The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

City slick­ers’ ri­vals Ris­ing no longer

- DAMIEN STAN­NARD

BRIS­BANE City re­in­forced their rep­u­ta­tion for at­tack­ing wiz­ardry and dented the hopes of a ma­jor ri­val in their 45-21 Na­tional Rugby Cham­pi­onship win in Mel­bourne yesterday.

Three tries in seven min­utes at the start of the sec­ond half turned around an 11-point deficit and City took the up­per hand against Mel­bourne Ris­ing af­ter a stop-start first half.

Mel­bourne seemed in con­trol un­til two turnovers en­abled City to un­leash their slick back­line.

Ju­nior Laloifi scored af­ter a break­down turnover that re­leased Henry Taefu on a raid.

Then an aim­less kick from the Ris­ing gifted pos­ses­sion to half­back Nick Frisby, who made space for Chris Kuridrani and cen­tre Samu Kerevi.

Lock Cadeyrn Neville fin­ished off the move­ment, and when prop Sam Talakai scored five min­utes later the match ef­fec­tively be­longed to City.

Fly­half Jake McIntyre fin­ished with 15 points from five con­ver­sions.

The home side’s come­back ef­fort stalled when full­back and for­mer Queens­land Red Jonah Placid was in­jured and left the game on a stretcher with 10 min­utes left.

The win means City will head with con­fi­dence into next Sun­day’s clash with win­less Queens­land Coun­try in Toowoomba.

 ??  ?? TOP CEN­TRE: Samu Kerevi.
TOP CEN­TRE: Samu Kerevi.

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