Heavies Tame Bulldogs on Lifeline Charity Round
University of Queensland ran away with a 42-7 win over Wests at St Lucia on Saturday.
The Heavies overcame an early deficit and ran in six unanswered tries including a double to Nathan Russell.
The bonus-point victory put UQ 23 competition points ahead of second-placed GPS, with four matches left to play.
Bulldogs scrumhalf Liam Dillon sniped from the base of the ruck early to draw first blood but it was all downhill from there for the visitors who failed to breach the Heavies line again.
Wests appeared to have scored again soon after Dillon’s effort but Connor Anderson was held up over the line and UQ escaped from their red zone.
Campbell Wakely was held up at the other end before Russell chimed in from fullback for his first try.
A well-executed rolling maul set up Jack de Guigand’s try and the Heavies took a 21-7 lead into the break after Josh Birch finished off an attacking raid.
Almost immediately after the break Moses Sorovi danced and dummied his way through the Bulldogs defensive line to dive over under the uprights for the opening score of the half.
With the momentum well and truly behind them, the Heavies continued to attack and Jack Cornelsen found the try line to extend the home side’s lead to 35-7.
A brilliant long-range attacking movement saw James Dalgleish put Harry Parker away up the touchline. The winger was supported by Sorovi who received the inside pass before delivering one final pass for Russell’s second.
University of Queensland will have the bye in Round 14 while Wests return home to Sci-Fleet Stadium to host Sunnybank.
University of Queensland 42 (N Russell 2 tries J de Guingand J Cornelsen M Sorovi J Birch tries J Dalgleish 6 cons) d Wests 7 (L Dillon try B Hutchinson con)