News

Echidnas just bested in nail-biting match

STRONG SHOWING: The Echidnas moments before they ran in their first try of the match.
STRONG SHOWING: The Echidnas moments before they ran in their first try of the match. Rory Hession

RUGBY UNION: Three tough weeks for the Echidnas recorded no wins on the scoreboard but with a home game against UQ Gatton for round seven things looked hopeful for a turnaround.

The Echidnas wasted no time in reminding the opposition why their home ground, dubbed "the ants' nest,” was a fortress, seizing the initiative to put pressure on a dazed UQ Gatton outfit.

A penalty came not long after, allowing the Echidnas to put three up on the board and take the lead.

Poor ball control from UQ gave the initiative back to the Echidnas, as some great ball control and security at the breakdown put them into an attacking position on the 5m line.

Points came not long after as a dominant set-piece scrum set up an opportunity on the left wing for number 11 to step his way through.

After weeks of a below-average kicking game, the Echidnas seemed to be making amends as they sent the conversion through the posts from out wide to notch seven up on the board.

UQ weren't rookies however and reacted quickly from the initial shock and awe of the Echidnas' assault to thread a perfectly waited pass to create an overlap and five points to the right of the post.

With a scoreline of 10-5 things looked to be evening up as contact intensified and opportunities for the Echidnas seemed to go begging, until a line out onthe UQ 30m line broke thedeadlock.

In a perfectly executed move, the Echidnas hooker was passed back the ball after the throw and charged the right wing, running over a UQ defender to score a try after a 30m dash.

As a scoreline of 15-5 sat on the ants' nest scoreboard, both teams headed into the sheds before a frenetic second half resumed.

The UQ team that came out in the second half was an entirely different outfit to that in the first and their ferocity off the kick-off had the Echidnas stunned.

UQ began to run in tries over the park as a tiring Echidnas pack tried to stem the assault by tightening up their engagement at the breakdown and slow down UQ's ball.

The Echidnas were no slouches however and a few perfectly executed back-line plays stung the UQ defence and produced points on the board.

In one of the most entertaining matches of the season thus far, both UQ and the Echidnas were locked in a tight struggle to produce the final push needed to close out the opposition.

In the end it was UQ Gatton that prevailed, holding off the Echidnas to take out a well-fought 31-27 victory.

Despite the loss the Echidnas have a number of positive points moving into two weeks of byes before matches resume.

Topics:  echidnas rugby union uq gatton rugby


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Fire tower to become part of town's history

PRESERVING HISTORY: The Yuleba Forestry Fire Tower will be dismantled and moved to the Maranoa council depot before being displayed as a historical spectacle.

The Yuleba fire tower has been saved for the community.

SEIZED: 4000 AK-47 rounds, guns buried underground

Police raided a rural property at Tara, allegedly uncovering a stockpile of drugs, weapons and ammunition.

Police raid Tara chicken coop, allegedly uncover weapons cache

Nathan Dam approved by Federal Government

An artists impression of the proposed Nathan Dam.

SunWater receives environmental approvals for Nathan Dam

Local Partners

Eddie McGuire to come back as Footy Show co-host

EDDIE McGuire will return to The Footy Show as co-host alongside Sam Newman and Rebecca Maddern.

Channing Tatum’s cheeky $2400 sex toy prank

Channing Tatum in a scene from "Kingsman: The Golden Circle".

Channing Tatum went all out with his prank this time

Still downloading Game of Thrones? Expect a letter

You mean to tell me HBO want to protect one of the world’s most popular shows?

HBO title holds record as most illegally downloaded show

Sam Newman's Footy Show performance baffles panel

Sam Newman on the Footy Show

“Cat got your tongue tonight has it?”

OJ Simpson loses cool as he begs to go free

Simpson was convicted in 2008 of enlisting some men he barely knew, including two who had guns, to retrieve from two sports collectables sellers some items that Simpson said were stolen from him a decade earlier.

Tension at the parole hearing didn't stop OJ going free

Lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, dies age 41

Coroner spokesman Brian Elias says they are investigating Bennington's death as an apparent suicide but no additional details are available.

Chester Bennington's body was found in LA at 9am local time.

Chester Bennington’s tragic Chris Cornell connection

Bennington sings at Chris Cornell’s funeral on May 26 in Los Angeles. Picture: AP

Bennington reportedly godfather of one of Cornell’s three children

Locky eyes next 'series' win

WINNING COMBINATION: Rugby league great Darren Lockyer is to launch his collection of house designs with Ausmar on Saturday at Caloundra.

NRL legend Darren Lockyer in Sunshine Coast partnership

Alex beach or bluff at your front door

ALEX LIVING: 9/252 Alexandra Pde, Alexandra Headland.

Beachfront unit among the picks of this week's auction line-up

Open for inspection homes 20 - 26 July

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection.

Sunshine Coast shopping centre on the market

Coles-anchored centre in high-growth area listed for sale

Island resort living from just $250 a week

Couran Cove on Stradbroke Island is undergoing a makeover. Photo: Steve Holland

Resort offering permanent rentals at almost half normal rental price

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!