Round 8 - Home
McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City have been defeated by the Greater Sydney Rams 31-19 in Round 8 of the National Rugby Championship at Ballymore Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
City led 19-0 in the 35th minute but surrendered a try on the stroke of half time before a scoreless second half by the home side saw the Rams run away with the win.
Brisbane City’s finals hopes are still alive but next weekend’s match against the New South Wales Country Eagles now becomes a must win.
“They managed the conditions a lot better than us in the second half, and we played into their hands by trying to play too much rugby in our own area," Brisbane City head coach Mick Heenan said
“We made too many mistakes and the Rams capitalised.
“This week we’ve got to show up with an aggressive mind set, everything we do has to be done with aggression next week and if we do that we’ll give ourselves a chance,” Heenan said.
First half - scoring plays
3MIN: Riley opens the scoring, going over untouched after a switch play from Cooper, who then converts the try. City lead 7-0.
10MIN: TRY TIME. Fidow finishes off a nice move started by Strachan, who converts from the sideline to extend City's lead 14-0.
35MIN: Kuridrani is OVER. Conversion no good. City lead 19-0.
38MIN: Rams hit back through Hall. Mason adds the extras, City still lead 19-7
Photos by Sportography.
Second half - scoring plays
52MIN: Rams score the first points of the second half, with Tuisue crossing off the back of a maul. Mason adds the extras, but City still lead 19-14.
54MIN: City penalised for offside and Rams opt for a shot at goal. Mason nails the penalty goal and Rams trail 19-17.
65MIN: Rams take the lead with a counter-attacking try to Holloway. Mason adds the extras and Rams lead 24-19.
73MIN: Holloway scores his second, off the back of a 5m scrum, to extend his side's lead. Mason adds the extras. Rams lead 31-19.
McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City 19 (Dylan Riley, Ed Fidow tries; Quade Cooper 1, Jake Strachan 2 conversions) defeated by Greater Sydney Rams 31 (Adrian Hall, Albert Tuisue, Jed Holloway 2 tries; Mack Mason 4 conversions; Mason 1 penalty goal) at Ballymore Stadium on Saturday 21 October 2017.
Photos by Sportography.
MCINNES WILSON LAWYERS BRISBANE CITY
1. Feao Fotuaika – Sunnybank
2. Andrew Ready – Reds Easts
3. Sam Talakai – Reds/Brothers
4. Dan Gorman – GPS
5. Kane Douglas – Reds/Norths
6. Jeremiah Lynch - Wests (Brisbane City run-on debut)
7. Michael Gunn – Reds/Easts
8. Michael Richards – GPS
9. Nick Frisby – Reds/GPS
10. Quade Cooper – Reds/Souths
11. Ed Fidow – Wests
12. Karmichael Hunt – Reds/Norths
13. Dylan Riley – Bond University
14. Chris Kuridrani – Reds/GPS
15. Jake Strachan – Sunnybank
16. Ryan Freney – GPS
17. Markus Vanzati – Reds/Souths
18. Salesi Manu – Bond University
19. Tevita Ratuva – Wests (Potential NRC debut)
20. Pat Morrey – University of Queensland
21. Jack de Guingand – University of Queensland
22. Moses Sorovi – Reds/University of Queensland
23. Jayden Ngamanu – Reds/Souths
GREATER SYDNEY RAMS
1. Jed Gillespie
2. Andrew Tuala
3. Robert Lagudi
4. Albert Tuisue
5. Adrian Hall
6. Kelly Meafua
7. David Hickey
8. Jed Holloway
10. Mack Mason
11. Taqele Naiyaravoro
12. Kevin Fuavao
13. Dennis Pili-Gaitau
14. Benjamin Cotton
15. Cameron Bailey
16. Ed Craig
17. Conor Young
18. Fergus Lee-Warner
19. Kotoni Ale
20. Daniel Calavassy
21. Jai Ayoub
22. Stuart Dunbar