NRC Wk 1: Bright Stars Fade As City Lights Shine In Competition Opener

by Paul Cook - Brisbane City ran in 37 unanswered points to recover from 20-8 down and defeat Sydney Stars 45-20 in an exciting opening match of the inaugural Buildcorp NRC at a wet and wild Ballymore last night. Ten tries and not one penalty shot at the posts was certainly a vindication of the law changes that have been introduced as Australia’s third tier competition got underway but a combined tally of over 60 missed tackles would have had the defence coaches watching through their fingers. A bright start from the visitors saw them bag four tries in an opening forty minutes of pace and precision but on a tough night for kickers, flyhalf Stu Dunbar couldn’t land any of the innovative 3pt conversions, restricting his side to 20pts from a potential 32. Those eight point tries proved crucial when
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