City clicking at right time of year

NRC
by Sam Phillips

It took the majority of the NRC season but as the pointy end approaches, Quade Cooper and Brisbane City are starting to click.

City were dominant in a 51-24 win over the Rising and the performance was underlined by the way Cooper controlled the match from flyhalf in conditions rarely seen in the age of well drained rugby fields across the nation.

The extreme wet weather did not deter a City side determined to put points on the board, as they played near perfect attacking rugby despite rain quite literally falling sideways.

That was all part of the pregame mindset, according to City's star flyhalf.

"I was proud of the effort in terms of the boys coming out there and just backing our skills," Cooper said.It was a wet one at Wests on Sunday. Photo: Sportography/Karen Cutler"Going out there despite the conditions and just enjoying our football.

"From the first moment when we stepped out onto the paddock for the warmup, we looked around and the field was like a pond.

"We just said let's have some fun, it's just like when we were kids so we wanted to go out there, have fun and enjoy it."

The win was City's first back-to-back result this season and that has the team brimming with confidence, now they have momentum at their backs.

"The turning point was when we went over to Perth and had that pretty bad loss," Cooper said.

"We had gone win-loss-win-loss and it kind of clicked in the boys' heads that we can't be a team that's inconsistent like that.Cooper has been in fine form for City. Photo: QRU Media/Meggie Whitchurch"If we want to be a team that can win this competition and we want to be serious about winning we need to learn to win back-to-back.

"Finals are coming up soon and to be there at the end you have to win a semi and then win a final the week after."

City return to Ballymore this Saturday to take on the Rams and Cooper hopes that will help lift the side to their third straight victory, with their Wallabies set to resume regular duties in the Bledisloe Cup match at Suncorp Stadium.

"Ballymore is the home of rugby," Cooper said.

"I always look forward to playing out here.

"It always has a great vibe and I know that as we start to see the stands and the hill fill, it's always a great atmosphere.

"I can't wait to get back here and get that third win in a row."

Brisbane City take on the Greater Sydney Rams at Ballymore on Saturday, kicking off at 2pm local, 3pm AEDT, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS.

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