USQ celebrates its successful day at USQ Rugby Oval last Saturday after notching three wins in the 2018 Emilee Cherry Cup.
USQ celebrates its successful day at USQ Rugby Oval last Saturday after notching three wins in the 2018 Emilee Cherry Cup. GLEN McCULLOUGH

Codettes, Bears setting cup pace

CONDAMINE Codettes and Toowoomba Bears are setting the competition pace after the two opening week's of the inaugural Emilee Cherry Cup.

Both teams have dropped just one match in the opening six rounds of the 2018 Downs Rugby women's sevens premiership.

Breathing down their necks are USQ and Warwick in equal third spot while UQ Gatton rounds out the top five.

Condamine racked up weekend wins over Dalby (27-5) and home team Warwick (22-10) at Risdon Oval on Saturday while Bears remained undefeated in their three matches.

Bears downed Warwick 21-12 and Dalby 26-10.

Bears perfect day included a thrilling 29-26 victory over Condamine which reversed their 27-5 loss to the Codettes during week one of the season.

USQ kick started an undefeated day for the Saints club with a hat-trick of home wins.

Uni didn't concede a point on its way to wins over UQ Gatton 27-0, Goondiwindi 38-0 and Toowoomba Rangers 34-0.

The senior Saints later completed an undefeated afternoon against Rangers to help mark the club's Risdon Cup 50th anniversary weekend celebrations.

Newcomers Toowoomba Rangers also grabbed their first women's sevens victory after forming this year with a 12-10 win over Goondiwindi.

Downs Rugby general manager Mitch Simpson said feedback from the start of this season's competition is positive.

"We've expanded this year with Rangers coming into the competition and the draw is more balanced,” Simpson said.

"We are starting to see the fruits of our labour from previous development programs and with a lot of new faces coming in the Emilee Cherry Cup is beginning to shape well.

"It has quite a competitive look about it and the standard can be expected to improve as the season progresses.”

The Emilee Cherry Cup goes into recess until June 2 when competition resumes with matches at USQ Rugby Oval and Riddles Oval.



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