QLD Premier Rugby Round 14: Students Pull Off Another Miracle, Wests Dealt Huge Blow
By Finn Morton; Photo – Brendan Hertel/QRU Media
If round thirteens last-minute winner wasn’t dramatic enough, this week UQ waited until the 85th minute to snap victory from the jaws of defeat.
Trailing by six, the Students crossed over from close range well after the full-time siren.
This allowed captain James Dalgleish to step up and kick for victory.
With ice in his veins, the skipper converted a tough kick fifteen-metres in from touch on the twenty-two.
While Dalgleish was comfortable with the pressure, he understood how vital those two-points would be with finals in the balance.
“There were definitely a few nerves when lining up the kicks as I knew how important it was for us to win the game to keep our finals hopes alive,” said Dalgleish.
“At the same time I was confident that if I stuck to my normal kicking routine I would have a good chance of kicking the conversion.
“We had a disappointing first half of the season but [we] have worked really hard to get back into the top four. The win against Norths was extremely important to keeping our finals hopes alive.”
UQ may have won the match, but they did concede thirty-nine points at home to the team currently sitting in ninth.
But the skipper was adamant that there was no cause for concern as he is “confident” that his side can learn from their mistakes as they prepare for higher-ranked sides.
“Conceding thirty-nine points was disappointing but I am confident that we can improve areas in our defence to avoid this from happening again.
“Although Norths have had little success this season, they have several players that can open the game up and find the try line.”
Despite coming off an “efficient” performance which saw the Students score forty-points, Dalgleish acknowledged that there is work to be done before facing Sunnybank on Saturday.
“We know that if we can be efficient at the breakdown in attack and recycle the ball, points will come.
“We will work on our defensive structures during the week to ensure we are ready to compete against Sunnybank.”
In the other games, despite a strong start by Sunnybank, a double to Brothers winger Byron Ralston helped the Filth extend their winning streak to six.
Jeeps dealt Wests’ finals hopes a massive blow by defeating the Bulldogs 29-22 at Sylvan Road.
Easts kept their finals hopes alive by upsetting rivals Souths 30-17 at Chipsy Wood Oval.