Team-mates will become foes tonight when the tightest Universities Rugby League Queensland competition in history kicks back into gear.
With the university semester break over, the URLQ competition resumes with four of the six teams sharing the ladder lead at the halfway point.
Amazingly, three of those four teams are all on top with the same for-and-against differential of plus 22 points.
The competition ladder will take a very different shape after tonight with those four teams set to clash in two of the matches.
And that will pit Queensland Universities Residents team-mates against each other after the competition’s best banded together to take on NSW Tertiaries 10 days ago.
That interstate match, won 26-20 by the NSW side after they led 22-4 early, was a disappointment for the Queensland team.
But tonight those players will get to take their frustration out on each other, with premiers the Griffith Logan Redbacks clashing with Justin Hodges and Jharal Yow Yeh’s Australian Catholic Uni outfit at Logan.
In the other table-topping clash, the Griffith Dragons will host the Queensland University of Technology Trouts at Griffith’s Nathan campus.
The tight nature of the competition means the bottom two sides are not out of the premiership race with five rounds remaining.
Last-placed Griffith Gold Coast Panthers have the chance to jump up the ladder if they can defeat the University of Queensland Hounds down at Parkwood.
11 points – Griffith Logan Redbacks (+22), ACU (+22), QUT Trouts (+22), Griffith Dragons (+16)
9 points – UQ Hounds (-16)
7 points – Griffith GC Panthers (-62)