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Brisbane City take the glory over QLD Country

Brisbane City take the glory over QLD Country

Another NRC game that had the potential to impacted by rain as the Wests Rugby Union club hosted the Andy Purcell Cup battle between Brisbane City and QLD Country.

First Half:

Brisbane City had all the territory and possession early thanks to repeat penalties. When they opted for a scrum and Quade Cooper wrapped around Tautalatasi Tasi there was space outside for Jaye Thompson to basically fall over the try line but he dropped it cold.

The early scrum battle was monumental early on as Queensland Country stepped it up a gear from previous weeks as they’d struggled at the set piece against previous opponents.  Clean scrums were few an far between in the first quarter as both teams fought for the upper hand.

Karmichael Hunt was a standout in defence for Brisbane City in the early stages as he made numerous big hits in the front line.  However it was Queensland Country who got the first points as Filipo Daugunu found space down a wide blind outside of Scott Gale before linking with Hamish Stewart who finished well to score under the posts. 7-0 QLD Country

It didn’t take long for the slickers to bounce back though, and it was Stewart’s opposite number in Quade Cooper that sparked it. First he ignited a counter attack from the back that gave the territory and then, while playing with advantage, he took on the line and off-loaded delightfully to Hunt who passed to skipper Adam Korczyk to dive over for the try. 7-5 QLD Country.

Brisbane City were definitely playing with an extra layer of aggression and intensity as some of their older heads looked to get the upper hand on their younger opponents.

That intensity meant the defence was difficult to breach and it ultimately led to Country going back to basics and relying on their rolling maul from a lineout after a series of penalties.  Brisbane City actually defused the threats effectively until hooker Effi Ma’afu found the line threw a clutch of tackles. 12-5 QLD Country.

It opened up though soon after as Duncan Paia’aua found space out wide before kicking ahead for Jock Campbell to collect and push the line.  Matt Gicquel made the try saver and soon they were up the other end attacking with Con Foley making good ground.  Hamish Stewart was yellow carded for diving over the ball and City were able to take advantage of the numerical advantage with Foley deservedly collecting a try through a shear weight of numbers. 12-All

The tightness of the encounter saw City opt for a penalty shot at goal with five minutes to go.  The shot was true and City grabbed the lead for the first time of the match. 15-12 Brisbane City.

With Paia’aua putting the kick-off out on the full, Brisbane ramped up the pressure on the scrum and looked to have gained the penalty. Instead Cooper wanted it quick and let go a delightful backhand offload to Tasi who drew the passed to Foley to drop the pass with the line open.  They refused to drop their heads though as they retained possession and swept the ball across the other side of the field where Hunt looked to have forced his way over, only to be taken down early. But Matt Gordon would not be denied and Brisbane scored a crucial try in the shadows of half time and to further punish Stewart’s ill-discipline. 22-12 Brisbane City.

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Hamish Stewart scores early for QLD Country

Second Half:

QLD Country scored a crucial try at the start of the 2nd half to give them some hope of a comeback. Tom Lucas, fresh on the field as a half time replacement, was the recipient amongst a cluster of bodies. QLD Country 22-17

However Brisbane were sparked by a sniping run by Scott Gale and some more flair by Cooper to work their way back down the field and again put the pressure on Country.  With Daungunu pulling down Thompson when he looked like he was away, lock forward Nathan Den Hoedt picked and drove to snag the five points. 29-17 Brisbane City.

Stewart showed a little of his own class in backing up a Jordan Petaia half break and off-load before the Country flyhalf passed smartly back inside to Tate McDermott to score and edge the gap a little closer. 29-24 Brisbane City.

Jaye Thompson looked to have scored an incredible try off the pack of a couple of soft Ruan Smith and Fraser McReight passes. Thompson flew threw the air to dive for the corner however was ruled to have gone out in touch. It deserved more such was the skill involved but was not to be.

