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Brisbane City Pip Melbourne Rising At The Post

Brisbane City Pip Melbourne Rising At The Post

Melbourne Rising and Brisbane City travel to Adelaide to spread the good word of NRC to South Australians.

I once had an employee who called in sick… from Adelaide. I always thought if you were actually sick you were either home or at least close to home. Turns out, Adelaide IS home when it comes to Melbourne Rising, for this fixture is technically Melbourne’s home game. Perth Spirit had played a few games in Adelaide in season one of the NRC in 2014, so it is good to see teams back in the south, battling it out.

Both teams were coming off big wins; the Rising over NSW Country Eagles and Brisbane City over Sydney Rays, however, these were their first wins, making this clash a must-win for both teams if they are to make the top four and finals.

THE MATCH

From the kick-off, Brisbane City pressured Rising’s line and looked strong in attack. A turnover to Rising saw Michael Ruru kick from his own 22, to find a chasing Billy Meakes who offloaded to Archie King who dotted it down under the crossbar and followed it up with a conversion.

A further try to Meakes saw Rising with a healthy 14-point start, but Brisbane hit back with a try to Con Foley off a splendid Quade Cooper pass.  Cooper’s conversion had the scoreline at 14-7, but Melbourne hit back with a try to Sione Tuipulotu, taking the score to 21-7.

Melbourne was then made to defend their try line for the last ten minutes of the first half. An error by Billy Makes close to half-time where he thought time was up forced the Rising to defend some more and after multiple scrum and maul infringements, Rising’s Sakaria Noa was shown the yellow card. Despite this, Brisbane was unable to break the defences and the teams went into the sheds with the Rising leading 21-7.

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The second half started with Brisbane City on the attack and soon found themselves with seven points on the board, thanks to a try to Tautalatasi Tasi, converted by Cooper. A quick tap on a penalty saw Brisbane’s Jaye Thompson stroll over the Rising try line untouched. The conversion levelled the scored 21-all, however, the Melbourne lads hit back with a try to Michael Ruru with the conversion giving Rising a 7-point lead.

It didn’t last long with tries to Hunt and a second to Tasi giving City a 5-point lead. With 9 minutes left in the game, City chose to take a penalty kick (a rare sight in NRC) via the boot of Quade Cooper, which would have given City a 8-point lead… had he kicked it… which he didn’t. Scores remained at 28-33 in favour of the Queenslanders. R

ising had their chances in the last minutes, but the Brisbane scrum and defence, which was dominant all game, helped Brisbane to hold on and take the W.

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THE WRAP-UP

Melbourne Rising had their chances and a good first-half lead but didn’t have the muscle to stay in front for the full 80. Brisbane City goes home with 4 points and Rising go “home” with a consolation 1 losing bonus point. Unless they win their remaining 3 games with 3-try bonus points and other results go their way, it is unlikely Melbourne Rising will see finals action this NRC season.

The Game Changer

The last ten minutes of the first half when City was camped out on Rising’s line. It not only seemed to wear down Rising, but it also resulted in a yellow card. Brisbane dominated the entire second half and if not for some good defence by Melbourne, the score to Brisbane could have been a lot higher.

The G&GR MOTM

It has to go to Reds player, the team as a whole seemed to be more consistent around the park. Quade Cooper proved why he should be back in Super Rugby (and possibly the Wallabies) with good game control and pretty good place-kicking for the many sideline conversions. However, with two tries and almost a few more, I am given the gong to Tautalatasi Tasi. The Smith brothers Brisbane City front row also deserve special mention – huge!

Rising Star Watch

Many of the uncontracted players from both teams put their hands up today. Justin Masters had another solid game for the Rising, while Con Foley and Jaye Thompson had good runs for City. For being into everything in today’s game, though, Sam Wallis was the standout of the Brisbane City pack.


THE DETAILS

Score & Scorers

Melbourne Rising: 28(21)
Tries: King, Meakes,Tuipulotu, Ruru
Conversions: King (4/4)
Penalties: Nil
Brisbane City: 33(7)
Tries: Foley, Tasi (2), Thompson, Hunt
Conversions: Cooper (4/5)
Penalties: Cooper (0/1)

Cards & Citings

Noa (39″) – Multiple Infringements

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Teams

Melbourne Rising:

1. Fereti Sa’aga, 2. Anaru Rangi, 3. Jermaine Ainsley, 4. Rob Leota, 5. Esei Haangana, 6.Sakaria Noa, 7. Richard Hardwick, 8. Isi Naisarani, 9. Michael Ruru, 10. Archie King, 11. Tom English ©, 12. Billy Meakes, 13. Sione Tuipulotu, 14. Kiti Ratu, 15. Justin Masters

