers Ryan Menzies and Jordan Hughes both crossin, however Harry Nucifora had an off week with the boot which cost the home-side.
The Bullsharks have a two-week layoff with the Easter break and a bye round, with Easts hosting the Magpies at Tigerland next round.
Matt Gordon hoists the Bremmer-Batty-Thomas Cup. Photo: QRU/Brendan Hertel
4. GPS MAKE IT TWO-ON-THE-TROT
The Gallopers recorded their second win of the season in a bruising encounter at Chipsy Wood Oval, overcoming the Magpies 24-14.
Jeeps held a slim three-point advantage when the full-time siren sounded, before a late try to Alfonso Horomia ensured a ten-point win for the visitors.
The win is the defending premiers second of the season, moving GPS into third on the ladder overall.
Jordan Lenac continued to impress for the side after taking over the number nine jersey in place of the injured James Tuttle, as the Jeeps’ backrow of Tom Kibble, Matt Gicquel and Michael Richards also put in another strong performance.
Despite performing well to start the season, Souths have now lost three of their four matches of 2019, and will be needing a win when they travel to David Wilson field to face Easts in Round 5.
Following the Easter break, GPS will face one of the competitions fast starters, Wests, at Yoku Road, in what shapes as one of the matchups of the season thus far.
5. PERFECT TEN FOR ISAAC HENRY
It’s hard enough for goal kickers to convert every chance they get in a game, let alone in a match when their side scores ten tries.
But not for Isaac Henry.
The 20-year-old wowed the crowd at Sci-Fleet Stadium with an incredible performance off the tee, the inside-centre slotting ten goals from ten chances from all parts of the field.
With his 20-point haul, Henry strengthened his position on top of the point scorers’ charts, the flawless performance stretching his total to 48 points for the season, all of which are from conversions.
Fellow young gun, Lawson Creighton sits in second behind Henry with 41 points, with the Brothers fullback having the added advantage of scoring two tries so far this season.
Henry has made up one third of a youthful playmaking combination for the Bulldogs this year, all of whom starred for the side on Saturday, with halfback Liam Dillon, flyhalf Carter Gordon and Henry combining for a mammoth 45-points in the win.
He’ll look to continue his impeccable form of the tee in a battle of the sharpshooters in Round 5, when Henry and Wests meet fellow goal kicker DP de Lange and his GPS teammates at Yoku Road.
27 MAY 2019