Top of the class, at last

By DARRYN NUFER ? THE UNIVERSITY juggernaut rolled on at Rockhampton's Rugby Park on Saturday with the competition leaders notching up a resounding 64-7 round four win over Brothers.

The students attacked relentlessly with eight of their 10 tries being scored by the in-form backline.

It is a vast turnaround for the club in the Agrade Rockhampton and District Rugby Union competition, which had to settle for a fourth place finish last year and the wooden spoon in 2003.

"I think the most pleasing thing is the tries we are scoring really are team tries,'' coach Brent Stephens said. "The forwards are doing their part and the backs are finishing it off, we're not just relying on individuals.''

At the start of the season, the club's goal was to build on last year and not go backwards.

But despite now sitting eight points clear at the top of the table, there has been no goal-reassessing yet, nor has there been talk of a premiership.

"It's still early in the season, we're not at the end of the first round yet because we've got our bye next week,'' Stephens said.

"We've still got the June holidays which is a danger period because traditionally we lose players then, so we can't get too far ahead of ourselves.''

University No 8 Andrew Hanrahan and backs Murray Brooks and Hugues Groshens all scored doubles in the drubbing.

Kicker Craig Wilkes was on target with the boot landing seven goals in the bonus-point win.

In the other A-grade game, Colts defeated Dawson Valley 14-5. Frenchville Pioneers, who had the bye, bring up the rear of the competition still without a win.



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