20min | Country broke the game open when winger Eto Nabuli combined with Patrick James and Chris Feauia-Sautia with some scintillating offloading to put James Tuttle over for the first try of the match.
24min | The Vikings hit back two minutes later with a try to inside centre James Dargaville and Warenui Hawera slotted the conversion to level the scores at 7-all.
32min | The Vikings extended their lead in the 33rd minute when prop Harrison Lloyd burrowed his way over the try line from close range.
37min | With three minutes remaining in the opening stanza, Vikings’ blindside flanker Rob Valentini dotted down for the home side’s third try to make it a 21-7 game.
43min | Filipo Daugunu showed his finishing prowess to stay in field and plant the ball down next to the corner post for Country’s second try, reducing the deficit to 21-14 after Tuttle nailed the sideline conversion.
57min | A loose ball was swooped on by Paia’aua in the 57th minute as the skipper raced away to put Country ahead 28-21.
67min | Vikings’ replacement Lausii Taliauli drived over the try line to re-level the scores at 28-all.
77min | Country turned down two penalty goal opportunities in the dying stages and were rewarded when captain Paia’aua burst through two defenders to score a vital try, 35-28.
79min | Daugunu claimed the sloppy restart and raced away, to ensure Country would finish the 2017 season as champions.
BOND UNIVERSITY QUEENSLAND COUNTRY
1. Richie Asiata – Easts (Starting debut)
2. Alex Mafi - Bond University, Gold Coast
3. Taniela Tupou - Brothers
4. Harry Hockings - University of Queensland, Bowen
5. Angus Blyth - Bond University, Gold Coast
6. Angus Scott-Young - University of Queensland
7. Tai Ford - Bond University, Gold Coast
8. Caleb Timu - Souths
9. James Tuttle - GPS
10.Hamish Stewart - Bond University, Toowoomba
11. Eto Nabuli - GPS
12. Duncan Paia'aua (c) - Norths, Rockhampton
13. Chris Feauai-Sautia - Souths
14. Filipo Daugunu - Wests
15. Patrick James - Brothers
16. Alex Casey - Souths
17. Gareth Ryan - Brothers
18. Gavin Luka - Bond University, Gold Coast (Potential Queensland Country and NRC debut)
19. Phil Potgieter - University of Queensland, Toowoomba
20. Ted Postal - Brothers
21. Tate McDermott - University of Queensland, Sunshine Coast
22. Teti Tela - Souths
23. Tony Hunt - University of Queensland
1. Faalelei Sione
2. Folau Faingaa
3. Les Leuluailii-Makin
4. Dean Oakman-Hunt
5. Darcy Swain
6. Rob Valetini
7. Tom Cusack (c)
8. Lolo Fakaosilea
9. Ryan Lonergan
10. Wharenui Hawera
11. Andrew Muirhead
12. James Dargaville
13. Len Ikitau
14. Ben Johnston
15. Tom Banks
16. Robbie Abel
17. Harry Lloyd
18. Max Bode
19. Michael Oakman-Hunt
20. Angus Allen
21. Pedro Rolando
22. Liam Moseley
23. Lausii Taliauli