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
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
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
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
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