Super Rugby


9/14/2018

McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City team named for Round 3 clash against Rays in Sydney


McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City head coach Mick Heenan has made six changes to his starting side for tomorrow’s National Rugby Championship (NRC) match at Woollahra Oval in Sydney.

Zachariah Moimoi, Sam Wallis, Scott Gale, Lachlan Maranta, Matt Gordon and Tautalatasi Tasi all come into the XV for City.

It sees a new-look forward pack with Matt Gicquel dropping out of the 23 and Fraser McReight relegated to the bench.

Captain Adam Korczyk shifts back to flanker, while Sam Wallis will make his starting NRC and Brisbane City debut at Number eight.

There’s plenty of changes in the backs too, as former St.George Queensland Reds and Bond University Queensland Country scrumhalf Scott Gale will wear the number nine jersey in favour of Moses Sorovi.

After coming off the bench in the opening two games, Matt Gordon will start at centre with winger Lachlan Maranta set to play his first game for City in 2018.

Former Bulldogs and Rabbitohs player in the NRL - Tautalatasi Tasi will make his NRC and Brisbane City debut in the centres, seeing fellow league convert Karmichael Hunt shift to fullback.

There’s also five changes to the reserves with Misioka Timotea back in the 23 this week.

Sorovi and McReight will start from the bench while Jale Vakaloma and Lawson Creighton could potentially make their NRC and Brisbane City debuts.

Following last weekend’s 66-5 loss to the Fijian Drua, head coach Mick Heenan said the changes were warranted.

“Obviously we haven’t had the start we wanted and we’ve got a number of guys pushing for opportunities at training and we think the time is right to see what some of those guys can do,” said Heenan.

“Sam Wallis and Matt Gordon both had a good impact off the bench in the second half against Fiji and Matt also in that first game against the Force, so we thought they deserved that spot in the starting side.

“Scotty Gale’s been injured with a shoulder injury since the Grand Final (Hospital Challenge Cup), but he’s fully fit now and we think he can provide us with some direction from scrum half.

“Tasi had an outstanding club season and will bring a stronger defensive edge and some strong carrying at outside centre. Zach Moimoi is a different type of player for us and we are looking forward to seeing the impact he can have at this level.

“Lawson Creighton has been injured and unavailable until this week and is a person who can cover a number of positions and Jale will bring some x-factor from the bench,” said Heenan.

City’s next home game is in Round 5 against Bond University Queensland Country at Wests, followed by a Round 7 clash against the Canberra Vikings at Easts.

Brisbane City take on the Sydney Rays at Woollahra Oval tomorrow at 2:30pm and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports.

McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City team to play Sydney Rays 2:30pm, Saturday 15 September – Woollahra Oval, Sydney.

1. JP Smith – Reds/GPS 
2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa – Reds/Sunnybank 
3. Ruan Smith – Reds/GPS
4. Zachariah Moimoi Bond University (NRC/Brisbane debut)
5. Nathan Den Hoedt – Sunnybank
6. Adam Korczyk (C) – Reds/University of Queensland
7. Pat Morrey – University of Queensland
8. Sam Wallis – University of Queensland (NRC/Brisbane City starting debut)
9. Scott Gale – University of Queensland (Brisbane City debut)
10. Quade Cooper – Reds/Souths
11. Lachlan Maranta – Wests
12. Matt Gordon – Easts (NRC/Brisbane City starting debut)
13. Tautalatasi Tasi – Souths (NRC/Brisbane debut)
14. Jayden Ngamanu – Reds/Souths
15. Karmichael Hunt – Reds/Souths

16. Moli Sooaemalelagi – Sunnybank
17. Feao Fotuaika – Souths
18. Misioka Timotea – Wests
19. Jale Vakaloma – Easts (potential NRC/Brisbane City debut) 
20. Jeremiah Lynch – Wests
21. Fraser McReight – Brothers 
22. Moses Sorovi – Reds/Wests
23. Lawson Creighton – Brothers (potential NRC/Brisbane City debut)

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