The annual GPS v Brothers clash once again produced an epic and memorable game with the Gallopers going down by a point 29-30 at Crosby Road on Saturday. Scoring five tries to four was not enough to get the Gallopers the victory after they staged an inspiring comeback in the last 10 minutes of the game.
The Gallopers got off to an excellent start with three tries and a conversion in the first half. Both missing conversions hit the woodwork. The team took a 17-8 lead into the dressing sheds at the break. Most of the second half however was spent in their own territory as a series of penalties and excellent Brothers attack starved the Gallopers of possession. Brothers scored three tries and nailed a penalty to lead 30 17 with ten minutes remaining.
Not to be denied the Gallopers staged an almighty comeback in the last five minutes to score two great tries to Nick Sykes and Steven Stagg to get the score back to 29-30. With time up on the clock the conversion of Stagg’s try would have secured victory however the kick faded across the front of the posts and a gallant fightback came up short by the barest margin.
The Gallopers still retain second place in the competition and have a match at home against Sunnybank to see who retains that spot on the ladder. For the Gallopers tries to Laione Mulikihaamea, Noa Tuqiri, James Herbert, Nick Sykes and Steven Stagg, and AJ Alatimu converted twice.
In a day of close encounters, the full results:
Premier Grade 29– 30 L
Premier Reserves 31 – 29 W
Premier Colts 5-40 L
First Grade 12-22 L
Second Grade 29-31 L
Third Grade 28-31 L
Colts 1 12-31 L
Colts 2 (v Colleges) 22-24