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ROUND 3

Brisbane City claim 42-40 win over the Canberra Vikings at UQ.

McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City have defeated the Canberra Vikings 42-40 in their Round 3 National Rugby Championship clash at the University of Queensland on Sunday afternoon.

UQ played NRC host for the first time as Brisbane City and the Canberra Vikings crossed for six tries apiece.

The home side led 28-20 at half time but in the end it was Quade Cooper’s perfect six-from-six performance with the boot that saw City hold to a two-point win.

“We were up against a really good side who were previously undefeated and we showed glimpses of our potential today," Brisbane City head coach Mick Heenan said.

“I was happy with how some of the club blokes went. Tonga Ma’afu, Michael Richards and Dylan Riley were all in the starting 15 for the first time and they were excellent."

FIRST-HALF Scoring plays

5MIN | The Canberra Vikings opened the scoring when winger Ben Johnson dived over in the corner, 7-0.

15MIN |Brisbane City levelled the scores at the 15-minute mark when Lukhan Tui barrelled his way over from close range.

19MIN | Four minutes later the home side hit the lead when AJ Alatimu went through untouched to score next to the uprights, 14-7.

23MIN | Norths prop Ma’afu made his run-on debut at loosehead and found the try line to extend City’s lead.

30MIN | The Vikings re-levelled the scores with 10 minutes remaining in the first half when Tom Banks dotted down for the Viking’s third, 21-21.

40MIN | Brisbane City Number 8 Michael Richards crossed for a try on the stroke of half time to give City a 28-21 lead at the break.

SECOND-HALF Scoring plays

44MIN | Banks crossed for his second try four minutes into the second stanza to lock the scores up at 28-all.

47MIN | Ed Fidow raced 80m down the touchline and popped the ball back inside for Alatimu to pinch his double and a seven-point lead for City.

53MIN | The Vikings reduced City’s lead to two points when scrumhalf Joe Powell dotted down.

63MIN | City extended their lead with 17 minutes remaining through a rolling maul try to captain Andrew Ready.

78MIN | City spent the final 10 minutes defending their own try line before Dargaville finally broke through to cut City’s lead to two points, 42-40.

MCINNES WILSON LAWYERS BRISBANE CITY

STARTING XV

1. Tonga Ma’afu – Norths (Brisbane City run-on debut)

2. Andrew Ready (C) – Reds/Easts

3. Sam Talakai – Reds/Brothers

4. Lukhan Tui – Reds/Souths

5. Kane Douglas – Reds/Norths

6. Pat Morrey – University of Queensland

7. Michael Gunn – Reds/Easts

8. Michael Richards – GPS (Brisbane City run-on debut)

9. Moses Sorovi – Reds/University of Queensland

10. Quade Cooper – Reds/Souths

11. Ed Fidow – Wests

12. AJ Alatimu – GPS

13. Chris Kuridrani – Reds/GPS

14. Dylan Riley – Bond University (NRC debut)

15. Jayden Ngamanu – Reds/Souths

RESERVES

16. Maile Ngauamo – Souths

17. Markus Vanzati – Reds/Souths

18. Feao Fotuaika – Sunnybank

19. Jeremiah Lynch – Wests

20. Reece Hewat – Reds/Norths

21. Issak Fines-Leleiwasa – Sunnybank

22. Alex Horan – University of Queensland

23. Junior Laloifi – Sunnybank

MATCH INFORMATION

canberra vikings

STARTING XV

1. Harry Lloyd

2. Robbie Abel

3. Les Leuluailii-Makin

4. Darcy Swain

5. Sam Carter

6. Ben Hyne

7. Tom Cusack (c)

8. Rob Valetini

9. Ryan Lonergan

10. Wharenui Hawera

11. Ben Johnston

12. James Dargaville

13. Andrew Robinson

14. Andrew Muirhead

15. Tom Banks

RESERVES

16. Folau Faingaa

17. Faalelei Sione

18. Joel Penders

19. Angus Allen

20. Lolo Faka’osilea

21. Pedro Rolando

22. Liam Moseley

23. Len Ikitau

NEXT WEEK - ROUND 4

McINNES WILSON LAYWERS BRISBANE CITY

BYE

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