23rd May, 2017
It’s not often a Colts team boasts a senior Australian representative but UQ had Australian Sevens “wonder boy” Tate McDermott in their side. He scored 2 of their 7 tries in an impressive display. Our boys made a sluggish start and were down 21-0 before they found any kind of rhythm.
Outstanding rookie centre Kuti Tahua made a midfield break, Brock Foggo linked and Jackson Neale went over with a 20m sprint to the corner. Then big no 8 Tipane Mavoa handled twice in a spectacular try. Slick work by halfback Josh Vuta put him away down the right touchline, where he chipped over the opposition and, following through, Neale got the perfect bounce. He passed onto Mavoa who had the pace to outstrip the defence. John Nucifora converted and at halftime it looked anyone’s game at 21-12.
But, apart from a Riley Wilson try, the second half was a one-way street. UQ scored 4 more tries to run out winners 43-17 and stay in touch with the top of the table. Once again, basic errors cost us dearly. Lineout throwing was terrible and poor handling spoiled many promising moves. Mind you, we weren’t helped by a penalty count of 11-3 against us.
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