The Gallopers cemented second spot on the ladder by scoring a remarkable victory at Yoku Road on Saturday. GPS defeated the Sunnybank Dragons in front of a huge Ladies Day crowd 17-15 in a game for the ages. For the second week in a row the Gallopers had to dig deep late in the game, this week to score a famous victory. Down 15-3 on the scoreboard and a man in the sin bin, number 8 Michael Richards crashed over for a try off the back of a scrum penalty, while AJ Alitimu slotted the conversion to take the score to 15-10.
The Gallopers were soon deep in the Dragons territory again when a snap decision by the Dragons to take a quick lineout followed by a shanked kick for touch saw the ball in the hands of Dan Gorman. Front rower Laione Mulikahammea emerged through the front of the ensuing ruck and barged over to score in the western corner for 15-15 score line. AJ Alituma then converted his most difficult kick of the day to see the Gallopers take the lead for the first time in the game, 17-15.
The Dragons had done their homework and their front row of Daniel Anae and Feao Fotuaika saw the Gallopers scrum severely tested for the first time in 2017. The Dragons had secured four scrum penalties when the Gallopers asked for a scrum to lead to their first try, leaving the Yoku Road crowd to hold its collective breath.
Coach Anthony Mathieson is aging rapidly as the Gallopers continue their run of close encounters coming down to the final minutes of the game. The game was live streamed and is available on the QRU website for those wanting to relive the final 8 minutes of action.
All the Gallopers faithful will be needed this Saturday to cheer on the team in its encounter with the Easts Tigers, always a great clash.
Premier Grade 17-15 W
Premier Reserve 21-22 L
Premier Colts 10-22 L
1st Grade 15-24 L
2nd Grade 50-17 W
3rd Grade 24-6 W
4th Grade 29-0 W
Colts 1 15-5 W
Colts 2 (against UQ) 21-34 L