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Rogers makes trouble-free return

12/09/2004 08:57:33 PM Comments (0)

Mat Rogers put his hand up for the Wallabies Spring tour with a trouble-free return from injury in club rugby union this weekend.

Rogers had no problems with his left ankle to last 80 minutes for Southern Districts on Saturday in a 35-13 loss to Sydney competition minor premiers Randwick.

The final round appearance in the Tooheys New Cup will be the 2003 World Cup fullback's only game time before November's four-Test tour of France and Britain.

He had a sound game in his first match in six months after ankle surgery, displaying some potency with the ball despite limited opportunities and a lack of match fitness.

Wallabies winger Lote Tuqiri played a lead hand in the centres for West Harbour, setting up two tries for the Pirates in their 34-21 win over third-placed Manly, who were well served by Test flanker George Smith.

Wests needed victory to stay alive in the competition but had their final five hopes snuffed out when Sydney University thumped Norths 81-24 to snare fifth spot.

Eastwood, well guided by NSW flyhalf Tim Donnelly, took second spot with a 34-5 defeat of fourth-placed Canberra.

Meantime, a Peter Hynes hat-trick booked University its first Brisbane club grand final berth in 14 years with a 44-30 win over Sunnybank.

Queensland Reds winger Hynes crossed for his three tries within the first 33 minutes of the entertaining 11-try preliminary final at Ballymore.

He could have had a fourth on the stroke of half-time but couldn't be found when looming near Wallabies tour hopeful Drew Mitchell when in the clear.

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