Welcome to another Hello Sir sports wrap. There were a few
surprise results and almost wins from the weekend, which made things all the
more enjoyable to watch. Let’s take a look at what went down.
VIKINGS INTO NRC FINALS
The Canberra Vikings made their way into the National Rugby finals with a 13-10
win over Brisbane City. In wet and sloppy conditions it was hard for the match to
flow, however there were times Brisbane City made it look like it was a dry track.
The Vikings benefited from having Tom Banks back from rep duties as he sliced
through the defence to set up the first try and only try for Len Ikitau for the
Vikings. Brisbane would strike back with a try to flyhalf Quade Cooper. Penalty
goals either side of half time gave the Vikings a 13-5 lead. Brisbane were able to
get within 3 points when Brendon Paenga-Amosa crossed however Cooper was
unable to kick the conversion. After the gutsy win the Vikings will now travel to
Fiji for second time in two weeks for the semi final.
KIWIS UPSET THE KANGAROOS
The New Zealand Kiwis have beaten their more fancied rivals the Australian
Kangaroos 26-24 in Auckland on Saturday night. The Kangaroos started the
game strongly scoring in the first two minutes with some good play down the left
hand side for Valentine Holmes to score the first try. The Kiwis would strike back
with tries to Ken Maumelo and Joseph Manu to be 8-6 before Tom Trbojevic
made a break and sent Dane Gagai over for try for a 12-6 half time lead. The
Kiwis hit the lead 13 minutes after half time with a try to Brandon Smith. Tries to
Esan Masters and Joseph Manu would see the Kiwis jump out to a 26-12 lead.
The kangaroos did mount a late comeback with tries to Felise Kaufusi and then
James Tedesco but it was a too little too late as the Kiwis held on to win 26-24.
JILLAROOS HOLD ON TO DEFEAT KIWI FERNS
In the Women’s international match, the Australian Jillaroos held on to beat the
New Zealand Kiwi Ferns 26-24. The Jillaroos open the scoring through winger
Julia Robinson after some nice lead up work from five-eighth Ali Brigginshaw.
Brigginshaw then stepped her way past the Kiwi ferns defence to score and
extend their lead to 12-0 before the Kiwi Ferns got a try to winger Langi Veainu
to make the score 12-4 at halftime. The second produced some great rugby
league with the Kiwi Ferns scoring twice to take the lead 14-12 but only for a few
minutes before the Jillaroos would hit back once again taking the lead through a
try to Tazmin Gray making it 18-12. Kiwi ferns Centre Maitua Feterika was able
to get the scores level again before Isabelle Kelly scored a long range try to give
the Jillaroos a 22-18 lead and setting up an exciting final 12 minutes.
Bench forward Amber Kani gave the Kiwi Ferns the lead but Isabelle Kelly the
match winner to secure the victory.
UC CAPITALS OPEN SEASON WITH WIN
The University of Canberra Capitals have gotten their WNBL campaign off to a
winning start with a defeating the Sydney University Flames 97-78. Kia Nurse
starred for the Capitals scoring 26 points with 3 rebounds and 3 assists and
picking up the player of the round while Lauren Scherf scored 22 points, 5
rebounds and 4 assists. For the Flames Alex Bunton Scored 27 points with 7
rebounds and 3 assists.
Cover Image @canberra_vikings