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
Country: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Akuila Uate 3. Jamal Idris 4. Jack Wighton 5. James McManus 6. James Maloney 7. Josh McCrone 8. Willie Mason 9. Michael Ennis (c) 10. Aiden Tolman 11. Josh Jackson 12. Boyd Cordner 13. Trent Merrin
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
1 min: We are underway in Coffs Harbour at the BCU International Stadium with the City Team kicking off.
2 min: Curtis Sironen with a kick on the last tackle gives the Country side a 20 metre tap.
3 min: James Maloney drops the ball for the Country team on the 20 metre line and it's a zero tackle for the City team
3 min: 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. City 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.
7 min: 40/20 CITY
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.
9 min: Adam Reynolds kick through the defence is allowed to roll dead by Uate, 20 metre tap for Country
10 min: 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.
11 min: City trying to push the pass wide to Michael Jennings on the left side from Ryan Hoffman is dropped. Scrum feed to the Country side on their 10 metre line.
13 min: Kick from James Maloney on the last play is collected by James Tedesco on his own goal line and the Country defence meet him at the 10 metre line.
14 min: Jamal Idris dived for the line off a short kick from Michael Ennis, it’s knocked over the dead ball line by City. Line drop out for Country.
17 min: TRY COUNTRY
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.
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.
20 min: 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.
23 min: 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.
23 min: 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
24 min: Adam Reynolds with a beautiful kick hits the uprights and Michael Gordon is taken 1 metre from the goal line.
25 min: 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.
29 min: TRY COUNTRY
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
30 min: The kick on the last from Michael Ennis is allowed to roll dead by James Tedesco, 20 metre tap for the City team.
32 min: James Tedesco doing great covering defence at the back as he stops the 40/20 attempt from James Maloney. City working it 20 metres from their own goal line.
34 min: 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 not 100%.
35 min: City earn a line drop out with a towering bomb from Adam Reynolds as Michael Jennings chased through and forced Michael Gordon back in goal.
36 min: Tim Mannah drops the ball off the line drop out as he charged into James Tamou for the first tackle.
37 min: Penalty to the Country team for a slow release in the ruck against Adam Reynolds. Country kick for touch and will attack 30 metres from the City goal line.
38 min: Zero tackle for the Country team as the long pass from Country is knocked down by City
39 min: Lucky for City, James Maloney took on the defence of City but drops it at th goal line
39 min: 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.
40 min: 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.
41 min: TRY CITY
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
43 min: Penalty to the City team against Country as Adam Reynolds was taken late off the kick by Alex McKinnon. City attacking 20m out
46 min: TRY CITY
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
48 min: 40/20 CITY
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.
49 min: James Tedesco makes a mistake with the ball, Country final get a chance with the ball through a scrum feed.
53 min: Peanlty to the Country team against Andrew Fifita for not clearng the ruck, hand on the ball in the ruck.
57 min: Idris and Michael Gordon not talking as he dropped the short pass. Country looked to reform themselves but coming undone quickly.
61 min: Joel Reddy is forced to take the kick dead from James Maloney, so it's a line drop out for the Country team.
62 min: Alex McKinnon drops the ball as he took the pass, he was taken in a big tackle by Michael Jennings, scrum feed to the City side on their 20 metre line.
65 min: Jack Wighton jumped for the high ball, it was droped into the hands of Michael Jennings who was unable to take the catch.
67 min: TRY COUNTRY
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
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.
74 min: Penalty to City after Country 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 18-12
78 min: Video referee says NO TRY for Jorge Taufau as his legs were over the sideline as he grounded the ball. Country lead 18-12.
80 min: 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.