It was proving tough for QLD Country to get out of their own half such was the dominance of the City outfit. Unfortunately their discipline was also letting them down and any ground they made seemed quickly eradicated by a penalty or two. Quade then kicked his second of the match to take the lead out to more than a converted try from one such penalty.  32-24 Brisbane City.

The match looked sealed for Brisbane City when replacement hooker Sean Farrell drove over the line from the standard ‘penalty – lineout – maul’ three card trick.  Cooper nailed it from outwide and it was all Brisbane City.  39-24 Brisbane City.

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Chris Feauai-Sautia’s return to rugby was overshadowed by the game of opposite number Tautalatasi Tasi

Wash up:

It was the experienced men of Brisbane City who saw them home today. Quade and KArmichael in the backs, with support of Matt Gordon and Con Foley, and the muscle of the Smith twins up front was all the difference. Hamish Stewart and Tate McDermott were good for Country but they needed more from their centres Paia’aua and Chris Feauai-Sautia. Losing James Slipper in the first half did not help either. The win sees Brisbane retain the Andy Purcell Cup and jump into the top four (at least for the time being) for the first time this season.  Brisbane next travel to Camden to take on NSW Country Eagles while QLD Country head back home to Bond Uni to host Sydney Rays.

The Game Changer

The Hamish Stewart yellow card swung all momentum Brisbane City’s way and led to a 17 point run by Brisbane City.

The GAGR MOTM

Karmichael Hunt’s defense was sensational this game, particuarly early on, but it was Quade Cooper’s game management that was the key today. Superb skills, for sure, but the cool head through out was game making.

Rising Star Watch

The experienced Matt Gordon is yet to really get a decent Super Rugby run yet showed his ruggedness today. Young flanker Matt Gicquel was very busy while centre Tautalatasi Tasi had his moments as well.

The Details

Brisbane City 39

Tries: Adam Korczyk, Matt Gordon, Con Foley, Nathan Den Hoedt, Sean Farrell

Cons: Quade Cooper 4

PG: Quade Cooper 2

Cards: Nil

QLD Country 24

Tries: Hamish Stewart, Effi Ma’afu, Tom Lucas, Tate McDermott.

Cons: Hamish Stewart 2

PG: Nil

Cards: Hamish Stewart (’32)

Match Highlights:

  • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

    Thanks for the wrap up, Reg.

    Personally, I thought that this was the best NRC match I’ve had a chance to watch this year, and certainly much more enjoyable than most of the Wallabies’ tests recently! It really showed what the NRC could become.

    Good choice regarding Quade as man of the match too. Dave Wessels down at the Force would have been smiling, as Quade really did show it all today.

    • GO THE Q REDS

      You should watch the Drua demolishing City game. Probably one of the most amazing shows of talent where Everything just sticks. Unbelievable display.

  • Bobas

    Reg, you say Hamish Stewart finished well, but this glosses over the superior closing skills that Cooper showed today, constantly turning the other team around in the final minutes with his tactical kicking.

    • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

      Stewart kicked very big, and well enough, but the problem was most of his kicking was reactive. Cooper was the one kicking actively, with intention and ambition, forcing Stewart to kick it back. Thus, he tended to win the duels.

      Also, whether because of Quade’s accuracy or Stewart’s inexperience – Quade managed to find the grass almost every time.

      • laurence king

        I’ve got an idea for the Wallabies:
        1. Remove current coach
        2. Send Foley and Beale back to NRC
        3. Pick Quade and Stewart
        4. Quade can then show Stewart how to control a game.
        I’d like to see it.
        And Stewart can tackle.

    • RugbyReg

      sorry seriously?

      I said Stewart finished the try well.

      • GO THE Q REDS

        One thing I think you failed to mention that I thought deserved mention in Stewart’s game was his kicking. His exit kicks were very good all night and field kicks almost as good. Bar one medium difficulty miss at the sticks and a few last moments in the game stuffups, his kicking was excellent. Too bad he reverted to what I simply can’t believe his coaches aren’t pummeling out of him. . .and that’s thinking he is some sort of hybrid 10/7 fetcher who just has to dive into rucks at will rather than defending in the line.