Replacements: 16. Andrew Tuala, 17. Mees Erasmus, 18. Lawries Weeks, 19. Will Clift, 20. Ikapote Tupai, 21. Harrison Goddard, 22. Kemu Valetini, 23.Sione Tui

Brisbane City:

1. JP Smith, 2. Moli Sooaemalelagi, 3. Ruan Smith, 4. Jale Vakaloma, 5. Nathan Den Hoedt, 6. Adam Korczyk (C), 7. Fraser McReight, 8. Sam Wallis, 9. Scott Gale, 10. Quade Cooper, 11. Jaye Thompson, 12. Matt Gordon, 13. Tautalatasi Tasi, 14. Con Foley, 15. Karmichael Hunt

Replacements: 16. Sean Farrell, 17. Josh Nasser, 18. Misioka Timotea, 19. Zachariah Moimoi, 20. Dillon Wihongi, 21. Matt Gicquel, 22. Moses Sorovi, 23. Will Eadie

  • Brumby Runner

    Quade’s vision and good game control were both on display today, but so was his less than satisfactory defense. I wouldn’t be looking for him to come into the Wallabies in that form, but I do lament that our inside backs just don’t have his game management skills. Maybe, with more game time, Toomua might bring a bit of that control and vision to the team. It has been sadly lacking the past 3 – 4 years.

    Anyone have the final penalty count? By my observation, the penalties were overwhelmingly in favour of Brisbane City. Some were iffy, and some obvious infringements (sealing off the ruck, not releasing when tackled) went unpunished. Thought the ref was very ordinary.

    As a game, it left a whole lot to be desired.

    • Gipetto

      Unlike the Wallabies, the Slickers scored a lot of tries. Toomua couldn’t get a run at #10 for the Brumbies.

      • Slim 293

        Er, Toomua was the Brumbies #10 from 2012 – 2015…

        • Gipetto

          I recall Christian Lealiifano played #10 in Toomua’s last days with the Brumbies, giving Mr. T. a chance to get concussion in the #12 jersey. I recall this because people on this site used to suggest many names as desirable replacements for Quade at #10. O’Connor, Hunt, Lealiifano, Toomua, Barnes and a host of other less skilled players who don’t look like a tattooed Maori with a mullet (at one time).

        • GO THE Q REDS

          And that’s the problem with smaller guys who try to be tacking machines knocking everyone out. Hamish Stewart had a terrible game yesterday. . .partly because he kept bouncing of far bigger guys and too often went diving back into the ruck trying to turn the ball over…. .. leaving the back line unattended, unorganized with the teams key pkaymaker tied up all the time. Just as well Duncan can carry him in the play making duties.

        • disqus_NMX

          Yeah the Qld Country centres have been playing very well, and in my opinion are making Steward appear to look better than he is. QC is miles ahead.

        • Slim 293

          That’s some word soup…

    • GO THE Q REDS

      See this is where I 100% disagree with comments about Quade Coopers defence. For starters he was actually pretty good for a small guy trying to stop a 120kg rhino that had ALLREADY beaten his team mates and had a head of steam up. All his nrc games to date he has had exceptional defence. But people say dont use Quade because his defence is poor.. .. .well NEWS FLASH.. ….Foley is just as poor if not worse. The difference is that Quade actually does what a 10 SHOULD. CREATE opportunities. Perfect egs are Barret and McKenzie. .. ….both have very poor defences statistically, but what they offer on attack demands their selection. That’s why I DEMAND QUADE Cooper be selected in my Wallaby squad every week.
      Oh and one more thing. …..if you demand that your 10 be a body on the line tackling turnover guru. …. ..then go sit in the bleaches with Brad Thorn and all the concussed try hard lightweight backs rugby union is flooded with.

      • Brumby Runner

        Didn’t know Tuipolutu was 120kg, but he ran straight over Quade to score a try. Very poor effort. Just as an example.

        • disqus_NMX

          Jeez, talk about some serious confirmation bias, there was no way that wasn’t going to be a try, with that much pace, that close to the line, that much space, and that much size (Tuipulotu is 104kg according to Wikipedia). It wasn’t the most amazing or dominate tackle, but he did tackle him. I’ve been completely impressed with QC’s defence in the NRC and playing for Souths this year. It looks to me like he has been working hard on this aspect, and has been defending in the line rather than moving to fullback. All you have to do is watch the highlights of every NRC/Super/Wallabies game this year and look at all the missed tackles to see that anyone that who is still picking on QC’s defence is suffering from confirmation bias.

