QLD Premier Rugby: Gallopers riding high despite significant changes

By Michael Atkinson Of the GPS side that lost 23-14 to University of Queensland in the 2017 Premier Rugby Grand Final, only five players are still playing at the club in 2018. Five. Loose-head prop Laione Mulikihaamea, fly-half AJ Alatimu, and centre Maalonga Konelio have all moved on. Flanker Waita Setu took a contract in the UK just prior to the ‘GF’ and departed soon after the loss. Club stalwart Todd Winkley, has turned his focus to work. And inspirational skipper Dan Gorman, suffered a season-ending injury in the preseason. That’s not just a few small players in a side that went within a whisker of ending the club’s 21-year premiership drought. They were all genuine superstars in that team. Gone. Yet ‘The Gallopers’ are the only side with two wins after as many rounds this season. Coach Anthony Mathison and assistant Elwee Prinsloo have once again pulled together a talented squad with a balance of youth, experience, new faces and club favo
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