NRC: Brisbane City and Rams announce teams for Horan-little shield clash

by staff

McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City return to Ballymore this Saturday to take on the Greater Sydney Rams in the final regular-season round of the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC) for 2015. 


In Round 8, Brisbane City kept their unbeaten record alive with a hard-fought 37–31 victory over a Super Rugby-laden University of Canberra Vikings outfit in Canberra. The Rams head into Saturday’s match following a 63-39 loss to the Perth Spirit in Western Australia. 


Brisbane City head coach Nick Stiles has made just the one change to his starting team, with two further changes on the bench for Saturday’s Horan-Little Shield Final. The solitary change sees outside back Alex Gibbon promoted to the starting XV in place of Chris Kuridrani on the right wing.


The front-row of Pettowa Paraka, Andrew Ready and Sam Talakai have been front-and-centre of City’s charge this year and they are supported by the industrious Ben Hyne and Cadeyrn Neville in the second-row. Adam Korczyk made a successful return to NRC action last week, as did captain Liam Gill alongside Waita Setu in the back-row.


In the backline, vice-captain Nick Frisby and Jake McIntyre continue their successful partnership with the latter currently the competition’s leading points-scorer (97). Henry Taefu and Samu Kerevi resume their solid combination in the centres with Junior Laloifi, the competition’s leading try-scorer (11), and Karmichael Hunt rounding out the backline.


On the bench, Ryan Freney has been selected ahead of Markus Vanzati this week, and will be joined by Matt Mafi and Feao Fotuaika as the front-row reserves. Easts lock James Moore had a strong performance off the bench in Canberra, as did Brothers back-rower Luke Beauchamp. Moses Sorovi continues as City’s reserve scrumhalf and he is joined by two of South’s best backs this year, Mika Tela and Andy Muirhead.


Stiles said that his team is ready for the match against the Greater Sydney Rams after two tough away games. 


“We are really looking forward to playing at Ballymore again in front of our loyal home fans. They have been very supportive over the past two seasons and we all really get a lift when we play at home,” Stiles said. 


“The Horan-Little Shield is up for grabs on Saturday and it is important that we try and keep that Shield in Queensland and hopefully share it with the fans after the match.”


When asked about the changes, Stiles said it is essential to give everyone in his squad an opportunity this season and to reward players who have been working hard behind the scenes.


“We have selected Alex this week because he has been a very good contributor over the last month off the bench and deserves another starting opportunity. 


“The same goes for Mika Tela who is coming off the bench this week. He played very well for Souths during their Premiership run in Queensland Premier Rugby. He has also performed in every opportunity he has had with City this year and has earned another opportunity.”


Meanwhile, Greater Sydney Rams boss Jim Williams has been forced into several changes to his starting XV. 


Cameron Orr, Siliva Siliva and Sam Needs all return to the starting front row this week. Cam Betham reverts to the bench, with Max Holland joining as reserve hooker. Kelly Meafua will start at blindside flanker this week, Jono Hayes moving to openside and Cohen Masson to the back of the scrum in the Number 8 role. Sevaro Domoni is on the bench, hoping for his first game of the season.


QRU has introduced a new ticket offer for the 2015 season, with registered junior club participants under the age of 16 given free entry to any Queensland-based NRC game when accompanied by a paying adult.


Tickets start at just $5 for juniors, $10 for concession and $15 for adults when purchased online prior to the match.


Tickets can be purchased at    


Saturday’s match kicks off at 3:30pm (AEST) and the match will also be live streamed at


Brisbane City team to play Greater Sydney Rams:

1. Pettowa Paraka – Reds/Easts

2. Andrew Ready – Reds/Easts

3. Sam Talakai – Reds/GPS

4. Corey Thomas - GPS 

5. Cadeyrn Neville – Reds/Manly

6. Waita Setu - GPS

7. Liam Gill (C) – Reds/Sunnybank

8. Adam Korczyk – Reds/University of Queensland

9. Nick Frisby – Reds/GPS

10. Jake McIntyre – Reds/Sunnybank

11. Junior Laloifi – Sunnybank

12. Henry Taefu – Sunnybank 

13. Samu Kerevi – Reds/GPS

14. Alex Gibbon – Southern Districts

15. Karmichael Hunt – Reds/Brothers


16. Matt Mafi - Brothers 

17. Ryan Freney - GPS

18. Feao Fotuaika - Sunnybank

19. Ben Hyne - Brothers 

20. Luke Beauchamp - Brothers

21. Moses Sorovi – University of Queensland

22. Mika Tela – Souths  

23. Andy Muirhead - Souths


Greater Sydney Rams team to play Brisbane City:

1. Cameron Orr

2. Silivia Siliva

3. Sam Needs

4. Will Munro

5. Jack Douglas

6. Kelly Meafau

7. Jono Hayes

8. Cohen Masson

9. Dewet Roos

10. Paul Asquith

11. Afa Pakalani

12. Michael McDougall

13. Jordan Heyer

14. Brad Curtis

15. Brenden Hartmann


16. Max Holland

17. Matt Gibbon

18. Cameron Betham

19. Brad Kapa

20. Sevaro Domoni

21. Kaleb Rech

22. Rohan Saifoloi

23. Matt Teki