Scrum and breakdown key in UQ v GPS major semi final preview

Premiership favourites the University of Queensland and GPS face off in Round 16 of the Hospital Challenge Cup in what shapes as the match of the season so far, while a number of Wallabies have bolstered Wests’ finals hopes. Still unbeaten in 2021, Uni can sew up the minor premiership with a win over their great rivals at St Lucia on Saturday afternoon, as the clubs also contest the Bunter Bowl and Welsby Cup as mid-season ladder leaders. Destructive back rower Lona Halaholo returns to start at number-eight for the Heavies, while rising star Lukas Ripley will run-on at outside-centre in place of veteran Con Foley. The performance of front rowers Alex Davies, Cam Flavell and Hamish Richardson will be pivotal, with the GPS pack gaining ascendancy in their last encounter with the Students. Starting well will be key for the Gallopers, who let UQ out to a head-start last time they played. After a bye week last week, the electric Josh Collins returns on the wing Jeeps and wi