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The Horan-Little Shield goes north

The Horan-Little Shield goes north

With a solid performance Brisbane City beats the Melbourne Rising and for the first time the Little-Horan Shield changes hands.

The Match

In a typical four seasons in two hours Melbourne day, the game was played on the training ground of the Rising, home of the Harlequin Rugby Club.
The hosts were quick off the blocks but the visitors re-composed themselves after the first twenty minutes.  Brisbane City outscored the Rising in the second half to register a well deserved 45-21 win.

First half

In front a small but faithful home crowd the Rising went on the attack in the first minutes of the game.
After 9 minutes Jack Debreczei was over the chalk for the first deserved try of the match. Debreczei was served by a deft offload from debutant Justin Masters.  The Rebels’ flyhalf converted his own try to make the score 8-0 home to the Rising.

A dominant push drive after a lineout at City’s 5 meter saw Scott Fluglistaller score the second try of the match at the 18th minute.  Debreczeni’s conversion increased the score to 16 – 0 to Rising.

The visitors regained some confidence, thanks to a well-constructed try by Waitu Setu at the 26th minute. At this point, the momentum started to shift towards Brisbane City. City’s scrum began to dominate Rising’s and referee Gardner had to penalise the home team on several occasions.

Brisbane City scrum was dominant in the first half

NRC - Brisbane City - Melbourne Rising - scrum

Deep in their own half, the Rising were tested by their opponents on several occasions.  They were able to resist the repeated attacks with courage and determination.  With one minute to go, the repeated scrum infringements cost Mike Tyler ten minutes in the sin bin.

Captain Fluglistaller was forced out of the field to allow the next scrum to happen, but the seven man Rising overpowered the full City scrum to close the first half 16-5 up.

Second half

Brisbane City entered the second stanza determined to make the numerical advantage count. And so it was.
After only 3 minutes full back Laloifi blitzed over the line for the second try for City.  On this occasion the Reds’ youngster McIntyre was able to convert.  Scores 16 – 13 Rising.

With one man down, the Rising defense was not able to contain the visitors’ repeated attacks.  Former Rising and Rebel Cadeyrn Neville went over the chalk only three minutes apart from his teammate.  Another pinpoint kick from McIntyre saw the visitors hit the lead 20 – 16.

At the 50th minute mark City score their fourth try, the third in 10 minutes.  Prop Talakai was quick to convert after a nice movement from a lineout.  This move was set up from another pinpoint kick from McIntyre deep in the Rising’s 22.  Another conversion from McIntyre increased the lead to City 29 – 16 with half an hour to go.

A clear take at the lienout for Brisbane City

NRC - Melbourne Rising - Brisbane City - Lineout

Despite a number of rising personnel changes, they were not able to convert ball and territory dominance into points.  Both teams were hindered by the elements with the ball transformed into a soap bar.

With 10 minutes to go, the Rising gave the home crowd erupted when exciting replacement Vilitali went over for a try. A not so switched on Debreczeni missed the conversion, giving City a 29 0 21 lead.

With the Horan-Little Shield on the line, the home team played gallantly forward, but left too much space in the back for the visitors to increase their lead behind reach.

First Kerevi than Smith crossed for two late tries which left the final score 45 – 21 to Brisbane City.

Nick Frisby received the Horan-Little Shield

NRC - Brisbane City - Horan-Little Shield - Frisby

The Game Changer

The talk that Nick Stiles gave his players in the changing room at halftime was definitely a good one. The citizens came back on the field with much more determination than in the first half and turned the game around.
Laloifi’s try after only 3 minutes into the second half set the pace for a 10 minutes three tries period that gained the Horan-Little Shield to the blue and gold.


Former Rebel Cadeyrn Neville starred in the City team. The lock combined well with his former Melbourne captain Scott Higginbotham and produced some good movements at the lineout.
His work at the breakdown was instrumental to contain the quick home team’s back row.

Oz Baabaa Watch

The Rising had several players coming from the local competition and some of them they are capable of higher honours.   Melbourne Uni’s Stacey Ili had a good first half on the left wing.  Felipe Vilitali has demonstrated how the Box Hill Island Breeze programme is capable to produce talent.
For City, Waita Setu and Junior Laloifi flew the Queensland Premier Rugby flag with great pride.

Man of the match – Cadeyrn Neville

NRC - Brisbane City - Neville

The Details

Score & Scorers

Rising  21  (16)
Tries: Jack Debreczeni 9′, Scott Fluglistaller 18′, Felipe Vilitali 70′
Conversions: Jack Debreczeni 2/3

Brisbane City 45  (5)
Tries: Waita Setu 26′, Junior Laloifi 43′, Cadeyrn Neville 46′, Sam Talakai 50′, Samu Kerevi 76′, Tim Smith 79′
Conversion: Jake McIntyre 5/6

Cards & citings

Yellow Card: Mike Tyler (Rising): repeated infringements at scrum


Approx. 500


  • Gottsy

    Thanks for the write up Diego, i’m relying on gagr to keep me updated here in the UK.
    City are looking the goods by the sounds of things, here’s hoping that the reds can benefit from it.
    Loving the nrc, just need the crowds to get a bit healthier!

    • MM

      Yeah, just wait untill Richard Graham gets his hands on those players. That’ll fix ‘em.

      • Gottsy

        I bet he can’t wait to bring them back down to earth haha

  • oztimmay

    Great write-up 22M.

    One player that I think did exceptionally well was Justin Masters. On his rising debut, he cause havoc out on the win in the first half. A player to watch for the future.

    The sin-bin of Mike Tyler was unfortunate as I saw the Brisbane City props drop down on many occasions. Problem once Angus Gardiner gets a opinion about a team then they are stuffed.

  • Cpt crow eater

    Having watched a replay of the Perth – Brisbane game last night, man, Junior Laloifi is bloody quick!

    Can anyone tell me about the ground?

    Is it in the sticks and may cause smaller crowds?? Does it have an elevated stand to view the game?

    We need a ballymore in every state!

    • jamie

      It’s a local club ground about 20-25 min from the CBD on the east side. Lots of rugby supporters in Melbourne are western and northern suburbs.

      • Axemen

        I think the miserable weather conditions played a huge part in the crowd – and the weather prediction was actually supposed to be for worse weather than we got. I think to charge $15 was a bit rough for a venue that is standard club rugby and everyone standing around the field with no seating.
        Don’t get what you mean by the west/north haver rugby supporters – there are more clubs in the South-East of Melbourne.

  • Wrestle

    I actually thought Brisbane City scrum was actually very dominant. Chubb isn’t a THP hasn’t played there for a number of years and got away with a lot.
    Talakai was giving both Sa’aga and Tyler a lot of trouble and was by far the best prop on the field.

  • Who?

    Well done City!
    Now… The Horan-Little Shield MUST – must must must must MUST – be put on the line in their next game! City vs Country in the home of both Horan and Little?! In front of what should be a healthy crowd? Come on City and QRU – you’ve got to do it!!!

  • Bobas

    Crowd of 500… I wonder how many are going to Morwell

  • GoMelbRebels

    Without a lot of Rebels players the Rising are not as strong this year – and I think that’s ultimately a good thing for development of local talent. Last year it was great to get all those wins, but did it do any good for the game down here?

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