UQ chases three in a row

City boys hit Roma to do their bit for bush foot­ball

The Western Star - - SPORT - Ellen Ransley [email protected]­ern­starnews.com

UQ Rugby 1 has been the team to beat the past two years and they’re not look­ing to make an ex­cep­tion for this year’s San­tos Roma Rugby 7s.

Still rid­ing high off their 19-0 win over Brisbane-Fiji in last year’s San­tos Men’s cham­pi­onship, the team is com­ing back to Roma next month and are hop­ing to once again take home the Tanya Os­bourne Cup, all in the name of supporting bush foot­ball.

Craig Win­ship from UQ Rugby 1 said, as a city univer­sity, they had a lot of stu­dents play­ing who were orig­i­nally from the bush.

“I think be­cause of that we re­ally like to sup­port bush tour­na­ments and we go out there and have some fun, see what’s out there.

“When we’ve been in Roma in the past, we try and sup­port the spon­sors, we’ve been found at the Royal a few times.”

While the club is still in the early days of their pre-sea­son train­ing for 15s, Win­ship said bring­ing rugby to the bush was a good way to hon­our the game.

He said the 7s had some­thing dif­fer­ent to of­fer to the 15s.

“The thing about 7s that I re­ally like is that it’s a sport of self-dis­cov­ery.

“Any weak link, whether that be a player, coach or man­ager shows up in re­sults, whereas in 15s that can be cov­ered up.

“It re­ally ex­poses peo­ple of great char­ac­ter and pro­duces some great play­ers,” Win­ship said.

“I think we’ve got plenty of those.”

While the men’s team is go­ing for their third win in five years, the women from UQ Rugby hope to take out the AGL Women’s Cham­pi­onship for the Emilee Cherry Cup, which they won in 2017.

PHOTO: MOLLY HAN­COCK

SAN­TOS ROMA RUGBY SEVENS: Back to back win­ners UQ Rugby 1.

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