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Rising Fall Flat in Qld Country Tryfest

Rising Fall Flat in Qld Country Tryfest

Bond university’s #1 field is famous for the huge mound in its centre. That didn’t stop a great crowd enjoying a festival of rugby starting with a win for University of Queensland in the AON uni 7,s. The  Queensland Red took out the Australian U16 Championship before the NRC game started. And the Under 15 final after.

The Match

The first half was a hard fought affair with Queensland Country’s defence the difference. That defence came at a cost for both teams with Melbourne losing Siliva Siliva, Semisi Tupou and Kiotone Ratu to injuries and Queensland having both wingers in Filipo Daugunu and Eto Nabuli yellow carded for defensive indiscretions. Queensland scored two tough tries in the half. The first to Chris Feauai-Sautia when he powered through the middle to score next to the posts after a good build-up from the whole team. And the second to Filipo Daugunu who, frankly one scarily fast human,  scored relatively untouched in the corner. While Country finished the first half 14-0 in front they will start the second with 13 players and that score could change very quickly.

Taniela Tupou

Taniela Tupou

The first ten minutes of the second half was the highlight of the game for me. Down to 13 men for the first eight minutes and 14 for another two Queensland country dug deep and kept Melbourne scoreless and actually extended their lead with a seven pointer of their own. Melbourne hit back with a try but the floodgates had open and Queensland ran another five tries in the second half. The Rising scored a consolation try on the final whistle but it hardly put a dent in the tryfest we had just witnessed. And a tryfest it was with eight tries to Queensland and two to the Rising almost everyone walked away entertained. Even the Rising fans. Maybe?

Eto Nabuli offloads

Eto Nabuli offloads

The final score of 54-12 was a fairly good indicator of how the went. The Rising had no answer to Queensland Country’s defence and everything was built on that. The scrum was fairly even but Queensland got the better of the lineout.

Hamish Stewart chips for the winger to score

Hamish Stewart chips for the winger to score

The Game Changer

The defensive effort by Queensland Country while down to 13 men was amazing to watch. Hamish Stewart dropped back with Patrick James and they worked together in a dual fullback role covering territory like you wouldn’t believe. The line speed in the middle was impressive shutting down almost everything the Rising threw at them. This was the basis of the tryfest that followed.  


There were a few guys putting their hands up for the MOTM but we’ve awarded it to Filipo Daugunu. Three tries, two conversions, a monster in defence and very very fast. Offset with a yellow card for knocking the ball down on purpose. I thought it was harsh.

Player  watch

The new Rob Simmons Harry Hocking had a good game and disrupted the Risings lineout well. James Tuttle, Hamish Stewart and Duncan Paia’aua are forming an impressive combination, all three were impressive. Feauai-Sautia looked good until being subbed at half time with what looked like hamstring problems…again. Tupoa, Timu I could just  keep naming players. For the Rising Hunter Paisami was their best, Robert Leota looked impressive and Vaauli Faamuausilla is a large human who knows how to run through people.

Liam Wright pops the ball for Chris Feaui-Sautia to score

Liam Wright pops the ball for Chris Feaui-Sautia to score

The Details


Score & Scorers

Queensland Country: 54
Tries: Chris FFeauai-Sautia, Filipo Daugunu 3, Taniela Tupou, Duncan Paia’aua, Teta Tela
Conversions: James Tuttle 4/4, Hamish Stewart 1/2, Filipo Daugunu 2/2
Melbourne Rising: 12 
Tries: Cameron Mapusa, Jason Havea
Conversions: Jack McGregor 1/2

Cards & citings

Filipo Daugunu YC, Eto Nabuli YC

Harrison GOddard clears the ball

Harrison Goddard clears the ball

Duncan Paia'aua breaks through to score

Duncan Paia’aua breaks through to score

  • nmpcart

    Good writeup and photos Sully, a great day with the 7s and U16s. Fabulous skills demonstrated in the 7s and then Qld Country showed a lot of resolve in holding their line with 13 men. Tuttle performed well, and Duncan P and Hamish Stewart were great.

    • The Photos are by Steve Tremain.

  • Pedro

    I love it when an undermanned team hangs on. Great write up Sully.

  • Jack

    Great review Sully – You’re right in that so many QC lads played notable games. Tupou on both attack and defense was very entertaining and I also thought Liam Wright had a great game. Loved the concept of the whole day of rugby, went away very satisfied.

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Just another Rugby tragic. Shane "Sully" Sullivan has been in man love with the game since high school in the 70's. He inflicts his passion on family and anyone who will listen. He can't guarantee unbiased opinion but he can tell you the Reds are Awesome! To read non-rugby content head to http://www.onesully.com.au

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