Round 9 Premier Rugby v East – GPS hold on at Yoku

GPS secured a 14-10 victory over Easts at Yoku Road in Round 9 of Queensland Premier Rugby.

The Gallopers snatched a lineout on the buzzer to extinguish the Tigers’ final chance at stealing victory.

Due to the Reds bye round, Andrew Ready, Izack Rodda and Michael Gunn all lined up for Easts while GPS welcomed James Tuttle and Chris Kuridrani back to club land.

Easts were able to gain an early advantage over the Gallopers with flyhalf Logan Tibbets punishing GPS’ ill-discipline.

GPS hit back after a huge break from Michael Richards that went through Tuttle’s hands to find Eric Vasukicakau, who used his pace to score under the posts.

With the help of their Reds recruits the Easts challenged the usually dominant GPS scrum.

However, the first scrum penalty Easts gave away was costly, giving GPS an easy way into a promising attacking position.

After multiple phases bending Easts line, the inform Freddy Burke burrowed his way through to find the chalk.

AJ Alatimu’s trusty right boot added the extras to increase the Gallopers lead to 14-3 leading at half time.

The second half produced some back and fourth Rugby with Easts sensing an opportunity after Ryan Freney was sent to the sin bin.

Troy Simkin took his place in the front row and proved a capable replacement producing some shattering defence.

The Gallopers had the opportunity to extend their lead further after Richards pounced on a misfired pass before finding Reece Cleeton in space who knocked it on with the try line in sight.

The ill-discipline continued for GPS with Waita Setu spending time in the bin reducing the Gallopers to 14 men for the second time.

Tibbets was able to get his backline firing with a clever off the hip pass to flyer Navaitalai Tiko to go deep inside Galloper territory.

Minutes later, Easts formed an unstoppable rolling maul that saw Ready dot down over the line with only four minutes to play.

With only a try needed to win it, Richards crushed the Tigers’ final chance after the buzzer, stealing a lineout to seal the 14-10 victory for GPS.

GPS take on Wests at Sci-Fleet stadium in their next fixture with Easts looking for redemption in a home fixture against Souths.

Scores for the Day

Ladies GPS 17 Logan 10
Colts. 2 GPS 49 West 7
Colts 1 GPS 53 East 10

4th Grade GPS 12 Brothers 22
3rd Grade GPS 34 East 12
2nd Grade GPS 38 East 0
1st Grade GPS 22 East 22
Prem colts GPS GPS 57 East 10
Reserve Grade GPS 38 East 12
Premier Grade GPS 14 East 10


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