Seru Uru the hero in Bulldogs Grand Final Victory

Image Credit: Queensland Premier Rugby

The Wests Bulldogs are the 2022 Queensland Premier Rugby Champions after defeating University of Queensland 44-27, 16 years after they last tasted premiership glory.

The Bulldogs featured 7 Fijians in their lineup; Former Suva and Fiji Under 20’s lock Angelo Smith, Reds backrower Seru Uru, Flying Fijian scrumhalf Moses Sorovi, the hard hitting Vilikesa Raboiliku at centre, flyers Ben Navosailagi and Filipo Daugunu on their wings and Fijian Drua prop Jone Tiko on the bench.

The first two tries went the way of UQ who put up a 10-3 lead after 16 minutes before Wests hit back through a Angelo Smith try under the posts.

In the 37th minute Seru Uru went on a barnstorming 40 metre run beating several defenders to get the Bulldogs into the UQ 22 resulting in a yellow card for the opposition and 3 points for Wests. Halftime score Bulldogs 13-17 UQ.

2 minutes into the second half Filipo Daugunu found himself in the sin-bin after a trip on Reds teammate Tate McDermott. The Wallabies winger chasing his own kick threw out a leg and was yellow carded for his indiscretion.

Winger Ben Navosailagi . Credit Queensland Premier Rugby

At 20 all in the 52nd minute UQ spread the ball to their left only to find Wests winger Ben Navosailagi who showed great reflexes to reach above his head, take the intercept and run 42 metres to score the try that gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the match.

A 65th minute penalty gave Wests a 30-27 lead and in the 72nd minute Seru Uru broke out of a lineout maul to crash over. The Bulldogs with a 10 point lead 7 minutes from full time. Rebels hooker Jordan Uelese’s try 4 minutes later put the result beyond doubt.

Uru was awarded the Tony Shaw Medal for the best on ground adding to his breakout season which has seen him don the Australia A jersey and on the cusp of Wallabies selection.

The Bulldogs also featured Suliasi Vunivalu, Rebels winger Ilikena Vudogo and Qoronaisi Tiko-Twist throughout the season. A record number of Fijians for any professional or semi professional club outside the Fijian Drua.

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