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Perth Spirit vs Brisbane City
National Rugby Championship, 1 October, 2017
|Fulltime - Perth Spirit 62, Brisbane City 28|
|Perth Spirit||Brisbane City|
|Referee: Nic Berry|
|Touch judges: Alex Ninkov & Kyle Burnett|
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The Spirit are coming off their second and biggest loss of the season, after travelling to Fiji to play the Drua.
Perth were no match for the home team, but plenty of uncharacteristic mistakes and lack of heart really didn’t help the final scoreline.
They now sit third on the ladder and their premiership defence is beginning to look vulnerable.
Despite the loss, Isi Naisarani was a complete force in attack, even more impressive considering the physicality of the Fijian defence. The big number eight played the full game and was the best on the ground, his side’s lone try-scorer, and completed 20 carries, beat six defenders, and had three clean line-breaks.
Brisbane City had the bye last week, having previously recorded good wins against the Drua and the Canberra Vikings. However, they are yet to establish themselves as a title contender.
Out of the Wallabies squad since July, Quade Cooper has flourished in the NRC, being instrumental in Brisbane’s victory over the Vikings. The No.10 shows no sign of slowing down, with his exciting, open style of play perfectly suited to this competiiton.
City have had their week off, which will hopefully have them fresh and prepared for a big game.
This could be the round of upsets and, with that in mind, City should out-enthuse their opponents.
Brisbane City to win 35-28.