The Queensland University of Technology Trouts are premiership winners after holding off the Griffith Dragons at Davies Park last night.
The Trouts took the Universities Rugby League Queensland trophy home with a 22-16 victory set up by a scintillating first half.
The Dragons had started well with a try to speedy back Patrick Robinson in the fourth minute to take a 4-0 lead.
But the Trouts looked like they were set to put a score on when they ran in four straight tries to set up a 22-4 halftime lead.
Jayden Trace opened the scoring, and was followed up by man of the match Ty Buckmaster, the Trouts’ lock and captain.
However, it was two tries in two minutes that broke the game open.
They both went to centre Luke Ford, who made sure he crossed around near the posts to give his kicker Blake Trace easy conversions.
But as minor premiers the Dragons were never going to make it easy, and they will rue a missed opportunity 10 minutes into the second half where the ball was spilled over the line.
They didn’t drop their heads though, and a try to Emmanuelle Kiddie with nine minutes remaining breathed life into the contest.
A few sets later big second rower Connor Bohan powered his way over near the uprights and suddenly the Dragons were back within a converted try.
But coach Jamie Dowse’s men held their nerve, the Trouts controlling the last few minutes of play to secure an unlikely premiership from third spot.
After the match Buckmaster was rewarded as player of the game for his tireless efforts and first-half try.
URLQ GRAND FINAL
QUT TROUTS 22 (Luke Ford 2, Jayden Trace, Ty Buckmaster tries; Blake Trace 3 goals) defeated GRIFFITH DRAGONS 16 (Patrick Robinson, Emmanuelle Kiddie, Connor Bohan tries; Jess Domic 2 goals) at Davies Park, Brisbane.
QUT Trouts celebrate their grand final win. Photo: URLQ Facebook