Brayden Torpy proved the be the pivotal difference in Queensland Universities’ hard-fought win over a solid New South Wales Tertiary side, downing the Blues 28-10 at Langlands Park this afternoon.
The Northern Pride custodian had a hand in everything, having provided his invaluable Intrust Super Cup experience in the annual interstate clash.
The game started with both sides locked in a proverbial arm wrestle.
There was punishing defence early on, in particular from the New South Wales pack, led by props captain Matt Jurd and Matt Sheppard, who were outstanding in a losing side.
Queensland were first to put points on the board though in the 18th minute, through a drop ball mistake by New South Wales 10 metres out.
This then saw the Maroons swing the ball wide to winger Jake Sparey to score the first of his double for the afternoon.
A wayward cut out pass by New South Wales would have the Blues pay dearly, with Queensland centre Sam Collins taking a brilliant intercept in the 32nd minute, pinning the ears back to score under the posts, ending the run of points in the first half.