NRC 2015 round 3 Country v City - Green and Gold Rugby
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NRC 2015 round 3 Country v City

NRC 2015 round 3 Country v City

City make the trip up the range to Toowoomba to take on Queensland country in what many consider their Heartland. City are undefeated this season but Country will grow a leg with a decent crowd behind them.

The Match

It only took three minutes for the country side to cross for the first try. Country fed a scrum ten metres out from the City try line. The city scrum marched forward but Radike Samo produced one of his famous one handed pickups and snuck down the blind side of the scrum. City’s backrow didn’t react and Junior Loloifi was left trying to stop the huge unit on the line. He didn’t. Sam Greene Converted for an 8-0 lead.

Ten minutes later City struck back through Alex Gibbon. Karmichael ran at the line drawing two defenders before passing around their backs to put the winger in in the corner. Greene missed the kick but City is well in this contest.

The next 25 minutes of the half produced flashes of brilliant attack, brutal defense, a few scuffles but no scores. Both Radike Samo and Chris Feauai-Sautia left the field with head knocks but despite the disruption to their team they were still very competitive. With two minutes to go City crossed again. Jake McIntyre threw a long flat pass to his left and hit Ben Hynes as he hit the hole. From there he was too big and had too much momentum and crashed over to score. The score at half time was 13-8 to City.

In the second half the game opened up a lot. This coincided with the arrival of my steak burger so I may have got a little distracted but I think I have most of it right.

First off the rank was Junior Loloifi who finished off a great team effort that traveled a good 60 metres with Chris Kuridrani making good metres and throwing the final pass.

Country regained the ball from the kick off and ended up with the ball metres out pounding away at the line until Campbell Magnay crashed over. Greene kick the conversion to leave the score at 21-16. Swiss cheese and caramelised onion on my burger.

City was in next from a very nicely worked set move at a five metre lineout. He swept from the backof the lineout to the front taking the ball at full pace from the lineout jumper. Saia Fainga’a was waiting for him at the front of the lineout but wasn’t able to stop Gill squirming his way over. McIntyre missed the conversion.

In what seemed like moments later Junior Loloifi picked up a loose ball metres out from City’s tryline and sprinted the length of the field to score under the posts. This guy has jets for feet and no one really got close to him. After the conversion the score was 34-16 and things were looking grim for Country.

Jack Cornelson got Country back within striking distance when Country forced City back in a five metre scrum and he picked up from the scrum base and charged up the blindside carrying two city players over  the line.

Then something peculiar happened. leading 34-24 City won a kickable penalty about 30 metres out. AND THE TOOK THE SHOT! Actually a really smart decision. They had stretched their lead to 36-24

And finally right on the final hooter Chris Kuridrani fielded a kick and set off up the left sideline. He drew and passed inside to Kerevi who did the same and passed back to put Kuridrani in the clear McIntyre kicked another conversion to make the final score 44-24

City were a class above Country and deserved the win.

The Game Changer

I said in the report that Country recovered well from the injuries to Samo and Feauai-Sautia but in hindsight I think it made a big difference to the shape of the team. This became more and more evident as the half wore on.


There were a lot of guys putting in quality performances today but Junior Loloifi was solid in defence, positioned himself perfectly in every situation and scored two meat pies. He is the GAGR MOTM

Oz Barbarian watch

City lock forward Ben Hynes smashed and got smashed and just kept going.

The Details

Crowd: 2,204

Score & Scorers

Queensland Country: 24
Tries: Radike Samo, Campbell Magney, Jack Cornelson
Conversions: Sam Greene 3/3
Brisbane City: 44
Tries: Alex Gibbon, Ben Hyne, Junior Loloifi 2, Liam Gill, Chris Kuridrani
Conversions: Jake McIntyre 4/6
Penalties: Jake McIntyre 1/1

Cards & citings

Cadeyrn Neville (cheese)



Burger Watch

I had a steak burger on a proper bun not some fall apart Maccas crap thing. Swiss cheese, beetroot, caramelised onion, lettuce and tomato. Great quality although the steak was a little too cooked for my taste. 8/10


  • Kate Elizabeth

    Ahh beetroot. Love that.
    And so good to see Junior Lalofi continuing to tear it up. Will also be interesting to see Gibbon’s further transition into 15s.