        • RugbyReg

          he’s been getting coaching from Dave Aldred

      • Bobas

        Woops, sorry. I thought this was a team of the week article. ;)

  • jamie

    I know the quality of the opposition is hugely different, but the 10 for the City vs the 10 for the Wallabies last night… hmm..

    • Greg

      Even if Cooper never plays for the wobs again…. it will be great to have him share his experience at the Rebels (hope that comes off).

      Yes he is hot and cold…. but still much to offer.

      • GO THE Q REDS

        Yes but QUADE Coopers “cold” is what most other average 10s perform at best.

        • laurence king

          I think that the only side that has had Quade’s measure would be the All Blacks and that’s because he had that brain fade and blasphemed against NZs Holy Icon Richie, having the whole nation of animal lovers constantly mocking his every touch sort of unnerved him. I think he’s matured to the degree that he wouldn’t be worried about that now. I’d have him in the Wallaby 10 role in a heartbeat.

        • GO THE Q REDS

          Exactly. .. ..and let’s not forget they are EVERYONES nemesis. No one has had the ABs measure, including Quade. He just cops it more than others because he’s so good that people unwittingly expect a very high standard from him.

    • Bernie Chan

      It must be a exit strategy for the Wallas, as why else do they repeatedly try to run the ball out of their 22 or kick short bombs instead of kicking long…for that the blame rests with the coaches…? Beale was poor though, and yet Cheika says he recovered well after the early intercept try…

  • Greg

    I think you are being a bit harsh saying things like that. I mean, just because it is true… sob, sob….

  • Brisneyland Local

    Ladies and Gents. Well that was an exciting game. Unlike the absolute crapola that the Wallabies demonstrated last night.
    I think we see a lot of things out of this game.
    – There is a 10 that knows his game, how to orchestrate, how to attack and how to put the ball in space.
    – I think stewart has some potential, with the right mentoring he will get there.
    – The Smith Brothers are great. when are they eligable?
    – Speciak K looked great in D. and was really call the back line well in defence. I reckon if you got him on a bargain basement contract with strict conditions, he would definitely be worth the effort.
    – Unlike the Wallabies game, I really enjoyed this.

    • GO THE Q REDS

      100% agree!!!

      • Brisneyland Local

        Thanks mate, I am still awaiting the match report? I really hope some one has written one and they just havnt posted it.
        Mind you they did tis the other week and never posted it. So slack ;-)

        • Who?

          Just keep pacing it back while you wait… I’ll hold the gate open for the LOOOOOONG run up! :-)

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yep It is going to be ugly.

    • Andy

      I thought Stuart looked very good BLL. Definitely improved on last year. And he has some gas when he wants to run it.

      Hopefully the reds give him a decent run next season

      • Brisneyland Local

        It depends if he has drunk the cool aid.

    • Gallagher

      I wonder where Stewart could get some mentoring from? If the whispers are true it ain’t Quade now, you can thank Thorn for that Stewart, good luck, maybe the new attack coach will help next year, so your promising career doesn’t fizzle.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Welll at least they have bought ina a half decent attack coach

    • onlinesideline

      Mate agree re Special K – hes only 31, he’s a absolute steal at the moment. Only PC on steroids is stopping ppl making a bid. Utter stupidity.

      • Brisneyland Local

        OLSL gauranteed he wont be in LQD. Yep Tahs or brumbies.

  • onlinesideline

    oyyyyy what are you doing agreeing wth that Hoss ? – ehhhhhh ? lol

  • Red Block

    Apparently after Jim McKay was appointed as the new attack coach, he walked into Ballymore and said, “Hey all, great to be back. Where’s Quade?”
    Followed by the sounds of crickets chirping!

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