Despite the weather experienced in South-East Queensland overnight, Round 3 of Queensland Premier Rugby will kick-off around Brisbane as planned this Saturday, 1 April.
The Game of the Round will see Bond University host reigning premiers Brothers at Bond University. This match will be live streamed via Facebook LIVE and redsrugby.com.au.
The Sunnybank v Wests match at Oldmac Oval will also be live streamed. Easts return from the Round 2 bye to take on Norths at Hugh Courtney Oval and Souths will take on GPS at Chipsy Wood Oval.
A number of St.George Queensland Reds will be in action across the weekend, including Caderyn Neville and Alex Mafi, who will both feature for Bond in the Game of the Round.
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Brothers v Bond, Bond University 3.20pm – ‘Game of the Round’ | LIVE Stream Game
Bond University will host the Game of the Round this weekend as they welcome Brothers to the Gold Coast. The home side have had a mixed start to the season, knocking off Norths in Round 1 before suffering a tough loss to GPS. On the Gold Coast for the second week in a row, Bond will have to lift their energy if they are to overcome a Brethren outfit hungry for their second win. Brothers fell short of the Tigers in the opening round but delivered a more polished performance at home in Round 2. Be sure to tune in to the live stream via redsrugby.com.au and Facebook LIVE as both teams go searching for their second win.
Garreth Ryan, Francois Postale, Dustin Hennegan, Ted Postale, Luke Williams, Harry Symes, Henry Fitzgerald, Criff Tupou, Reuben Wall, Patrick James, Will Shipperley, Nathanual Gendle, Jeremy Skelton, Mitch Felsman, Elih Baillie.
Coach: Carl Marshall
Alex Mafi, Brandon Anae, Rubin Fuimaono, Cadeyrn Neville, Callum McDonald, Joel Brown, Tainui Ford, Vincent Quigley, Vitori Buatava, Oscar Dennis, Brad Jones, Adam Higgins, Nathan Corbett, Michael Marshall.
Coach: Sean Hedger
Norths v Easts, Hugh Courtney Oval, 3.20pm
After a tough trip to Oldmac Oval in Round 2, Norths will be pleased to return to the Eagles’ Nest this weekend. The opening two rounds have been a learning curve for Norths’ new-look side as combinations are beginning to take shape. On Saturday, they’ll go looking for their first win of the season against a confident Easts outfit. The Tigers stunned 2016 champions’ Brothers in Round 1, coming away with a 28-19 victory at David Wilson Field. Handed the Round 2 bye, Easts weren’t able to build on that momentum but the week off will have the Tigers primed for an ambush. Last year’s sixth and seventh finishers will know how difficult it is to chase the pack after losses early in the season.
Tonga Maafu, Danial Sutherland, AJ Campbell, Brent Jones, Elias Power, Connor Anderson, Saula Vuaca, Apisai Naiyabo, Nicholas Chapman, Michael Burke, Veresa Mataitini, Tyrone Lefau, Brad Lacey, Jared Grey, Kallum Mackay.
Coach: Nick Fogarty
Richie Asiata, Samual Richards, Josef Horomia, Tyrell Barker, Mitchell Schneider, Tomas Milosevic, Michael Gunn, Tyrone Pritchard, Tim Smith, John Tibbetts, Max Quigley, Navaitalai, Toby White, Charlie Olsen, David Yabsley.
Coach: Anthony Connellan
Souths v GPS, Chipsy Wood Oval, 3.20pm
The Magpies return to Chipsy Wood Oval after a tough trip to Stade de Heavy in Round 2. Souths and Sunnybank played out a thrilling 29-all draw in the opening round before the Magpies were reminded of UQ’s pedigree. This weekend, Souths will be looking for redemption and their first win of the season against a poised GPS unit. The Gallopers took full advantage of the Round 1 bye, using the extra week to hone their skills before thumping Bond University 50-7. GPS struggled to string performances together in 2016 before eventually falling short of finals contention. With Souths desperate for their first win and GPS eager for the perfect start, Chipsy Wood is set for a classic encounter.
Alex Casey, Maile Ngauamo, Paulo Leleisiuao, Matthew Bennett, Bruce Stuart Williamson, Caleb Timu, Simana Halaifonua, Michael Tafili, Lachlan Gray, Aporosa Bev Tuqiri, Mikaele Tela, Paul Brown, Rapheal Evalu, Keeghan Sefton, Semiti Tela, Jake Simeon, Eveni Hunt.
Coach: Elia Tuqiri
Laione Mulikhaanea, Feleti Kaitu’u, Frederick Burke, Kieren Johnston, Danial Gormen, Michael Richards, Enzo Mutoti, Mitchell King, Tom Christie, AJ Alatimu, Noa Tuqiri, James Herbet, Maaloga Konelio, Eric Vasukicakau, Todd Winkley.
Coach: Anthony Mathison
Sunnybank v Wests, Oldmac Oval, 3.20pm – LIVE Stream Match
The undefeated Dragons have been gifted two home games in a row and will host Wests at Oldmac Oval on Saturday. The Dragons gathered momentum from their Round 1 draw to knock off Norths 36-17 in Round 2. Running in six tries to Norths’ three, Sunnybank registered a bonus-point victory to claim second spot on the ladder. While Wests are yet to claim their first point, there were promising signs on Saturday against the premiers. Travelling to Jack Ross Oval is no easy task and the Bulldogs were unlucky to come away with no competition points. This weekend they have an opportunity to surprise the Dragons who will be looking to continue their unbeaten run.
Benroy Sala, Moli Sooaemalelagi, Danial Anae, Nathan, Den Hoedt, David, Findlay-Henaway, Brendan Mitchell, Josateki Murry, Meli Koliavu, Issal Fines-Leleiwasa, Jake Strachan, Joey Fittock, Fred Dorrough, Conrad Quick, Junior Laloifi, Richard Kingi
Coach: Damon Virtue
Lachlan Brown-Bates, Cody Blackhurst, Misioka Timoteo, Spencer Walmsley, Harrison Struss, Jeremiah Lynch, Alec Fontalvo, Dillon Wihongi, Liam Dillon, Richard Aitsi, Paul-Eti Slater, Shai Wiperi, Peter Nelson, Filipo Daugunu, Byron Hutchinson.
Coach: Patrick Byron