State Union

City claim bonus-point win over Rising

Saturday August 29, 2015 by  

Brisbane City have claimed a 45-21 bonus-point win over Melbourne Rising following a dominant second-half performance in Round 2 of the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship.

Playing in wet conditions at Harlequins Rugby Club in Melbourne today, Brisbane City trailed 16-5 at half time, but notched five second half tries to claim the impressive win.

In addition to five competition points, City also collected the Horan-Little Shield – an initiative similar to New Zealand’s provincial Ranfurly Shield. Read more

Nedlands crowned 2015 Premiers

Sunday August 23, 2015 by  

Nedlands have claimed the 2015 Pindan Premier Grade Premiership with a classic 39-27 win over Wests Scarborough at McGillivray Oval this afternoon.

In a back-and-forth first half, Nedlands made the most of their opportunities, running in three tries to two to take a 24-10 lead at the break. In a thrilling second half, ‘Neddies’ – led by an Man of the Match performance from No.8 Richard Naylor – were able to hold off the fast-finishing Boars.

Nedlands head coach Luke Doherty said he was proud of his side’s performance and thrilled to experience his first premiership as a coach. Read more

Rising edge Country in Round One classic

Sunday August 23, 2015 by  

The Melbourne Rising have opened their 2015 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC) campaign with a thrilling 39-31 victory against Queensland Country at Bond University.

Despite conceding two yellow cards and the loss of prop Tim Metcher to injury, the Rising scored six tries to Country’s five in an exhilarating match played at breakneck speed. Scrumhalf Ben Meehan impressed with a brace of tries, whilst back-rowers Jordy Reid, Colby Fainga’a and captain Scott Fuglistaller dominated in general play.

Radike Samo made his presence felt for the home side, busting through the Rising defence in the 3rd minute, however the match remained scoreless until a Tom English mistake saw flanker Connor Mitchell race 40m down the right-hand touchline to give Country an early advantage. Read more

Brisbane City open NRC with win over Perth Spirit

Thursday August 20, 2015 by  

Brisbane City kicked off their Buildcorp National Rugby Championship campaign with a bonus-point victory over 2014 Grand Final opponents, Perth Spirit, 29-16 tonight.

Newly signed Queensland Reds flyhalf Jake McIntyre steered the defending champions around the park well, largely thanks to a strong front-foot platform provided by the forward pack in front of 2,698 fans at Ballymore Stadium.

X-factor from 2014 Grand Final hero Junior Laloifi proved the difference in a tightly contested match, with the Sunnybank flyer playing a hand in two thrilling tries. Read more

Eastwood claim second consecutive Shute Shield

Saturday August 15, 2015 by  

Manly didn’t fail to deliver on their promise to flood Concord Oval with supporters, with a deafening crowd of fans hoping the Marlins would break an 18 year premiership drought, but in a grinding affair decided by a last minute field goal, it was Eastwood who prevailed 15-12, in a match that failed to yield a single try.

THE MATCH

An early penalty to the Marlins kicked by their captain Matt Lucas gave the extremely vocal supporting crowd something to cheer for, but Eastwood looked intent on spoiling the party with some strong attacking play from the resumption of play.

Lucas followed up with a remarkable field goal, capitalising on a weakness in the Eastwood line to take their lead to 6-0. Buoyed by the positive start, Manly relentlessly attacked, maintaining the majority of the possession in the first half of the game but with little reward. Read more

Horwitz claims 2015 Catchpole Medal

Monday August 10, 2015 by  

After an outstanding season for Randwick, fly-half David Horwitz has been awarded the 2015 Catchpole Medal for Player of the Year at the awards ceremony held in Sydney tonight.

Horwitz earned 22 votes in his 15 games over the course of the season, narrowly beating Warringah’s Hamish Angus (21 votes in 18 games) and Northern Suburbs’ Will Miller (21 votes in 18 games). A prodigious goal-kicker, Horwitz scored 29 goals and five tries in his 86 point haul for 2015.

The Catchpole Medal, named in honour of Randwick, Waratah and Wallaby star Ken Catchpole was presented by Brendan O’Farrell, CEO of Intrust Super; major sponsor of the Intrust Super Shute Shield at the awards evening held at The Rugby Club in Sydney’s CBD. Read more

Eastwood comeback downs Souths

Sunday August 9, 2015 by  

Shute Shield – Week Two Finals

Eastwood will face off against Manly in the Grand Final of the Intrust Super Shute Shield after an extraordinary comeback saw them beat Southern Districts 32-28 at TG Millner Field.

The last time the two teams met it was a thrilling last minute win to Eastwood, and from the outset it appeared Southern Districts were out to avenge the loss with three early tries in the first half, but a resurgent Eastwood scored 32 unanswered points to win the match despite a try in the dying throes of the match to Southern Districts Captain Jed Holloway.

THE MATCH
Paul Asquith wasted no time registering points on the scoreboard for the visiting Southern Districts side, with a loping try in just the third minute of the game, easily converted by Jordan McGregor and taking their lead to 7-0. Read more

Marlins sink Students to book Grand Final berth

Saturday August 8, 2015 by  

Shute Shield – Week Two Finals

The Manly Marlins are the first team into the 2015 Intrust Super Shute Shield Grand Final with a 42-22 win over Sydney University at Manly Oval in front of a three thousand strong crowd in windy conditions.

With a wealth of experience in the Sydney University line-up, Manly were, on paper at least, the underdogs ahead of the first Semi-Final.

But after a last minute release, Wycliff Palu – with 126 NSW Caps and 54 Wallaby Caps to his name – was named to start on the bench for the Marlins, bolstering a side that had already enjoyed an extremely successful season. Read more

Souths claim first Hospital Cup victory in 15 years

Sunday August 2, 2015 by  

Souths Magpies have claimed their first Queensland Premier Rugby Premiership since 2000, with a convincing 39–12 victory over Easts Tigers to raise the Hospital Cup at Ballymore.

Ballymore was the place to be on a sunny Sunday afternoon with 8,403 passionate supporters turning out to support grassroots Rugby. Players from both teams ran out to huge ovations, as hundreds of the two club’s juniors created tunnels for the Premier Grade sides.

Easts, the Minor Premiers, were outmuscled upfront and struggled to contain the Tony Shaw medallist, Queensland Reds centre Chris Feauia-Sautia, who scored two tries and setup another before half-time. Read more

Rebels set up Eastwood showdown

Sunday August 2, 2015 by  

Shute Shield – Week One Finals

Southern Districts have once again proved their credentials in high pressure situations, registering a thrilling 28-26 victory over Sydney University at Forshaw Rugby Park in the final match of the first week of finals in the Intrust Super Shute Shield.

Three rapid tries midway through the second half were the catalyst for a remarkable comeback from the Rebels, who are becoming known for their tenacity and persistence when overcoming significant deficits.

THE MATCH

The Students and the Rebels traded penalties to register the first points of the match, which was a high-intensity battle from the outset, with Southern Districts determined to defy the odds against a side brimming with elite talent. Read more