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Vikings rise to beat Melbourne

Vikings rise to beat Melbourne

The Vikings have continued their unbeaten season with a 42-16 win over the Rising to set up a mouth watering clash with the also undefeated Brisbane City next week. The score didn’t truly reflect the closeness of the game with three yellow cards to the Rising costing them any chance of victory.

The Match

The opening quarter of the game was played at a frantic pace but neither team could trouble the scorer and it took until the 23rd minute when for the deadlock to be broken with the Vikings going to their strength of the rolling maul off a lineout close to the Rising line and it was Vikings captain Jarrad Butler who scored his sixth try of the season.

That only sparked the Rising into action and following a good run from Sione Tuipulotu that got the Rising into the Vikings 22, Jack Debreczeni stepped his way through the defensive line and converted his own try to level the scores at 8-8.

The Vikings then had the better of the play and were camped in the Rising 22. They pressured the Rising into collapsing a maul that saw Steve Cummins given a yellow card from referee Rohan Hoffmann and then he eventually lost patience with the Rising from the resulting play and awarded the Vikings a penalty try.

In the shadows of the half time break, Vikings fullback Aidan Toua pulled out a try of the year contender started by Joe Powell who collected a Rising chip kick and set Toua off on a mazy run stepping at least five Rising defenders before offloading to James Dargaville who in turn offloaded to Toua to finish off a brilliant passage of play to leave it at 21-8 at the break.

The Rising hit back early in the second half with a try to Dom Shipperley after good lead up work from winger Justin Marsters and Debreczeni’s conversion reduced the margin to five points with the momentum starting to go in the visitors favour on the back of strong work, particularly from Jordy Reid and Sam Jeffries.

The Vikings managed to stem the tide and once again went to a rolling maul off a lineout from a harsh penalty against the Rising and Butler fell just short of the line but Ita Vaea picked up the crumbs to secure the five pointer.

The Rising went down to 14 men again with Cruze Ah Nau given a ten minute rest and the Vikings took advantage with the backs finding gaps in the Rising defensive line and replacement Franky Fainifo sliced through to score untouched under the posts to keep the Rising at bay.

The task for the Rising gout even tougher as captain Jack Debreczeni was also in the bin with Ah Nau for cynical play and all of a sudden the Vikings were in again to Fainifo with his second try within minutes of coming onto the field.

The Game Changer

The Rising went down a man when in reach of the Vikings but when they went down to 13 it was too much for them and proved the difference in the end.


Ita Vaea was given the ground MOTM but Joe Powell put in a good game with some big defensive work throughout the game.

Oz Baabaa Watch

Pom Simona and Sione Tuipulotu put in strong games for the Rising with Simona’s work around the ruck and Tuipulotu’s running a feature for the Rising.

The Details

Score & Scorers

Tries: Butler, Penalty try, Toua, Vaea, Fainifo 2
Conversions: Lealiifano 4
Tries: Debreczeni, Shipperley
Conversions: Debreczeni 2


31 min – Steve Cummins (Rising) – Yellow
63 min – Cruze Ah Nau (Rising) – Yellow
67 min – Jack Debreczeni (Rising) – Yellow

Photos courtesy of Tim Anger Photography

  • Brumby runner

    Thanks for the summary BJ. How did the battle of the scrum pan out?

    Powell is really looking to be a future star isn’t he.

    • jamie

      Scrum went the way of the Victors in this fixture

    • I was watching the stream, which dropped out for a bit, but the Vikings scrum was very dominant with the Rising scrum being walked backwards a few times.

      I missed when Ah Nau got his yellow card, but it sounded like it was for scrum infringements.

      • Utah

        That streaming was so painful. Mine dropped out for about 20mins in total. Can’t believe Foxtel won’t show all these games on tv. So many sports channels, with so much crap. We pay however much for Foxtel in Australia each month to watch ITM Cup games all day instead of our own comp. Makes you wonder if it’s worth it.

        • Both games last night dropped out so not sure where the breakdown happened.

        • Kiap

          Yep. The streaming is a step in the right direction (need to fix the dropouts, last night was not the first), but we want to be moving towards getting all the NRC matches on TV.

      • Tim

        It was

    • Mst

      We were dominant in the scrum at times marching them backwards a few / lot of meters. The card was due to the continued demolition of their scrum – it just kept collapsing under the weight and 6/7 disengaging off the side. I think the call was for continued hinging.

      Powell’s defence was a stand-out, the highlight for me was a brilliant break down turnover!

  • jamie

    How good is Sione. He was playing schoolboy rugby in the same team as me last year and there he is slicing through wallaby players. That was his first start as well.

  • Pedro

    Thanks for the write up Steve, speedy and accurate as always.

    That try by Toua in the first half shadows was incredible. It was a real folk lore, man against boys effort. At first the defense didn’t read his drift, but the double fake step to beat the full back without losing pace was incredible. What is more incredible is that the Brumbies could conceivably leave him out of a match day 23, such is their depth.

    • I thought he was falling over with that double step but the replay showed he meant it. Can’t forget Dargaville’s offload in that play which was also very good.

  • Bobas

    Just read a great article and great four comments. Can’t get this anywhere else but g&gr.

    Caught this game, Vikings pack too good to lose, vaya immense, lilo and deborahseeknee showed their class too. Powell looking like a super rugby starter and Toua a young Beale.

  • Nick

    That Toua try was class!

  • Stuey

    Thanks for putting up the AWESOME photos! Incredible shots.

    • Tim


      • Kiap

        Nice work. The one will Benny A staring at the pass from Meehan gets my vote!

        Can you recall roughly what sort of crowd they got that night?

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