Country claim victory in Coffs
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
We are underway in Coffs Harbour at the BCU International
Stadium with the City
Team kicking off.
Mistake through a forward pass to Tim Mannah
is picked up by the referee. Scrum feed to the Country
team on their 40 metre line.
5 min: Nathan Merritt
just manages to push himself back into the field of play off a long kick from Country
working it off their own goal line.
6 min: Adam Reynolds
on the last play deciding to chip and chase but it's taken on halfway by Country
who start their set just inside the City
side of the line.
9 min: Adam Reynolds
kick through the defence is allowed to roll dead by Uate, 20 metre tap for Country
Forward pass ruled by the referee from Michael Ennis
as he looked for a play down the right side. Scrum feed for the City
team on their 40 metre line.
18 min: UNFORCED ERROR COUNTRY 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.
Kick from City
on the last tackle is kicked to the touchline and it's allowed to bounce over the sideline. Scrum feed for Country
on their 20 metre line.
Great work from Uate to get back into the field of play off the kick from short grubber from Wade Graham
on the last tackle.
Jorge Taufau takes the kick on the 4th tackle from Country
on the 20 metre line and is crunched in a tackle by the chasers from Country
Penalty give against Andrew Fifita
for failing to clear the ruck of Uate in the tackle. Country
take the kick for touch and attack 40 metres from their own line.
26 min: UNFORCED ERROR COUNTRY
**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.
32 min: James Tedesco
doing great covering defence at the back as he stops the 40/20 attempt from James Maloney
working it 20 metres from their own goal line.
Great curving kick from James Maloney
on the last tackle, rolled along the left touchline as it was collected by Nathan Merritt
. He looks like he has shifted to fullback with James Tedesco
36 min: Tim Mannah
drops the ball off the line drop out as he charged into James Tamou
for the first tackle.
Penalty to the Country
team for a slow release in the ruck against Adam Reynolds
kick for touch and will attack 30 metres from the City
Zero tackle for the Country
team as the long pass from Country
is knocked down by City
Penalty to the City
against James Maloney
for hand on the ball in the ruck after the held call. City
are attacking 5 metres short of halfway.
HALF TIME at BCU International
Stadium in Coffs Harbour, the Country
side rolling through their sets and showing stronger attack and hold a 12-0 lead over City
46 min: TRY CITY
Scored by Adam Reynolds
. Conversion attempt by 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
48 min: 40/20 CITYAdam 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.
49 min: James Tedesco
makes a mistake with the ball, Country
final get a chance with the ball through a scrum feed.
Peanlty to the Country
team against Andrew Fifita
for not clearng the ruck, hand on the ball in the ruck.
Idris and Michael Gordon
not talking as he dropped the short pass. Country
looked to reform themselves but coming undone quickly.
70 min: Adam Reynolds
is caught on the last, after a massive run from Nathan Peats
who almost went over off a pass from Jennings.
Penalty to City
ruled offside at the play of the ball. City
kick for touch and attack 30 metres from their own line.
76 min: City
with a chance for points with a scrum feed 10 metres from the Country
line. 3 minutes to play, Country
Video referee says NO TRY for Jorge Taufau as his legs were over the sideline as he grounded the ball. Country
FULL TIME at the BCU International
Stadium in Coffs Harbour sees the Country
Origin side hold on and defeat the City
Origin team 18-12.