UQ Hold Onto Top Spot
Story By Emma Tierney
University of Queensland came away from their Round 4 Queensland Premier Rugby top-of-the-table clash against GPS with a 28-15 victory at St Lucia.
UQ’s defence was solid throughout the match, repelling numerous GPS’ attacking raids as heaving hitting from UQ’s Nathan Russell, Connor Moroney and Phil Potgeiter inspired the Heavies defensive effort.
Despite the result, GPS will take positives away from an incredibly dominant scrummaging display as they forced UQ into conceding numerous penalties.
The Heavies started the game at an electric pace when Harry Parker sliced through on the counter attack, offloaded to Gareth Kalell who crossed in the corner inside the opening minute.
GPS had UQ pinned on their own try line and levelled the scores when Noa Tuqiri crashed over close to the ruck.
AJ Alatimu’s conversion attempt was charged down by Parker in the 14th minute to keep the scores locked at five-all.
Dalgleish nailed penalty goals after the 35th minute and GPS had one last crack at cutting the deficit, but they fell short of the line and the team’s headed to the half-time break with UQ leading 11-5.
After half-time, Dalgleish raced up out of the line to intercept the ball and race away for the first points of the second stanza.
Despite suffering two yellow cards, GPS showed determination to stay in the match and Laione Mulikihaamea cut UQ’s lead to three points with fifteen minutes remaining.
UQ hooker Lyall Fidow extended the home side’s lead before Harry Parker put the nail in the coffin, receiving a perfectly weighted inside ball from Dalgleish to slice through for the bonus-point try.
University head to Norths in Round 5 while GPS will host their first home game of the season when they welcome Wests to Yoku Rd.
University of Queensland 28 (L Fidow, J Dalgleish, H Parker, G Kalell tries; J Dalgleish 2 pens con) d GPS 15 (N Tuqiri, L Mulikihaamea, tries; AJ Alitimu pen con)