Wednesday 21 February 2018 / 07:01 AM

Melbourne smash Brisbane City 79-18

McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City has suffered its first defeat of the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship, falling 79-18 to Melbourne Rising at Ballymore Stadium on Saturday.

Starved of possession, Brisbane City scored just three tries to Melbourne’s 11 as the visitors ran away with it in the second half.

Brisbane trailed 29-18 at half time, but a lack of intensity saw Melbourne score seven unanswered tries in the second half.

City’s tries were scored by Chris Kuridrani, Samu Kerevi and Liam Gill, with Jake McIntyre adding one conversion. The Rising scored tries to Jonah Placid, Telusa Veainu, Sefanaia Naivalu, Lopeti Timani (2), Tom English (4), Pat Leafa and Lloyd Johannson. Jack Debreczeni kicked six conversions, while Johannson added two.

Brisbane City head coach Nick Stiles said his side had failed to match the intensity of the visitors.

“I’m obviously very disappointed with the result. We knew it was going to be a very difficult game. We were playing against basically a Super Rugby side and they brought Super Rugby intensity to the game,” Stiles said.

“They were very physical at the breakdown and our attitude just didn’t match that physicality.”

The Rising had the bulk of the possession early in the game and took an early 5-0 lead, with Jonah Placid crossing in the corner following a break by flyhalf Jack Debreczeni.

Brisbane City were further disadvantaged shortly afterwards when scrumhalf Nick Frisby was sin-binned for taking a player out in the air.

The Rising immediately took advantage, pouncing on loose play by Brisbane City for Sefanaia Naivalu to run 50 metres to score. Debreczeni added the extras for Rising to lead 13-0.

Brisbane City finally got some possession and set up an attacking play from a five-metre lineout. The ball was then shifted wide to City centre Samu Kerevi who broke a tackle before offloading to winger Chris Kuridrani, who threw a dummy and strolled through. City flyhalf Jake McIntyre added the conversion and his side trailed 13-8.

City hit back on the 20-minute mark with Kerevi barrelling over in the corner, following nine phases inside the Rising’s 22-metre line. McIntyre missed the conversion and the scores were locked at 13-all.

The teams traded tries again, with Rising winger Tom English scoring his first of four tries, with the conversion taking their lead to 21-13.

City Number 8 Jake Schatz set up his side’s next effort with a strong run downfield before offloading to flanker Liam Gill, who ran six metres after contact to touch down. McIntyre missed the conversion and City trailed 21-18 late in the first half.

The Rising looked certain to score with five minutes to play in the first half, but knocked the ball on over the line. They made amends on the ensuing five-metre scrum, winning it against the feed and pushing City back to allow Number 8 Lopeti Timani to score the last try of the first half. Debreczeni added another conversion and the Rising led 29-13 at half time.

The second half started poorly for City, with returning Wallabies and Reds scrumhalf Will Genia sin-binned just minutes into his first game in three months.

The Rising dominated the remainder of the game, as the visitors poured on seven tries through Veainu, Timani, Johannson, Leafa and a hat-trick to English.

Stiles said his side would have to shift focus quickly, with a game against undefeated NSW Country Eagles in Lismore next Saturday, 13 September.

“The three weeks we’ve just had have been tough, so to come away with two wins is not a bad start. We’ve got NSW Country next weekend, which will be another really tough game. We’ve got to regroup, knuckle down and get back to working hard on Monday.”

Brisbane City 18 (C Kuridrani, S Kerevi, L Gill tries; J McIntyre 1 con) def. by Melbourne Rising 79 (J Placid, T Veainu, S Naivalu, L Timani 2 tries, Tom English 4 tries, Pat Leafa and Lloyd Johannson tries; J Debreczeni 6 cons, L Johannson 2 con) at Ballymore Stadium on Saturday 6 September 2014.

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