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Queensland Premier Rugby- Match Report R16

GPS win a thriller at Oldmac Oval

Three minutes into the match AJ Alatimu hit outside centre Pat Nicholson with a short ball that saw Nicholson dive over for his third try in two weeks.

Sunnybank responded after turning down a penalty opportunity and executing a 5m lineout play for Ben Petaia’s try.

The home side hit the front in the 25th minute as Petaia and Chazz Mahina exchanged a one-two passing sequence for the Number 8’s try.

GPS hit back 10 minutes later, using a five-metre scrum to set the platform for Nigel Genia to deliver a looping cut-out pass to winger Eric Vasukicakau.

The visitors took a two-point lead into half time but Jake Stachan stepped up and slotted a penalty goal straight after the break to snatch back the lead.

In the 52nd minute, Nicholson dived over for his double to give the visitors a 21-15 lead but Feao Fotuaika wrestled his way to the line minutes later to restore the home side’s one-point lead.

AJ Alatimu slotted a long-range penalty goal with 15 minutes remaining as the lead began continued to see saw.

After receiving a pin-point cut out pass Ritchi Ah Chong sucked in his opposite number and then stepped to the outside to dot down for the Dragons.

GPS’ Jay Havelu continued his run of tries as he picked up the ball from another successful five-metre scrum shove and dived over the line for the final try of the match.

The Gallopers welcome University of Queensland to Yoku Road next weekend for the Halley Appelby Memorial Trophy while Sunnybank head to Hugh Courtney Oval to face Norths.

GPS 31 (P Nicholson 2 tries J Havelu E Vasukicakau tries A Alatimu pen 4 cons) d Sunnybank 27 (F Fotuaika B Petaia C Mahina R Ah Chong tries J Strachan pen 2 cons)

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