        • Bernie Chan

          Unlikely any tackler would have stopped Tuipulotu in the circumstance…
          But I see Cheika has decided that QCs good things are only attacking plays…and our Wallas are such an attacking threat we don’t need a flyhalf who is creative…

        • Adrian

          The reality is that Cheika is now totally confused. Whether that is him, or caused by his assistants, the buck stops with him.
          Cheika used to always know that the line had to be broken one way or another to score tries. He used monsters taking the ball on the burst, passers, steppers and runners in his hey day with Tahs. He’s forgotten it all

        • Custard Taht

          Mate, Foley would have stopped him dead, picked him up and then sprinted 100m carrying Tuipulotu to score a try at the other end….he is that good.

        • GO THE Q REDS

          Hamish Stewart had TWO almost exact similar attempts with far less conviction in the tackle and less sucsess. Let’s see if that gets mentioned as a reason for a poor performance (one littered with errors and missed tackles I might add)
          I’m guessing he’ll get another honourable mention around here.. .

        • Brumby Runner

          GTQRs, let me reassure you that I have been a Quade fan and supporter over the years. Just as a reasonably unbiassed viewer of that game, I am not convinced I want him to get the Wallabies’ No 10 shirt based on his NRC performances.

          I will also reassure you that not in my wildest dreams would I consider Stewart to be anywhere near a test match standard player, and not in the same ball park as Quade. I don’t see the necessity for me to draw comparisons, because there is a huge gap in their respective abilities.

          I do think that defence is just as important as attacking flair for all players who make the Wallabies, and on that score I would personally prefer Matt Toomua to be our No 10 leading into the RWC. It will be interesting to see if Quade goes to the Rebels next year just how they operate together and to be able to make a direct assessment of their respective games, although I’m not sure for how many rounds of the Super season Toomua will be available.

        • GO THE Q REDS

          Yes I can tell you’ve been a fan of Cooper. … .but as far as I can see… .. the wallaby options should at LEAST have Quade in the squad. The other young guys like Stewart who strangely get praised without performance around here desperately need someone with his experience of WINNING as a wallaby. Not Foley who has stagnated attacking rugby in Aus for years now. And I’m not so sure about your comments on defensive 10s. ALL the best attacking 10s in world rugby are pretty poor defenders, Barrett, Sopoanga, Moanga,Mckensie……list goes on. .. .

      • Adrian

        All good points re QC Red

  • Perth girl

    What was the crowd like? Hope the SA rugby crowd turned up

    • Bobas

      nope, poor crowd. Melb rising home semi ground is now pencilled for UWA sports park

      • Kev

        There were a few hundred of us. While a bit less than most of the finals days, I think that the crowd was pretty good considering the early kick-off. That’s also partnered with the fact that unless you’re very hooked into the rugby scene here, there wasn’t a chance in hell you would’ve heard the game was on.

        • Bobas

          If the rising or the rebels actually tried to play a game at princes park where they got 25k for a women’s afl game, maybe i’d take their games away from aami park seriously.

      • disqus_NMX

        What? Why the fuck are Melb playiing a home game in Perth for???? Are the Western Force not enough for Perth now?

        • Brumby Runner

          Miss the irony/sarcasm D? I’m sure Bobas’ comment was meant to refer to the number of ex-Force players in the Rising squad and to their schedule this year to be playing anywhere but in Melbourne.

        • disqus_NMX

          Oh was it, ok my bad, lol.

  • Gallagher

    It’s quite simple – Who’s job is it to set the Attack? The number 10 – Who is the best at attack in the 10 jersey? Quade.

    So bring him in and hide or fix his secondary real or perceived flaws. I have only ever really heard two big complaints, his defence and his attitude.

    His defence – has been worked on and improved there’s no question. It is obvious through watching his games and looking at stats that this secondary reason for selecting/not selecting a player should not be used against him, as there aren’t many/any 10’s getting around that tackle far better than Quade.

    His attitude – has clearly been acceptable, to humble himself and ride out a season playing in club rugby and captain a side to success and really develop the young backline around him, shows he has the ability to run a quality backline. If that means he is given leeway to control and get the players around him working with his attacking plays, then that is what it takes, the coaches and players need to support him if they want success. I can tell you the Souths coach and the City coach this year havent not selected him due to attitude issues, or controlled his attacking nouse because they thought they new better on how to set and run an attack on the field on game day, and it has proven successful. Once again this secondary reason for selecting/not selecting a player should not be used against him, whether its a real reason or perceived.

    For instance you never saw Dan Carter dumped because he wasn’t the best place kicker, his job was to run the backline. The coach brings in a backup who can kick if required on a dud night for Carter. And from another angle, who cares if Tatafu Polota-Nau can scrum, tackle and attack the line like a raging bull with ball in hand, if he can’t throw in the lineout. You bring in another that can meet the main requirements of a hooker (scrum, lineout throws) and deal with the fact they might not quite be as good in other areas.

    Pick the best players in their positions for what they are there to do, and coach the rest. I look forward to seeing Foley playing off the bench in club rugby next year and Cooper taking the Wallabies to the World Cup championship!

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