Paia’aua serves his Coun­try

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - VINCE RUGARI

DUN­CAN Paia’aua starred as Queens­land Coun­try capped a re­mark­able Na­tional Rugby Cham­pi­onship cam­paign with a stun­ning 42-28 grand fi­nal vic­tory over the Canberra Vik­ings last night.

Skip­per Paia’aua scored his sec­ond try of the match in the 75th minute as Coun­try came back from 21-7 down at half­time to win their first piece of sil­ver­ware.

Fresh from his first Wal­la­bies ap­pear­ance against the Bar­bar­ians last month, Paia’aua had a hand in two other tries in a thrilling de­cider at Viking Park in Canberra.

He was also shown a con­tentious yel­low card in the 66th minute for an al­leged shoul­der charge which opened the doo door for the Vik­ings to score th through Lausii Tali­auli and le level the scores at 28-all.

But Paia’aua made a m match-win­ning im­pact a as soon as he got back on the field.

It was a per­for­mance that would have done no harm to his chances of re­ceiv­ing an in­vi­ta­tion to join the Wal­la­bies squad for the rest of their Euro­pean tour.

Winger Filipo Dau­gunu iced the con­test with his third try of the match with three min­utes to go, bring­ing his sea­son tally to 13.

His two other tries came at the start of the half and helped to spark the mo­men­tum swing.

ME­TE­ORIC RISE: Wal­la­bies for­ward Lukhan Tui; and (in­set) tak­ing on the Bar­bar­ians. Pic­tures: Getty Im­ages TRY TIME: Filipo Dau­gunu.

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