Highlights: Brisbane City goes back-to-back in NRC

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    Queensland Reds fans may finally have something to cheer about after Brisbane City sealed back-to-back National Rugby Championship (NRC) titles on Saturday.

    Brisbane City became the first NRC team to finish a season undefeated when they downed University of Canberra Vikings 21-10 in the grand final in front of a 4327-strong Ballymore crowd.

    They are now on a record 14-game winning streak that began in round eight last year.

    Brisbane led 13-10 at halftime before interchange regular Alex Gibbon’s 73rd minute try iced the result.

    Brisbane City featured a strong core of Queensland Reds Super Rugby squad members, including halfback and man of the match Nick Frisby.

    Coach Nick Stiles believed his team’s success should spill over to the Reds next Super Rugby season – much to Queensland fans’ relief.

    The Reds are still reeling from a horror, injury-riddled 2015 season in which they finished third last with a 4-12 record.

    Stiles reckoned the Reds would be the direct beneficiary of the combinations further developed in their record-breaking run, including Frisby and Jake McIntyre, a likely replacement for Quade Cooper at fve eighth.

    “It’s very exciting for Queensland Reds fans,” said Stiles, who is also Reds forwards coach.

    “To think we’ve got a lot of combinations in today’s game for Brisbane City who will theoretically be starting combinations for the Reds next year.

    “And throw in (World Cup Wallabies) James Slipper, Greg Holmes, Rob Simmons and it shows the platform we are going to have up front.”

    Brisbane City beat the Vikings 37-31 three weeks ago and another free-flowing affair was expected.

    However, an at times scrappy encounter developed as Brisbane City defied the Vikings monster pack featuring six Brumbies players led by Ben Alexander.

    “That was the hardest game we have played this year,” Brisbane City captain Liam Gill said. “We had to step up and we did.”

    Stiles was not surprised by the grand final arm wrestle.

    “We put a lot of work into our defence this season with this grand final in mind,” he said.

    “It didn’t happen by accident.”

    Canberra’s five-eighth, former Wallaby Christian Lealiifano, was again outstanding but could not stop the Vikings suffering just their second loss of the year – each to Brisbane City.

    Vikings winger Francis Fainifo – replacing Jerome Niumata in the starting side – scored off a scrum in the second minute, making it Canberra’s fastest try of the year.

    Both sides traded tries before Frisby weaved his way over to score in the 32nd minute to give the hosts the 13-10 halftime buffer.

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    The Crowd Says (4)

    • November 1st 2015 @ 2:18am
      lao hu said | November 1st 2015 @ 2:18am | ! Report

      hopefully the NRC can scale new heights next year.

    • November 1st 2015 @ 5:43am
      Mike said | November 1st 2015 @ 5:43am | ! Report

      Many years of Broncos dominance in league, now this.

      Its not the start of a dynasty, unless they keep doing it of course…

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      November 1st 2015 @ 9:19pm
      Paulo said | November 1st 2015 @ 9:19pm | ! Report

      Recorded the game and watched today, some great rugby.

      • November 2nd 2015 @ 9:48am
        Dave_S said | November 2nd 2015 @ 9:48am | ! Report

        yes great to watch and also great to see old Ballymore being put to good use too.

        I hope the ARU keeps supporting this comp, it has real potential to both build grassroots support and develop young and fringe players up to super rugby level. As Laine says, this has been a godsend for the Reds development for 2016

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