Queensland premiers GPS to rely on pack mentality in club championship battle against Sydney Uni

by Emma Greenwood

GPS engine room leader Fred Burke says the Gallopers will rely on their set piece strength in a bid to claim the club's first Australian club championship at Ballymore on Saturday.

Burke is hoping a pack mentality can help GPS not only on the field but off it, with thousands expected to turn out at Ballymore for two club championship matches between the Queensland Premier Rugby and Shute Shield grand finalists and a Super W clash sandwiched between the games.

"Jeeps has never won this game before and I don't think a Queensland side has done it since 2011, so I think that's motivation in itself," Burke said.

"And obviously the old Queensland-NSW rivalry is some sort of a factor in what we'll be thinking about.

"We've got 10 of our starting 15 from the final last year, we've lost a few guys, we've gained a few.

"The core of the group is still there and I'm pretty confident from what I've seen from the new guys and even what I've seen from the old battlers, like me, that are still here, that we can do a good job."(L-R) GPS prop Fred Burke, Queensland Women's XV centre Georgie Friedrichs and University of Queensland back Jock Campbell ahead of Saturday's rugbyfest at Ballymore. Photo: QRU Media/Brendan Hertel.

While winning back-to-back Queensland Premier Rugby titles remains GPS' top priority, early attention has been focussed on the clash against Sydney Uni.

And tighthead prop Burke said his side would stray little from its main strength.

"It's no secret that we've had a pretty handy forward pack over the years so I think we'd be silly to not look to utilise that advantage," he said.

"We'll be looking to set a solid platform up front for the backs to work off. That set piece is probably considered the most important part of the game for us.

"So we're not going to shy away from that and we're going to try to at least match Sydney Uni up front and put some heat on them through there and I'm confident that's going to be a successful path for us in terms of getting a good outcome in this game."

GPS will be bolstered by the return of former Reds winger Chris Kuridrani, who has returned to Australia after a stint playing in Japan, while their Queensland Premier Rugby rivals University of Queensland, who will take on Warringah in the earlier match, having included Reds backs Jock Campbell and Will Eadie in their team.

 

Jeeps coach Elwee Prinsloo encouraged rugby fans to head to Ballymore on Saturday for an action-packed afternoon of rugby.

"We're chasing another Hospital Cup (Queensland Premier Rugby) title this year and this weekend is our final outing before we start playing for points," he said.

"If we can pull it off, it will be special for the club and Queensland rugby.

"I'd encourage rugby fans to get down to Ballymore and show their support for all the Queensland teams in action."

The Club Championship will conclude a big day of rugby, with 2018 runners-up UQ and Warringah battling it out before the Super W clash between the Queensland women and the Brumbies.

MATCH DETAILS

All times AEDT.

4pm - UQ vs Warringah, Ballymore

6pm  - Queensland women vs Brumbies, Ballymore, LIVE on RUGBY.com.au and Kayo Sports

7:45pm - GPS vs Sydney Uni, Ballymore, LIVE on FOX SPORTS

TEAMS

UQ vs WARRINGAH

UQ to face Warringah

1. Sam Mellor

2. Tom Mellor

3. Kris Nielsen

4. Dominic Power

5. Tim Manns

6. Patrick Morrey

7. Connor Moroney

8. Sam Wallis

9. Jacobus Can Eeden

10. James Dalgleish (C)

11. Will Eadie

12. Christian Suemalo

13. Oliver Trenchard-Smith

14. Clifton Setu

15. Jock Campbell

Reserves

16. Charlie Smith

17. Pat Fepuleai

18. Jonas Humbert

19. Sam Heilmann

20. Nathan Beil

21. Jakob Morrison

22. William Andersson

23. Braiden Oates

Warringah to face UQ

1. Baxter King

2. Rob Kelly

3. Faavae Sila

4. Sam Thomson

5. George Noa

6. Matt Foulds

7. Jack Hayson

8. Austin Faamausili

9. Josh Holmes

10. Hamish Angus

11. Tyson Davis

12. Charlie Tupou

13. Ezra Chee-Kam

14. Liam Windon

15. Billy Wara

Reserves

16. Apolosi Ranawai

17. Wes Thomas

18. Jason Lautolo

19. Harley Attwater

20. Scott Bradley

21. Ben Marr

22. Luke Reimer

23. Steve Leavasa

GPS vs SYDNEY UNI

GPS to face Sydney Uni

1. Jethro Felemi

2. Maile Ngauamo

3. Fred Burke

4. Ollie Bartlett

5. Dan Gorman (C)

6. Michael Richards (VC)

7. Matt Gicquel

8. Mitch King

9. Jordan Lenac

10. DP de Lange

11. Chris Kuridani

12. Matt Leider

13. Malonga Konelio

14. Esera Tapeli Esera

15. Pat Nicholson

Reserves

16. Troy Simkin

17. Emosi Tuqiri

18. Jonah Pologa

19. Kieran Johnston

20. Dan Chui-Clarke

21.Elliot Turner

22. Alfonso Horomia

23. Isaac De Flavis

Sydney Uni to face GPS

1. Matt Sandell

2. Tom Horton

3. Wayne Borsak

4. Nick Coaldrake

5. Ratu Rotuisolia

6. William Cocker

7. Jack McCalman

8. Mitch Whiteley

9. Banjo Travers

10. Ben Hughes

11. Henry Clunies-Ross

12. Will McDonnell

13. Guy Porter

14. Harry Potter

15. James Kane

Reserves

16. Declan Moore

17. Alex Batho

18. Tom Osborne

19. Rory Suttor

20. Hamish Dunbar

21. Theo Strang

22. Daniel Poletto

23. James Armstrong