Paia’aua serves his Country
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.