State Union

Spirited comeback not enough against Eagles

Saturday October 18, 2014 by  

Two late tries to replacement scrumhalf, Michael Ruru, has seen the Perth Spirit come agonisingly close in a 40-34 loss to the NSW Country Eagles this evening in Dubbo in the final round of the National Rugby Championship season.

Despite the bonus-point loss, the Spirit finish fourth on the Buildcorp NRC ladder after the Vikings result fell in their favour and will now contest the semi-finals against the Melbourne Rising next week in Melbourne.

The Eagles jumped ahead with three unanswered tries in the first half before the Spirit found their feet through a try to Chris Heiberg and were playing catch up from that point on. Read more

Melbourne Rising prevail against Queensland Country

Saturday October 18, 2014 by  

The Melbourne Rising have finished the regular season of the 2014 National Rugby Championship with a solid 47-26 win against Queensland Country at AAMI Park.

With a home Semi Final looming, the Rising scored seven tries to four with the scrum a real standout, and the halves combining well as a result of that. Local players Lloyd Johansson and Pom Simona impressed in their NRC run-on debuts, while Jonah Placid was busy in both attack and defence.

Both teams produced some hard-hitting defence in the opening ten minutes, resulting in a few handling errors, before the Rising opened the scoring through Captain Nic Stirzaker. A well placed grubber kick and pressure on the chase saw the Rising win possession and the skipper crossed for his fifth try of the campaign. Read more

Brisbane City book NRC finals spot

Saturday October 18, 2014 by  

Brisbane City have recorded a 37-16 win over the Canberra Vikings in the final round of the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship.

City tallied a five tries to two, claiming a bonus-point win and securing third place ahead of the semi-finals.

Head coach Nick Stiles said he was pleased with the team’s efforts to this point. Read more

Melbourne Rising finish travels with a win

Saturday October 11, 2014 by  

The Melbourne Rising completed their travel commitments in the NRC with a tough 58-40 victory against a Greater Sydney Rams side who provided an incredibly tough challenge in Round 8 of the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC).

Rising Head Coach Sean Hedger was able to call upon Sean McMahon, Jonah Placid and Toby Smith, after injuries ruled them out of the Round 6 34-13 victory over the UC Vikings. Telusa Veainu injured a hand during the bye week, so local wingers Rennie Lautolo-Molimau and Joe Kamana provided the pace out wide.

The Rising got off to a strong start, with pivot Jack Debreczeni the first to cross in the seventh minute, however the Rams hit back instantly through great work from second rower Jed Holloway who touched down out wide. Ben Volavola stepped up with a wonderful kick to level the scores, but with just twelve minutes gone the Rising were in again through Captain Nic Stirzaker, with Debreczeni slotting his second successive conversion. Read more

Spirit shine in Qld Country domination

Saturday October 4, 2014 by  

Perth Spirit has kept alive their National Rugby Championship title chances with a convincing 68-29 victory over Queensland Country at the Lark Hill Sports Complex.

It was a ten-try to four demolition from the home side, moving to second place on a congested NRC points table and now very confident of potentially hosting a Semi Final after losing four of their first five matches.

Spirit flanker Kane Koteka crossed for a hat-trick, prop Robbie Abel for a double while winger Christian Joubert made the perfect start to his domestic representative career with a try in only the third minute. Read more

Spirit outclass Stars

Sunday September 28, 2014 by  

Perth Spirit has demolished the Sydney Stars with a powerful come from behind performance to claim victory 63-21 at Arena Joondalup this afternoon.

The two teams went into the match with just one win between them so far in the inaugural National Rugby Championship season.

Boasting international and Super Rugby experience the match was tipped to be a close affair. Sydney was able to get on top early through Laurie Weeks and Andrew Leota, as both found the try-line with relatively ease inside the opening 10 minutes. Read more

Brisbane City win inaugural Andy Purcell Cup

Sunday September 28, 2014 by  

Brisbane City have claimed the inaugural Andy Purcell Cup with a 29-13 win over Queensland Country in front of more than 5,000 fans at Ballymore Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The win moves Brisbane City into second place on the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship ladder. It was a tense and often heated affair between the two sides, as they re-ignited the classic Queensland Rugby rivalry of City vs Country.

Queensland Country dominated the first half, with tries to Jamie-Jerry Taulagi and Tom Pincus. Flyhalf Matt Brandon kicked one conversion. Read more

Strong start enough to get the Rising home

Thursday September 25, 2014 by  

The Melbourne Rising returned home to AAMI Park with a 34-13 win over the Canberra Vikings in Round Six of the National Rugby Championship (NRC).

After piling on four opening half tries, the Rising were able to hold on against immense pressure from the visitors in the second half.

The Rising came into the game with two changes from the starting line-up which defeated NSW Country in Orange the Saturday prior, hooker Tom Sexton and Harlequin flanker Sione Taufa coming into the starting lineup. Read more

Queensland Country secure first NRC win

Thursday September 18, 2014 by  

Queensland Country has claimed its first win of the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship, defeating the Greater Sydney Rams 24-13 at Ballymore in Round 5 of the competition.

Queensland Country scored three tries to the Greater Sydney Rams’ two to secure the victory, and head coach Steve Meehan was delighted to see his team get over the line.

“I’m happy that the team was able to capitalise on their opportunities and secure their first win tonight,” said Meehan. Read more

Melbourne Rising make it two from two at home

Thursday September 11, 2014 by  

The Melbourne Rising has made it two from two at AAMI Park, and four from four in the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC) with a 44-24 win over the Perth Spirit.

It was a penetrating battle between the two sides, with the score line not reflective of the tight encounter which ensued.

Both sides started off with intensity, with the Spirit making the most of the frantic game style, forcing a number of Rising mistakes and pressuring the home side’s line. The Spirit earned reward for effort on the fourteen-minute mark with a try to number eight Alex Rovira off the back of the scrum. Read more