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Brisbane City crowned inaugural undefeated champions of the URC

Brisbane City have claimed the inaugural U19s Rugby Championship title, posting a 40-7 win over Queensland Country in the tournament final at Viking Park in Canberra.

City outscored their Queensland counterparts six tries to one, with Isaac Lucas amassing an individual total of 15 points, slotting five from six conversions and scoring a try of his own.  

Samuel Samu from Brisbane City was first to cross the line just four minutes into the first half, but deceptively strong winds prevented Lucas from adding the extras, leaving the score at 5-nil.

Lucas was next to score, running 60 metres and evading four members of the Country side to cross in the corner. He converted his own try, taking the score to 12-nil.

Winning the ball back off the kick off, Nathan Carroll scored Brisbane City’s third try, followed by several attempted pick and drives on the line which saw Joseph Faulalo dive over, giving Brisbane City a 26-0 lead at half time.

Off the back of a scoreless first half, it didn’t take Queensland Country long to bounce back in the second stanza, Alexander Smit taking the ball over the line off the back of a strong Country lineout.
Isaac Henry then successfully slotted the conversion from the sideline to narrow the score line to 26-7.

However, Brisbane city continued their dominance, Carroll crossed for his second try of the match, followed by a five-pointer to William Rutherford, securing the title with a 40-7 win.

Brisbane City Head Coach, Damon Virtue said: “This is an awesome win for the boys and a testament to all the work behind the scenes of both coaching staff and management for getting this tournament off the ground.

“Right from the outset we’ve had a really great attitude and commitment from the boys throughout the tournament and even beforehand at the training camps and ultimately that’s culminated in their success today.

“The format of day-on, day-off works really well, reciprocating some of the format of the World Rugby U20s where you can have up the three games in seven days.”

The performance of the two Queensland U19s sides carries on from Queensland’s prior Super U20s dominance, which saw Queensland claim back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017, going through both campaigns undefeated.

From the previous two Super U20s titles, we have seen a number of players progress through the pathway to make their St.George Queensland Reds debuts, including Liam Wright, Angus Scott-Young, Hamish Stewart, Harry Hockings, Harry Hoopert and Angus Blyth.

As it happened:
4 min: Samuel Samu try, Brisbane City 5-0 QLD Country
15 min: Isaac Lucas try, Isaac Lucas con, Brisbane City 12-0 QLD Country
18 min: Nathan Carroll try, Isaac Lucas con, Brisbane City 19-0 QLD Country
29 min: Joseph Faulalo try, Isaac Lucas con, Brisbane City 26-0 QLD Country
39 min: Alexander Smit try, Isaac Henry con, Brisbane City 26-7 QLD Country
40 min: Nathan Carroll try, Isaac Lucas con, Brisbane City 33-7 QLD Country
63 min: William Rutherford try, Isaac Lucas con Brisbane City 40-7 QLD Country

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