Bond University Queensland Country defeat Melbourne Rising

Bond University Queensland Country claimed a 54-12 win over Melbourne Rising on a sunny Saturday afternoon on the Gold Coast in Round 5 of the National Rugby Championship.

Country outscored their opponents eight tries to two and currently sit on top of the NRC ladder.

“The whole team stood up and performed today. They were tested throughout the match but stood up to the challenge. They managed to hold the Rising out with only 13-men on field, which says a lot about the culture within the side and their attitude in defence." - Head Coach Brad Thorn


First half - Scoring plays

16MIN: Chris Feauai-Sautia scores the first try of the match after an offload from Liam Wright who fell just short. Tuttle adds the conversion. Country lead 7-0.

35MIN: Daugunu scores Country's second after Feauai-Sautia got a turnover and popped the ball up to his winger. Tuttle kicks the conversion and Country lead 14-0.

Second half - scoring plays

48MIN: Tupou scores Country's third try with a crash ball from short range. Tuttle adds the conversion and Country lead 21-0.

52MIN: TRY TIME Stewart. Nice run and overhead pass from Timu to his flyhalf to score. Tuttle kicks his fourth conversion and Country lead 28-0.

60MIN: Rising hit back with their first try of the match. Reserve hooker Mapusua scoring off the back of a rolling maul. Conversion unsuccessful and Country lead 28-5.

64MIN: Country skipper Paia'aua crashes and steps his way over the try line to score his side's fifth try. Stewart kicks the conversion and Country lead 35-5.

72MIN: TRY TIME Tela! Ford forced a turnover and got an offload away to Tela who ran away to score. Country lead 40-5.

74MIN: TRY TIME Daugunu! Lovely try with Stewart kicking ahead to his winger to grab his second. The winger converts his own try. Country lead 47-5.

79MIN: Daugunu is in again, scoring his hat trick try after an offload from Ford. The winger converts his own try and Country lead 54-5.

80+MIN: Havea scores a consolation try for Rising. McGregor adds the conversion. Country claim it 54-12.

Bond University Queensland Country 54 (Chris Feauai-Sautia, Filipo Daugunu 3, Taniela Tupou, Hamish Stewart, Duncan Paia’aua, Teti Tela tries; James Tuttle 4, Stewart 1, Daugunu 2 conversions) defeated Melbourne Rising 12 (Cameron Mapusua, Jason Havea tries; Jack McGregor 1 conversion) at Bond University on Saturday 30 September, 2017.


1. Sef Fa'agase - University of Queensland/Beaudesert

2. Alex Casey - Souths

3. Taniela Tupou - Brothers

4. Angus Blyth - Bond University/Gold Coast

5. Harry Hockings - University of Queensland/Bowen

6. Angus Scott-Young – University of Queensland

7. Liam Wright - Easts

8. Caleb Timu - Souths

9. James Tuttle - GPS

10. Hamish Stewart - Bond University/Toowoomba

11. Eto Nabuli - GPS

12. Duncan Paia'aua - Norths/Rockhampton

13. Chris Feauai-Sautia - Souths

14. Filipo Daugunu - Wests

15. Patrick James - Brothers


16. Richie Asiata - Easts

17. Alex Mafi - Bond University/Mt Isa

18. Fred Burke - GPS

19. Rob Puli'uvea

20. Tai Ford - Bond University/Gold Coast

21. Tate McDermott – University of Queensland/Sunshine Coast

22. Teti Tela - Souths

23. Veresa Mataitini – Norths

Melbourne Rising

1. Rory O’Connor

2. Siliva Siliva

3. Fereti Sa’aga

4. Steve Cummins

5. Emmanuel Latu-Meafou

6. Jason Havea

7. Ikapote Tupai

8. Rob Leota

9. Harrison Goddard

10. Jack McGregor

11. Semisi Tupou

12. Sione Tuipulotu

13. Hunter Paisami

14. Kitione Ratu

15. Jack Maddocks


16. Cameron Mapusua

17. Tom Moloney

18. Pome Fa’amausili

19. Sione Taufa

20. Lloyd Johansson

21. Maradona Farao

22. Mahe Vailanu

23. Henry Hutchison


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