Uni goes straight to the SGQ Cup grand final
Aug
23
2015

UNIVERSITY has moved straight into the SGQ Cup grand final by downing minor premier the Noosa Dolphins 17-15 at Sunshine Beach yesterday.

The win grants the Barbarians a home grand final.

In recent years the decider has been played at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

"It will be special to play the grand final at home and hopefully we get a good crowd down there to support us," delighted University coach Steve Scotland said.

"It is a huge advantage for us, but more importantly is a great thing for the club."

"It is a reward for all the hard work we put in during the season."

The Barbarians last tasted premiership success in 2011 when they beat Noosa 12-9.

They lost last year's decider to the Dolphins 10-9.

"There have been a few bad years there I guess, but we have focused on getting better as a club," Scotland said.

Beating Noosa at Sunshine Beach - one of the hardest road trips in the competition - should be a huge confidence booster for the Barbarians.

"We recognise the significance in getting a win up there and it is an achievement in itself because we have only done it once before (in a grand final qualifier), so it is obviously a hard place to go and get a win," Scotland said.

"Noosa played well too."

The Barbarians were cruelled in the opening exchanges of the match when centre Simon Laing was helped from the field with a suspected hamstring injury.

"There might be some nerve damage there, which is unfortunate for him," Scotland said.

University led 11-7 at half-time and managed to hold out several attacking raids in the second stanza to claim a memorable win.

"It was a bit touchy in some parts and we probably went away from our structure a little bit," Scotland said.

"We put a lot of pressure on Noosa and it was good end-to-end game of football."

Noosa will play the winner of today's match between Maroochydore and Caloundra in next week's preliminary final.

"It will be interesting to see what happens there," Scotland said.

UNIVERSITY 17

NOOSA 15

Courtesy of Sunshine Coast Daily

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