The race for the 2014 Universities Rugby League Queensland minor premiership is heating up, with three teams battling it out at the top of the table after six rounds.
The UQ Hounds christened their new home ground with an entertaining 26-14 victory over the Griffith Logan Redbacks, in what was a dramatic grand final replay.
The Hounds leapt out to a handy 16-4 half-time lead, before the Redbacks rallied to get within a few points of causing an upset victory on opening night celebrations.
But the Hounds kicked away from the defending premiers late in the game, with centre Kylan Lovai crossing for a double to secure a vital twelve point victory.
The Gold Coast Griffith Panthers still sit atop of the URLQ ladder, registering a 42-10 thumping of a gallant Griffith Dragons at Parkwood on Wednesday night.
With the Dragons fielding a largely new squad, it was the Panthers that had the better of the first half, crossing for four tries for a commanding 22-6 half-time lead. And the home side didn’t let up in the second stanza, posting a further four tries to resign the injury riddled Dragons to the bottom rung of the ladder.
For the Panthers, it was forward leaders Jack Murphy, Jeff Eludeme and Colby Atkinson that laid the foundations for the victory, with zippy Panthers backs Alex Wharton and Matthew Beaton finishing off their hard work. The Dragons toiled hard despite picking up some injuries, with skipper Jonathan Espinoza and half Jack Thomas leading from the front.
The QUT Trouts shined in what is the competitions toughest road trip, posting a 54-8 drubbing of the USQ Ironbarks in a bitterly cold Toowoomba. It was a massive night for QUT’s five-eighth Richard Kay, crossing for a try and booting nine goals for a personal haul of 22 points.
Trouts centre Johnny Dore leapt to the top of the URLQ’s leading try scorers table courtesy of his hat-trick of tries, and was ably supported by utility Pat O’Sullivan and fullback Alex Nicholson. For the home side, none tried harder then skipper Elvis Jensen and Matt Sterling.
Round seven action sees Griffith Logan host the Dragons at the new Redbacks home ground, the Panthers take on the Ironbarks at Parkwood, whilst the Hounds host the Trouts in a battle for the competition lead.
UQ Hounds 26 (Kylan Lovai 2, Will Daniels, Josh Damen, Ben Lanskey tries; Ben Lanskey 3 goals)
Griffith Logan Redbacks 14 (Javann Ratu-Daniel, Geoffrey Hunt, Ethan Cruz tries; Matt Oliphant goal)
QUT Trouts 54 (Jon Dore 3, Kurt Dobbin, Richard Kay, Ty Buck, Dan Smith, Lance Hamilton, Pat O’Sullivan tries; Richard Kay 9 goals)
USQ Ironbarks 8 (Brent Tucker, Matt Sterling tries)
Griffith Gold Coast Panthers 42 (Alex Wharton 2, Sam Burgess 2, Matthew Beaton, Travis Drury, Jeff Eludeme, Colby Atkinson tries; Matthew Beaton 5 goals)
Griffith Dragons 10 (Jonathan Espinoza, Jude Kamano tries; Jack Thomas goal)
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