State Union

Brisbane City to host 2015 NRC Grand Final

Saturday October 24, 2015 by  

Brisbane City have overcome an 11-point half-time deficit to defeat the Sydney Stars 47-32 at Ballymore on Saturday Night in the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC) semi-final.

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The win will see the City side host their second consecutive NRC grand final at Ballymore, providing the side with the chance to defend their 2014 title. Brisbane City will face the Canberra Vikings next Saturday to determine this year’s winners.

A strong performance from the home forwards laid the platform for a courageous comeback victory in front of 2,432 vocal fans.

Two-tries apiece from Queensland Reds pair Liam Gill and Nick Frisby, helped push City ahead of the opposition in a thrilling semi-final. Read more

Melbourne Rising defeated in tight NRC Semi Final

Friday October 23, 2015 by  

The Melbourne Rising have fallen just short in their pursuit of a place in the 2015 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC) Grand Final, going down 50-34 against the Canberra Vikings in Canberra.

The first half saw an incredible eight tries, with each side crossing four times as the hosts took a slender two point lead into the break.

Vikings Captain Jarrad Butler scored after just three minutes, the beneficiary of a rolling maul, and when Wallaby Christian Leali’ifano released centre Rodney Iona six minutes later the locals sensed a first half blowout. Read more

Junior Laloifi secures Reds contract

Monday October 19, 2015 by  

The Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) today announced Brisbane City winger Junior Laloifi has secured a Queensland Reds contract after being selected as ‘The Ballymore Kid’, following his performances during the 2015 National Rugby Championship (NRC).

‘The Ballymore Kid’ is a Queensland Rugby initiative for the 2015 NRC in which one player within Queensland’s two squads, Brisbane City and Queensland Country, was guaranteed a 2016 contract with the Reds for the coming Super Rugby season.

Laloifi, 21, has been a prolific try-scorer and consistent performer in this year’s NRC, scoring 14-tries across City’s eight regular season matches, crossing the line in every game, to head into the finals as the competition’s leading try scorer. Fans will also remember Laloifi’s crucial try late in the 2014 NRC Grand Final, which sealed the victory for Brisbane City. Read more

Melbourne Rising qualify for NRC Semi Finals

Sunday October 18, 2015 by  

The Melbourne Rising will play finals football in 2015, after defeating Sydney Stars 18-10 in Frankston to finish the regular season in third place on the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC) table.

With sunshine beaming down at Frankston Oval and a crowd of 1420 cheering them on, the Rising fired their first shot after just eight minutes when scrumhalf Ben Meehan got over for his sixth try of the season from close range.

An intercept try brought the Stars back level five minutes later, Harry Jones the beneficiary, before the Rising regained the lead when Justin Marsters scored his first NRC try in the right hand corner, dotting down spectacularly after Jordy Reid released him with a pin point pass. Read more

Brisbane City secure Horan-Little Shield

Saturday October 17, 2015 by  

Brisbane City have ended the regular season of the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC) unbeaten, defeating the Greater Sydney Rams 71–24 at Ballymore, on Saturday afternoon.

The victory saw City secure the Horan-Little Shield and the Minor Premiership for 2015, ahead of the semi-final at Ballymore next Saturday night.

Playing in front of 2,257 fans, City put on a great display of running-Rugby to come away with the victory, scoring nine tries to three. Read more

Brisbane City win thriller over Vikings

Saturday October 10, 2015 by  

Brisbane City have continued their unbeaten run in this season’s Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC) after defeating the Canberra Vikings 37–31 at Viking Park in Canberra on Saturday afternoon.

The nail-biting win saw City retain the Horan-Little Shield and put them in a good position to secure the Minor Premiership with one round remaining.

Playing in front of 2,177 passionate fans in Canberra, Brisbane City showed great resolve and determination to come away with the victory in a ten-try thriller. Read more

Courageous Rising keep playoff hopes alive

Thursday October 8, 2015 by  

The Melbourne Rising have kept their 2015 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC) playoff hopes alive with a courageous come from behind victory against NSW Country Eagles in Round Eight.

Playing on an immaculate surface at Geelong’s outstanding Simonds Stadium facility, the Rising had to be patient and can thank their defensive resolve for keeping them in the contest before their forward pack took advantage of opportunities late in the game to get them the four points.

It wasn’t the ideal start for the hosts, with referee Matt O’Brien punishing them for numerous offences in the opening minutes and the Eagles taking advantage as hooker Tom Sexton got over under the posts. Read more

Vikings too strong for Rising in Canberra

Friday October 2, 2015 by  

The Canberra Vikings have proven too strong for the Melbourne Rising, displaying sustained pressure to secure victory in Round Seven of the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC).

Travelling to the undefeated Vikings represented one of the greatest challenges in the NRC, however an attritional opening twenty minutes saw neither side able to breach the other as the scorers weren’t troubled.

Pom Simona and Jordy Reid were making their physicality felt in defence, and though the Vikings eventually opening the scoring through flanker Jarrad Butler off the back of a maul, it seemed only fair when Rising stand-in Captain Jack Debreczeni evened things up shortly afterwards when he converted his own try, set up a by a Sione Tuipulotu line break. Read more

Spirit make it two in a row at home

Saturday September 26, 2015 by  

A two-try performance by Brad Lacey has helped lift the Perth Spirit to a 31-21 victory over the Melbourne Rising to secure their second win in a row for the 2015 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC) at McGillivray Oval this afternoon.

The Spirit started the game backed up in their own 22 for over 10 minutes, however their work at the set piece and on the five metre line was far too strong for the Rising attack.

This strong defensive effort gave the Spirit the momentum and belief to carry through the rest of the match, scoring five tries to come within seconds of walking away with a bonus point victory. Read more

Qld Country grind out win over NSW Country

Thursday September 24, 2015 by  

Queensland Country have secured their second win of the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC) with a 24-16 victory over the New South Wales Country Eagles in Newcastle.

On a wet and windy night, Country Rugby fans braved the conditions to watch two teams battle it out in a rivalry that predates the NRC.

Despite two changes to Queensland Country’s front-row leading into the game, the scrum was once again the team’s biggest weapon and in the end, proved to be the difference. Read more