State Union

Perth Spirit far too strong for Qld Country

Saturday September 19, 2015 by  

The Perth Spirit have won their first match of the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC) with a dominant 64–34 win over the Queensland Country, at Victoria Park in Rockhampton.

The Spirit were exceptional in attack and fierce at the break down. It was a tough day at the office in the scrums, with the Queensland Country showing their strength, but the Spirit were far too strong in open play and hurt them on the scoreboard.

Ian Prior was brilliant off the kicking tee, with eight from eight conversions made, which allowed the Spirit to streak away, leading by 56 points at one stage in the second half. Read more

Melbourne Rising leave it late in Morwell

Saturday September 19, 2015 by  

The Melbourne Rising left it late but managed to score a dramatic 37-36 win over the Greater Sydney Rams in Round Five of the 2015 Buildcorp National Rugby Championships (NRC), at the LaTrobe City Sports & Entertainment Stadium in Morwell.

With perfect weather and the playing surface in pristine condition, the Rising were aiming to make Morwell a happy hunting ground however found themselves down 36-21 with full time approaching. Fortunately, two converted tries in the final minutes saw the home side steal victory and maintain their top-four spot on the NRC ladder.

Down 13-5 at halftime, the Rising stormed into the lead with two quick tries to Tom English and Jonah Placid before the visitors piled on four tries of their own to build what appeared to be a match-winning lead before Melbourne’s last minute heroics. Read more

Vikings hold on to defeat spirited Perth

Saturday September 12, 2015 by  

The Canberra Vikings have held on for a thrilling 26-23 win over the Spirit in Perth in the sides round four Buildcorp National Rugby Championship match at the University of WA.

Vikings prop Allan Alaalatoa was the star of the show, barging over for two tries and helping his side win a number of crucial scrums throughout the match.

In wet and windy conditions at McGillivray Oval the Vikings came out of the blocks firing. Dean Oakman-Hunt in his first start in the NRC, came up with a big tackle and turnover play metres from the Spirit’s tryline. From the ensuing scrum, captain Jarrad Butler linked with scrumhalf Joe Powell, who dived over in the corner for his first NRC try of the season. Read more

Queensland Country secure win over Greater Sydney Rams

Saturday September 12, 2015 by  

Queensland Country have recorded their first victory of the 2015 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC) season against the Greater Sydney Rams 37-31 at Sydney’s Foreshaw Park.

Queensland Country crossed for five tries with flyhalf Sam Greene scoring a double. Greene also slotted four conversions from five attempts to post an individual total of 22 points for the match.

The match also saw Elliott Hagen, Sam Reiser and Teti Tela make their Queensland Country and NRC debuts. Read more

Brisbane City retain Horan-Little Shield

Friday September 11, 2015 by  

Brisbane City have retained the Horan-Little Shield with a 55-29 victory over the North Harbour Rays in Round Four of the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC).

Brisbane City secured their second bonus point after the siren in as many weeks to guarantee themselves top position on the ladder.

Head coach Nick Stiles said the team was thrilled to retain the Horan-Little Shield. Read more

Brisbane City retain Purcell Cup in Toowoomba

Sunday September 6, 2015 by  

Brisbane City have retained the Andy Purcell Cup with a strong 44–24 win over Queensland Country in Round Three of the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC).

Playing in front of 2,204 passionate fans at Toowoomba’s Clive Berghofer Stadium on Sunday afternoon, Brisbane City secured a bonus point after the siren to finish the round on top of the ladder.

The match held extra importance given both teams were playing for the Andy Purcell Cup, a trophy that was introduced last year for the annual Queensland derby in the NRC and is named after the late Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) Life Member, Andy Purcell. Purcell graced the game with more than 50 years of service – first as a player, then a referee, a coach and also as an administrator. Read more

Vikings make it two from two following big Rams win

Saturday September 5, 2015 by  

The Canberra Vikings made it two wins from two starts in the 2015 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship with a 58-26 thumping of the Greater Sydney Rams at Viking Park on Saturday.

Vikings captain Jarrad Butler and winger Jerome Niumata each crossed for two tries in the eight tries to four romp.

After having round one off with the bye, the Vikings are a perfect two from two and have two bonus points in the bag in the NRC and will be looking to make it three in a row when they take on the Perth Spirit in Perth next Saturday. Read more

Stars too strong for Spirit in Sydney

Saturday September 5, 2015 by  

The Perth Spirit have gone down to the Sydney Stars 45-24 in Round Three of the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship at Leichhardt Oval this afternoon.

The Spirit showed glimpses of brilliance throughout the match, with some of the best tries of the competition so far. The Perth based team scored two tries to the Stars one in the first half and lead the Sydney Stars into the sheds with a 16-13 lead.

The second half started with early tries to both sides with both teams looking dangerous, but the Stars were two strong, scoring another three tries to the Spirits none. Read more

Melbourne Rising return to winning ways in NRC

Thursday September 3, 2015 by  

The Melbourne Rising have responded to Saturday’s defeat against Brisbane City in the best possible way, showing their full attacking repertoire as they defeated North Harbour Rays 45-40 at Manly Oval on Thursday evening.

In what really was a game of two halves, a late try and then a crucial turnover from Colby Fainga’a saw the Melbourne Rising secure the win despite a huge second half effort from the Rays, who trailed 40-16 at the break.

With the television cameras of Fox Sports broadcasting live throughout Australasia, the Melbourne Rising backline enjoyed the top billing in the opening period as they provided four first half tries, with back rower Jordy Reid the only forward to score. Read more

Spirit fall to the Rays

Saturday August 29, 2015 by  

The Perth Spirit have fallen to the North Harbour Rays 45-26 in their opening home match of the 2015 Buildcorp NRC season at McGillivray Oval this afternoon.

The men from the west dominated possession and territory for the opening 20-minutes scoring two tries but the Rays worked their way into the game to cross three times and take a 21-13 lead into the break. Two second half tries were not enough for the Spirit as North Harbour ran out 19-point victors.

Spirit head coach Tai McIssac said the Spirit were their own worst enemy and there is a lot to learn from today. Read more