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GPS have the muscle to break title drought


TITLE-STARVED GPS will be shooting for the club’s first premiership in 22 years in Sunday’s grand final at Ballymore after their eight-try demolition of Easts.Eight other clubs have held aloft the Hospital Cup since Wallaby Daniel Herbert and the bold GPS outfit of 1996 were good enough to reach club rugby’s summit.Shrewd general and halfback James Tuttle maximised the authority of the GPS pack in the commanding 52-14 statement against Easts.It will be the same formula to knock off Uni although GPS may be without key Reds prop JP Smith, who lasted just 18 minutes with a suspected cheekbone fracture after an accidental head clash with teammate Dan Gorman.Standout lock Mitch King, 27, was emblematic of the GPS dominance up front, scoring a hat-trick of tries with excellent close-to-the-line forward skills.Tuttle set the tone after just seven minutes as the opportunist target at the front of the lineout for thrower Ryan Freney. Tuttle dummied over from 25m and the unscripted lineout play worked a second time late in the game.At 19-7 down, the Tigers were still in the hunt but never again because they conceded a 19-0 run with key Reds flanker Liam Wright in the sin bin either side of halftime for a professional foul.“Playing for each other not for ourselves has been the big message of this season,” King said.“That first 15 minutes against Uni is crucial to set our tone for the grand final because you don’t want to be chasing them.”

GPS 52 (M King 3, J Tuttle 2, D Tevita, J Collins, E Strauss tries; J Tuttle 6 cons) EASTS 14 (S Richards, C Ozanne tries; K Sefton 2 con).LIVE Stream the 2018 Bledisloe Cup on FOX SPORTS. Every game LIVE with no ad-breaks during play! SIGN UP NOW >


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