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RD 4: SYDNEY RAYS v Queensland Country Pittwater Park, Sydney | Sunday 24th September | Kick Off 1:00pm

Round 4 - Away

Bond University Queensland Country claim away win over Sydney Rays

Bond University Queensland Country have secured a 50-24 win over the Sydney Rays at Pittwater Park in Round 4 of the National Rugby Championship (NRC).

Country outscored the Rays eight tries to three, with a hat-trick from captain Duncan Paia’aua helping deliver the Country side only their third ever away win in the competition.

Wests winger Filipo Daugunu crossed the line twice in his NRC and Country debut, while James Tuttle, Chris Feauai-Sautia and Hamish Stewart also scored tries.

“It was a challenge out there. We have a lot of players still under 21 throughout the squad and to be part of a competitive side in the NRC, representative level Rugby, today was a great learning experience for them and the way they carried themselves as a team showed character.” - Head Coach Brad Thorn

IN GAME BLOG

FIRST HALF

12min | Rays cross for the first try through Paula Balekana. Rohan Saifoloi slots the conversion. Score: 7-nil.

17min | Saifoloi slots a penalty. Score: 10-nil.

23min | James Tuttle crosses for Country's first try off a Duncan Paia'aua break. Tuttle converts his own try to narrow the margin to 10-7.

24min | Filipo Daugunu crosses for his first ever NRC and Country try off the ensuing kick-off. Tuttle converts. Score: 14-10.

36min | A converted try through Damien Fitzpatrick for the Rays edges them back into the lead. Score: 17-14.

41min | Duncan Paia'aua scores on the stroke of half-time to put Country in the lead. Score: 19-17.

SECOND HALF

42min | Paia'aua crosses for his second try, Tuttle converts. Score: 26-17.

54min | Chris Feauai-Sautia crosses for a try, Tuttle converts. Score: 33-17.

59min | Dave Lolohea crosses for the Rays, Saifoloi adds the extras. Score: 33-24.

62min | Hamish Stewart crosses for a try, Tuttle misses the conversion. Score: 38-24.

69min | Filipo Daugunu crosses for his second try, Scott Malolua converts. Score: 45-24.

FT | Paia'aua crosses for his third try in the final play of the game, securing a 50-24 win for his side.

Bond University Queensland Country

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

2. Alex Mafi - Bond University/Mt Isa

3. Taniela Tupou - Brothers

4. Angus Blyth - Bond University/Gold Coast (run-on debut)

5. Harry Hockings - University of Queensland/Bowen

6. Tai Ford - Bond University/Gold Coast (run-on debut)

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 (NRC/Queensland Country debut)

15. Patrick James - Brothers

Reserves

16. Richie Asiata - Easts

17. Alex Casey - Souths

18. Fred Burke - GPS

19. Rob Puli'uvea (potential NRC/Queensland Country debut)

20. Ted Postal - Brothers/Townsville

21. Scott Malolua - Souths

22. Teti Tela - Souths

23. Jock Campbell - University of Queensland/Gold Coast

Sydney Rays

1. David Lolohea

2. Damien Fitzpatrick (c)

3. Alain Mirallakis

4. James Brown

5. Angus Ryan

6. Connor Vest

7. Tom Connor

8. Hugh Sinclair

9. Nick Duffy

10. Sam Lane

11. Stephan van der Walt

12. Rohan Saifoloi

13. Apo Latunipulu

14. Paula Balekana

15. Bryce Hegarty

Reserves

16. James Hilterbrand

17. Richie Vaihu

18. Wayne Borsak

19. Kawa Leamu

20. Alex Perez

21. Harry Nucifora

22. Angus Sinclair

23. Harry Burey

NEXT GAME

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