Super Rugby


McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City claim bonus-point win over the Sydney Rays

McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City have claimed a bonus-point victory over the Sydney Rays in Round 6 of the National Rugby Championship with 46-29 win at Pittwater Rugby Park in Sydney on Sunday.

The Rays slotted an early penalty goal but their lead was short lived as City accelerated to cross for six tries by half time.

Ultimately City outscored the Rays eight tries to four and recorded their third victory of the 2017 NRC season.

A strong performance from City’s forward pack set the platform while captain Andrew Ready led from the front with two of the visitors’ tries.

Brisbane City head coach Mick Heenan said: “I thought some of our play in attack was good. We created a lot of opportunities, our forward play was very good, our maul was a real weapon today and late in the game our scrum became important as well.

“At the end of the day, we got the outcome we wanted, a bonus-point win away from home.

“It’s a fairly decent trip to come down here on the back of Perth last week so we’re looking forward to being back at home over the next two weeks,” Heenan said.

The Sydney Rays hit the lead early through a penalty goal to flyhalf Rohan Saifoloi.

City responded in the 10th minute as Ready burrowed his way over from close range to give the visitors a 7-3 lead after Quade Cooper added the extras.

Cooper set up City’s next try with a looping cut-out pass to winger Maaloga Konelio before the Rays hit back in 17th minute with a try to fullback Josh Turner, 12-10.

Brisbane City outside centre Dylan Riley beat two defenders on his way to the try line in the 21st minute, extending City’s lead to seven points.

Ed Fidow’s counter-attack try in the 24th minute was the highlight, as he stepped his way through the Rays defence and dotted down next to the uprights, 24-10.

A rolling maul play in the 28th minute saw Ready cross for his second before Dan Gorman hit a hole on the cusp of half time to give City a 34-10 lead at the break.

Almost immediately after half time, Sydney Rays flanker Tom Connor charged down a clearance kick attempt and crossed for the Rays’ second try.

In the 43rd minute, replacement hooker Maile Ngauamo followed in his captain’s footsteps and burrowed his way over to extend City’s lead to 41-17.

The Sydney Rays crossed for their third in the 55th minute through Rob Buaserau before hooker Damien Fitzpatrick also scored, reducing City’s lead to 41-29.

The momentum swung but City’s defence held firm before flanker Michael Gunn peeled off the back of a rolling maul in the final minute to put the nail in the Rays’ coffin.

Brisbane City return home next weekend and will host the Melbourne Rising at Sci-Fleet Stadium Toowong (Wests Bulldogs RFC) on Sunday 15 October, kick-off 4:00pm AEST.

McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City 46 (Andrew Ready 2, Maaloga Konelio, Dylan Riley, Ed Fidow, Dan Gorman, Maile Ngauamo, Michael Gunn tries; Quade Cooper 3 cons) defeated The Sydney Rays 17 (Josh Turner, Tom Connor, Rob Buaserau, Damien Fitzpatrick tries; Irae Simone, Rohan Saifoloi 2 cons; Saifoloi pen goal) at Pittwater Rugby Park, Sydney, Sunday 8 October.