Heavies Hold on at Oldmac
University of Queensland kept their unbeaten run alive with a 31-27 win over Sunnybank at Oldmac Oval.
The Heavies outscored the home side five tries to three but the boot of Sunnybank flyhalf Jake Strachan kept them in the match right till the final whistle.
University had an early attacking opportunity but Joey Fittock read a James Dalgleish cut-out pass to intercept and streak away for the Dragons’ first try.
UQ levelled the scores when a misfired Jake McIntyre cut-out was swooped on by Harry Parker.
A Sef Fa’gase offload set up the space for Josh Birch to dish the final pass for Tom Given’s try in the 13th minute.
Jock Campbell was penalised for offside and Strachan pierced the uprights to make it a two-point ball game.
Sunnybank hit the lead when Richard Kingi came off his wing and found a hole next to the ruck base before putting Issak Fines-Leleiwasa over.
The Heavies set up a rolling maul off a five-metre lineout and Thomas Mellor dotted down against his old club to re-level the scores as half time approached.
UQ conceded another offside penalty and Strachan punished them after the siren to give the home side a 20-17 lead at half time.
A Moses Sorovi charge down gave the Heavies field position early in the second half and Sunnybank eventually cracked out wide with Parker crossing for a double.
With nine minutes remaining, James Dalgleish sliced through before Nathan Russell found the try line of the following phase.
Fines-Leleiwasa took a quick tap late in the match and Isaac Lucas crashed over to give Sunnybank hope of snatching victory.
Sunnybank turned over the ball off the restart and the Heavies ensured the match was wound down deep inside the Dragons’ half.
UQ return to Stade de Heavy this weekend to host Wests, while Sunnybank prepare for Old Boys Day and will welcome Souths to Oldmac Oval.
University of Queensland 31 (H Parker 2 tries T Mellor T Given N Russell tries J Dalgleish 3 cons) d Sunnybank 27 (I Fines-Leleiwasa J Beeton I Lucas tries J Strachan 2 pens 3 cons)