    • SuckerForRed

      I thought Gibbon played alright. Few times where I had to check his name in the program. (My gauge on how the unknowns are playing.)

    • RobC

      Yep. Gibbon’s looking good!

  • Rugby Tragic

    can confirm. was a top burger.
    Also was not impressed by Caydern Neville. Good at the lineout, lackadaisical around the field. Not a good sign as Jimmy Horwills replacement.

    • TheMountain

      If he can slot a couple of stupid red cards in there he’ll be a perfect fit!

  • Dave

    Appreciate the very funny write up!

  • Who?

    That lineout try was a beautiful piece of work. Worth noting that a good part of the reason Gill got across was the City hooker knew the play, and made contact driving Gill forward milliseconds after Gill hit Saia. So, it was a 2 on 1, created by Gill’s run. Without the extra drive, Gill wouldn’t have gotten over. I had a great view of it (it was in my corner, along with the Samo try).
    Was standing near the canteen when McIntyre took the shot. Didn’t understand what he was doing…
    Some pretty big hits, too. Poor old Frisby took a quick lineout throw from McIntyre on his own tryline late in the first half and got completely smashed. Gill threw a roughly 30m quick lineout throw (my son was in awe).
    Crowd was just over 2,200. Weather threatened all day, coolish but dry. Track was pretty sandy in the middle – hope they can get a bit of grass to grow before next weekend’s Risdon Cup day at the same venue (local grade comp – in its 52nd season).

    • SuckerForRed

      Gilly’s throw was a thing of beauty. Dead straight. I was sitting right behind him. Hopefully there were not any NFL scouts in the crowd…….

      • Sharon

        Best seats in the house, ours :-)

  • SuckerForRed

    Agree with you re Ben Hyne. Quote of the day – “He is very pretty. Not sure he is going to stay that way if he keeps getting smashed like that.” If there was a big hit on the field it was generally Hyne climbing off the bottom of the ruck as either the smasher or the smashee. Betcha he is a bit tender this morning.

    Other thoughts: (From a country point of view)

    McIntyre & Greene both had good days with the boot. Greene particularly in the from hand stakes. He fired some long kicks down field that kept Country in the game.

    Country has now been offically decimated by injury. Radike (jaw/head), CFS (shoulder) and Paia’aua (knee) I am guessing will be out for a while as a result of yesterday’s game. Ant Fainga’a has another 5 – 6 weeks in a boot. Saia Fainga’a also got a head knock in the process of Gill scoring his try and should have gone off if my discussion with him after was anything to go by…… The only good news is that Quirky might be back next week but more likely the week after.

    Cambell Magnay had a good game but needs some anger management classes……… Honorable mentions to Tom Pincus & Connor Mitchell.

    • Sharon

      Quirky & Higgers should run the anger management class.

  • Nick

    Thanks for the article mate. May I please request it mandatory that each report has a “Burger Watch” section? I think the National Burger Competition may become even greater than the Rugby given the right marketing.

  • Nutta

    Good write up. However you need to be a bit more factual and objective in your outlook as it needs bacon and a runny fried egg to make a burger truly special. These additions will frequently make up for any inauspicious over/under bit of dead cow

  • Mmmmm

    Don’t the Buildcorp NRC update the ladder on Sundays?

    Shouldn’t BC be at the Top of the table after their BP win over QC

  • RobC

    Nice report thanks Sully.

  • Nutta
  • Cloh Tapasbar

    It was actually Henry Taefu who kicked the last conversion not Jake McIntyre

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