A solid 80-minute display from Brisbane City has given them a 39-24 win over Queensland Country at Sci Fleet Stadium.
Lead well around the park by fly half Quade Cooper, City registered five tries to three in what was a physical encounter.
Cooper was sound in all aspects of the game, his quality of passing and ability to back up the ball with Reds teammate Karmichael Hunt a feature of the home side’s win.
The intensity was strong from the get go between the two Queensland sides and Hunt made sure his presence was felt with quick line speed and intent in the tackle.
The first 15-minutes of the match were littered with scrums and stoppages as both sides tried to find their groove into the game, before Country fly-half Hamish Stewart broke the deadlock with a five-pointer on the back of a strong run from electric winger Filipo Daugunu.
City were quick to respond just two minutes later, a vintage Cooper offload instigating a strong of quick passes, before skipper Adam Korczyk found the chalk to get his team on the board.
Two back-to-back penalties gave Country a chance inside City’s half, and in the 32nd minute, hooker Efi Ma’afu burrowed his way over to extend Country’s lead.
A deliberate foul in a clear try scoring opportunity saw Hamish Stewart sent to the bin for a 10-minute spell, and City capitalised on their one-man advantage instantly with Con Foley stepping his way over the line, before Matt Gordon barged over in the last play before half-time to give City slickers a 10-point lead at half-time.
Queensland Country came out of the blocks with a bang in the second stanza, replacement Tom Lucas scoring 60 seconds after he came on and bridging City’s lead back to just five points.
However, as it had happened in the first half, City were quick to hit back and did so courtesy of second-rower Nathan Den Hoedt.
Twice Queensland Country worked their way into City’s 22m zone within the last 20 minutes, but gave away penalties on both occasions, missing golden opportunities to get themselves back into the contest.
Just nine minutes remained when City extended their lead to 15 points, replacement hooker Sean Farrell breaking off the back of a strong rolling maul and taking two defenders, and ultimately the game, with him in the process.
Country scored a final try through Tate McDermott but it wasn't enough to stop the home side registering their third victory on the trot.
They will now play NSW Country Eagles next round at Camden Rugby Club on Sunday, whilst Queensland Country will look to get back in the winner’s circle when they take on the Sydney Rays at home next Saturday.
Tries: Korczyk, Foley, Gordon, Den Hoedt, Farrell
Conversions: Cooper (3)
Penalty Goals: Cooper (2)
Tries: Stewart, Ma’afu, Lucas, McDermott
Conversions: Stewart (2)
Yellow Cards: Stewart (32’)Keep up with all the stats here.
City to take on Country
IN: Feao Fotuaika, James Dalgleish, Tuaina Tualima
OUT: Dillon Wihongi, Will Eadie, Misioka Timotea
1. JP. Smith – Reds/GPS
2. Moli Sooaemalelagi – Sunnybank
3. Ruan Smith – Reds/GPS
4. Zach Moimoi – Bond University
5. Nathan Den Hoedt - Sunnybank
6. Adam Korczyk – Reds/University of Queensland ©
7. Matt Gicquel – GPS
8. Sam Wallis – University of Queensland
9. Scott Gale – University of Queensland
10. Quade Cooper – Reds/Souths
11. Jaye Thompson – GPS
12. Matt Gordon – Easts
13. Tautalatasi Tasi – Souths
14. Con Foley – University of Queensland
15. Karmichael Hunt – Reds/Souths
16. Sean Farrell – University of Queensland
17. Josh Nasser – University of Queensland
18. Feao Fotuaika – Souths
19. Jale Vakaloloma – Easts
20. Tuaina Tualima – Sunnybank
21. Fraser McReight – Brothers
22. Moses Sorovi – Reds/Wests
23. James Dalgleish – University of Queensland
Country to take on City
IN: Rob Puliuvea, Harry Nucifora, Chris Feauai-Sautia
OUT: Nuku Swerling, James Tuttle, Tony Hunt, Sunia Finefueaki
1. Richie Asiata - Easts
2. Efi Ma’afu - Wests
3. James Slipper – Bond University – Gold Coast
4. Harry Hockings – Reds/University of Queensland – Bowen
5. Angus Blyth – Reds/Bond University – Gold Coast
6. Angus Scott-Young – Reds/University of Queensland
7. Tom Kibble - GPS
8. Harry Wilson – Brothers*
9. Tate McDermott – Reds/University of Queensland – Sunshine Coast
10. Hamish Stewart – Reds/Bond University – Pittsworth
11. Filipo Daugunu - Reds/Wests
12. Duncan Paia’aua – Reds/Norths - Rockhampton
13. Chris Feauai-Sautia – Reds/Souths
14. Jock Campbell - University of Queensland – Gold Coast
15. Jordan Petaia - Reds/Wests
16. Alex Casey - Souths
17. Harry Hoopert - Reds/Brothers – Jondaryn
18. Jake Simeon - Souths
19. Rob Puli’uvea – Wests
20. Michael Wood – Brothers
21. Harry Nucifora – Bond University/Gold Coast
22. Patrick James - Brothers
23. Tom Lucas – Sunnybank/Rockhampton