RD 1: BRISBANE CITY 45 - FIJIAN DRUA 36 Ballymore Stadium | Saturday 2nd September | Kick Off 3:00pm

ROUND 1 - HOME

McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City 45 - Fijian Drua 36

McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City have opened the 2017 National Rugby Championship season with a 45-36 win over competition newcomers Fijian Drua on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Ballymore Stadium.

Wests winger and former Samoan Sevens representative Ed Fidow was outstanding in his NRC debut, scoring a hat-trick for

City outscored the Drua seven tries to six and led from the 25th minute onwards, but a haul of four tries to the Drua in the final 20 minutes made for a tight finish.

“When we were patient with the ball and controlled it well we got reward. When we got a bit loose and made some mistakes, Fiji were able to capitalise. It’s hard to know what to take out of it for the first game, but we’ve got that one under the belt now so that’s positive.” - City head coach Mick Heenan

First half - scoring plays

3 MIN: TRY TIME Andrew Ready off the back of a 5m rolling maul. Conversion no good. City lead 5-0.

11 MIN: Fijian Drua tie it up with a chip and regather to Nacebe. 5-5.

13 MIN: Lovely try to City winger Fidow with a 40m dart down the sideline. Cooper adds the conversion. City lead 12-5.

19 MIN: Drua hit back with another try to Nacebe. Douglas adds the conversion. 12-12.

25 MIN: City hit back with a try to L. Tui following a short ball from Cooper after 9 phases of attack. Cooper adds the conversion. City lead 19-12.

33 MIN: Fidow gets his second try with a blindside dart after a rolling maul. Good vision from Sorovi to send the pass. Cooper kicks the conversion. City 26-12.

39 MIN: Gunn crosses for City off the back of a rolling maul. Alatimu adds the extras. City lead 33-12 at half time.

HALF TIME City lead 33-12

Photo credit: Karen Cutler - Sportography

Second half - scoring plays

61 MIN: Kerevi grabs an intercept and crosses over. Coopers adds the extras and City lead 40-12.

68 MIN: Try to Drua's Voka. Conversion no good. City lead 40-17.

70 MIN: Sau crosses under the posts, Kini adds the extras. City lead 40-24.

75 MIN: Fidow notches his hat-trick. Conversion no good. City lead 45-24.

77 MIN: Cavuilti crosses for Drua. Nacebe adds the extras. City lead 45-33.

80 MIN: Late try to Drua's Reece. Conversion no good. City claim it 45-36.

FULL TIME City 45-36

McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City 45 (Andrew Ready, Ed Fidow 3, Lukhan Tui, Michael Gunn, Samu Kerevi tries; Quade Cooper 4, AJ Alatimu conversions) defeated Fijian Drua 36 (Peceli Nacebe 2, Mosese Voka, Eroni Sau, Seru Cavuilati, Cyril Reece tries; Kini Douglas 2, Nacebe 1 conversion) at Ballymore Stadium on Saturday 2 September 2017.

National Rugby Championship debutants: Reece Hewat, Lachlan Maranta, Ed Fidow.

Brisbane City debutants: Laione Mulikihaamea, AJ Alatimu, Pat Morrey, Maaloga Konelio, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa.

Photo credit: Karen Cutler - Sportography

MCINNES WILSON LAWYERS BRISBANE CITY

STARTING XV

1. Laione Mulikihaamea – GPS (Brisbane City debut)

2. Andrew Ready (C) – Reds/Easts

3. Sam Talakai – Reds/Brothers

4. Kane Douglas – Reds/Norths

5. Lukhan Tui – Reds/Souths

6. Adam Korcyzk – Reds/University of Queensland

7. Michael Gunn – Reds/Easts

8. Reece Hewat – Reds/Norths (NRC debut)

9. Moses Sorovi - University of Queensland

10. Quade Cooper – Reds/Souths

11. Lachlan Maranta – Reds/Wests (NRC debut)

12. AJ Alatimu – GPS (Brisbane City debut)

13. Samu Kerevi – Reds/Souths

14. Ed Fidow – Wests (NRC debut)

15. Jayden Ngamanu – Reds/Souths

RESERVES

16. Maile Ngauamo – Souths (Potential Brisbane City debut)

17. Markus Vanzati – Reds/Souths

18. Feao Fotuaika – Sunnybank

19. Dan Gorman – GPS

20. Pat Morrey – University of Queensland (Potential Brisbane City debut)

21. Issak Fines-Leleiwasa - Sunnybank (Potential Brisbane City debut)

22. Henry Taefu – Reds/Sunnybank

23. Maaloga Konelio – GPS (Potential Brisbane City debut)

FIJIAN DRUA

STARTING XV

1. Joeli Veitayaki

2. Samu Suguturaga

3. Kalivati Tawake

4. Peni Naulago

5. Apisai Tauyavuca

6. Vasikali Mudu

7. Mosese Voka

8. Sakiusa Nadruku

9. Frank Lomani

10. Peceli Nacebe

11. Apete Daveta

12. Eroni Vasiteri

13. John Stewart

14. Aporosa Tabulawaki

15. Apisalome Waqatabu

RESERVES

16. Ratunaisa Nauma

17. Eroni Mawi

18. Mosese Ducivaki

19. Samu Saqiwa

20. Peni Raidre

21. Seru Cavuilati

22. Kini Douglas

23. Cyril Reece

NEXT GAME

The original City v Country clash is back and better than ever. Held at Noosa Dolphins RFC, this mate-v-mate match up is going to be the real test of Queensland Rugby. Kick off is at 1:00pm on Saturday the 9th of September. Entry to this match is free.

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