Premier Rugby Round 18: Five Standout Performers

The final round of the 2022 season saw Brothers, Bond, Wests and UQ secure victories.

Here are five standout performances from the weekend.

Ben Navosailagi – Wests

Wests’ winger can’t stop scoring tries in season 2022.

The No.14 added two more to his season tally and helped the Bulldogs secure the minor premiership against Souths.

Navosailagi’s first try came courtesy of brilliant pace and evasion whereas a clever Conor Anderson offload gifted the speedster his second.

Richie Asiata – Easts

Easts’ hooker gave his side a chance to defeat Bond with an inspired second half performance.

Trailing 27-0 at the break, the Tigers needed a lift and the No.2 was the man who delivered with two tries.

Asiata’s five pointers both stemmed from strong rolling mauls, his second bringing Easts within eight points of Bond.

Harry Wilson – Brothers

Brothers’ returning star led his side to a win over Sunnybank and third place finish on the ladder.

The No.8 and his signatured red head gear scored twice against the Dragons and was otherwise imposing in attack and defence.

Wilson combined with another Wilson in No.4 William to score his first under the posts before barging his way over from a metre out for his second in the 26th minute. The representative talent’s flick pass to Tayler Adams in the second stanza sealed the result for Brothers.

Hamish Roberts – Bond

The young Bond winger continues to make a mark in his short first grade career to date.

The No.14 was the beneficiary of Bond’s attacking flair in the opening half, crossing twice in fifteen minutes.

Roberts’ judged a tricky bounce from a cross field Hayden Sargeant kick perfectly for his first while the diminutive back had to beat multiple Easts’ defenders to cross a second time in the right corner.

Kalani Thomas – UQ

UQ’s returning representative scrumhalf was instrumental in helping his side defeat GPS and secure second spot.

The No.9 set up UQ’s first two scores with bullet passes, one to Isaac Aedo Kailea that lead to a penalty try and yellow card against GPS and another slicing pill that saw Mac Grealy cross in the corner.

Thomas sealed the result for UQ when he jumped over the ruck right under the uprights in the 58th minute

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