Brothers lose tight one to University - 7 / May / 2015

University have come away with a four-try bonus point win by narrowly defeating Brothers 28-25, at Crosby Park in Round 8 of BLK Queensland Premier Rugby.

There was little to separate the two teams in the rain-delayed fixture, with a 7-point margin the biggest of the day.

Brothers played bravely in the high-scoring contest by scoring a number of spectacular tries, while Uni returned serve with equal vigour.

The match also marked the Queensland Premier Rugby debut of referee Rasta Rasivhenge, an icon of the International Rugby Sevens World Series.

Queensland Reds livewire Jamie-Jerry Taulagi got University off to a flying start by dancing through the line at close range, leaving the try for flanker Jay Adkins to score.

Brothers struck back with a flash of set-piece brilliance from Sam Greene and Pierce Fitzgerald, slick passing slotting Reds Under-20s halfback Angus Fowler over for his first try.

Brothers consolidated their position minutes later when an ambitious Fitzgerald sidestep shattered the University defensive line, allowing Fowler to receive a timed pass to stroll over untouched for his second.

University responded with two long range tries, the first to former Reds Under-20s winger Gareth Kalell after a 50 metre streak down the wing, the second to Number 8 Jack de Guingand after a long Phil Potgieter run.

A final penalty to Brothers closed the roller-coaster first half 20-18.

The lead changed hands twice more after the halftime break before University winger Jock Campbell combined with 2013 Southport School classmate Ed Gibson to break the line, lofting a smooth offload to Tom Pincus for a converted try.

With five minutes to play, Matt Mafi crossed for Brothers to bring the match back within three points, ensuring a grandstand finish.

On final play Brothers found space on the right wing, only to be denied by a jarring try-saving tackle from Harry Parker, forcing a knock on and sealing a tight University win.

University face Sunnybank in a third versus fourth 2014 Grand Final re-match against Sunnybank in Round 9.

Brothers will be wary of a Souths outfit with the ability to threaten any team.

University 28 (J Adkins J de Guingand G Kalell T Pincus tries T Pincus 2 pens 1 con) d Brothers 25 (A Fowler 2 tries M Mafi 1 try S Greene 2 pens 2 cons