The Country Origin team have claimed the 2013 Country vs. City Origin match over City Origin, 18-12 at the BCU International Stadium with a small crowd of 4,635.
The Country Origin side started their roll on quickly in the opening half of football with a strong push from their prop forwards. The first points game came mid-first half as Josh McCrone sliced through a gap thanks to a cut out pass from James Maloney. The second first half try was posted by Newcastle Knights' flyer Akuila Uate, who managed to power through two City defenders to score.
City struggled in the first half of football as they trailed 12-0 at the break.
The second half saw City Origin come out of the blocks quickly scoring two tries in six minutes. Andrew Fifita opened the engine and charged straight through Country defence running off a great pass from Wade Graham.
Adam Reynolds' talents lead to the City's second try as he crafted a short grubber kick for himself which saw him dart over under the posts. After 46 minutes, the game tied at 12-all.
Country Origin did not have possession for the first 10 minutes of the second half, but the tide turned with the Country Origin prop forwards regaining control.
The final points of the match were claimed by James McManus who managed to dive over after taking a beautiful basketball offload from Knight's teammate Akulia Uate.
The City side unable to fight back in the final ten minutes as they were defeated, 18-12. The only real injury concern of the match was Wests Tigers, James Tedesco who suffered a hip pointer late in the second half.
Country 18 City 12
Venue: BCU International Stadium
Halftime Score: Country 12-0
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Adam Reynolds
2 points - Ryan Hoffman
1 point - Aiden Tolman
Tries: Josh McCrone, Akuila Uate, James McManus
Conversions: James Maloney (3/3)
Tries: Adam Reynolds, Andrew Fifita
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (2/2)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Interchange: 14. Sam Williams 15. Tariq Sims 16. Ryan James 17. Alex McKinnon 18. Beau Ryan
City: 1. James Tedesco 2. Nathan Merritt 3. Michael Jennings 4. Joel Reddy 5. Jorge Taufua 6. Curtis Sironen 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tim Grant 9. Nathan Peats 10. Tim Mannah 11. Tony Williams 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Feleti Mateo
Interchange: 14. Wade Graham 15. Andrew Fifita 16. Tom Symonds 17. Adam Cuthbertson 18. Jamie Buhrer
Adam Reynolds kicks a 40/20.
40/20 for the City side as Adam Reynolds nails the kick away from Michael Gordon who fails to clean up the ball. Chance for the City team with a scrum feed 20 metres from the Country line.
Scored by Josh McCrone. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Josh McCrone sliced through a simple gap with a "show and go" off a cut out pass from James Maloney. James Maloney converts from next to the posts easily.
Jack Wighton makes an unforced error.
Jack Wighton dropped the ball after a massive run from the Country side with great running play from Maloney and Ennis.
**PLAYER1** makes an unforced error.
Knock on from James Tedesco as he tried to break away from the tacklers after City collected the high ball from Country. Chance for Country 20 metres from City goal line with a scrum feed.
Scored by Akuila Uate. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
Akuila Uate charge and powers through the City defence off a basketball pass from Josh Jackson. Crashed through two City defenders. James Maloney from the right sideline is successful with the kick. Country 12-0
Scored by Andrew Fifita. Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds successful.
Nathan Merritt started quickly down the left wing, threw a massive inside pass to Hoffman. He linked with Wade Graham who threw an inside pass to Andrew Fifita who charged through the Country defence and crashed over next to the posts. Adam Reynolds converted
Scored by Adam Reynolds. Conversion attempt by Adam Reynolds successful.
Adam Reynolds off a long pass from Wade Graham, he put in a grubber kick for himself collected the loose ball off the Country legs and cleaned up to score. He converts his own try, game locked at 12-all
Adam Reynolds kicks a 40/20.
40/20 from Adam Reynolds! This is crazy, Reynolds on fire. City with all the ball after 48 minutes. City going on the attack again.
Scored by James McManus. Conversion attempt by James Maloney successful.
James McManus scores off a beautiful basketball pass offload from Akulia Uate! Great play. James Maloney with the conversion from the touchline is successful