UQ Tame the Tigers at the Death
University of Queensland secured a thrilling 33-29 victory over Easts in an entertaining Round 8 match at David Wilson field.
In front of their annual Ladies Day crowd, Easts were bolstered by a vocal army of supporters in the grandstands and behind the posts.
Coming off a disappointing loss to Wests, the Tigers were touted to struggle against a UQ side on a six-game win streak, but the top-of-the-table Heavies only nabbed victory with the last play of the game when outside centre Josh Birch dived over.
With just one penalty goal in the match, the Ladies Day crowd were treated to an afternoon packed full of end-to-end Rugby.
UQ’s breakdown efficiency and ability to play an up-tempo game saw them outrun the Tigers five tries to four.
Easts scrum continues to be one of the best aspects of their game as their powerful pack won the set-piece battle which was highlighted by tries to front rowers Richie Asiata and Andrew Ready.
Not to be outshone by their forward counterparts, Easts wingers Navi Tiko and David Yabsley also crossed for five pointers, finishing off some sleek backline movement.
University pushed the pace throughout the game and looked threatening with the ball in hand while Scott Gale’s fast distribution led to Birch and Alex Horan’s tries.
Campbell Wakely, Phil Potgieter and Jack De Guingand also secured tries for the Red Heavies to keep UQ in the match after Easts led by two converted tries at the break.
At 29-26, with the clock winding down, UQ showed composure to turn down two kickable penalty goals and find their way to the try line.
Easts will be disappointed with the loss given they proved they have the ability to match it with the top contenders.
The Tigers get to test that ability against the second-placed Gallopers this weekend at Yoku Road while University of Queensland head to the Gold Coast to face Bond University.
University of Queensland 33 (C Wakely P Potgieter J de Guingand A Horan J Birch tries J Dalgleish 4 cons) defeated Easts 29 (R Asiata A Ready N Tiko D Yabsley tries L Tibbetts pen 3 cons)