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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