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Five things we learned - National Rugby Championship Round 6

Queensland’s two National Rugby Championship sides recorded wins on the weekend as McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City claimed a bonus-point win in Sydney and Bond University Queensland Country held on to win by three points on the Gold Coast. City winger Ed Fidow crossed for a try to remember while Country are still searching for an 80-minute performance.

These are the five things we learned from Roudn 6 of the National Rugby Championship.

1. Fidow’s fancy footwork

Former Samoa Sevens flyer Ed Fidow lit up Pittwater Rugby Park with a stunning individual effort for City on Sunday afternoon. As the match approached the 25-minute mark, Fidow fielded a Rays mid-field bomb on City’s 40m line. He split the first line of defence with some fancy footwork before accelerating through the line. Rays fullback Josh Turner hesitantly zeroed in but was left flat footed as Fidow dummied before winning the foot race to the try line to slam the ball down next to the upright. Check out the try in the video below.

2. Queensland teams in the finals’ mix

After six rounds, both the Queensland teams are still in the mix to play finals. This is a first because Queensland Country have previously struggled to string wins together. In 2017, they’ve shrugged off the ‘cellar dweller’ title to record four-straight victories and they now sit in third spot. With a game in hand, Queensland Country sit one point behind the ladders leaders ahead of a trip south to play the Greater Sydney Rams. Brisbane City sit just outside the top four with two home fixtures on the near horizon.

3. Forwards fire for City

Brisbane City’s forward pack set the platform for the eight-try performance which saw City keep their finals’ hopes alive. Captain Andrew Ready led from the front with a double while Michael Gunn returned to the starting side with a strong performance at openside flanker. City’s early ruck pressure gave them plenty of ball and they capitalised to run in six tries by half time. Two well-executed rolling maul plays provided tries to Ready and Gunn while a strong scrummaging effort late in the match denied the Rays a potential try-scoring opportunity.

4. Country still searching for a full 80-minute performance

Queensland Country jumped out of the gates on the Gold Coast to lead 31-0 by the 45th minute. They controlled possession throughout the opening 40 and got reward on the scoreboard. It was a dominant half that was somewhat undone by a disappointing second-half showing. After crossing for four first-half tries and a try in the 45th minute, Country could only add a 69th minute penalty goal to their tally. They escaped with a 34-31 win but Country head coach Brad Thorn will be eager for his troops to deliver an 80-minute performance.

5. City prepare for two home fixtures

After two difficult away trips to Perth and Sydney, City return to Brisbane for two home fixtures. In 2017, City are undefeated at home and they must build on that home ground advantage to secure another two victories. This weekend, they host the ninth-placed Rising at Sci-Fleet Stadium Toowong (Wests Bulldogs RFC) for a chance to record back-to-back victories. The match kicks off at 4:00pm AEST and entry is again FREE.