Brisbane City too good for Rays, get first win of 2018

Brisbane City have run in nine tries to claim a 61-40 win against the Sydney Rays at Woollahra Oval in Sydney.

Lachlan Maranta, Sam Wallis and Matt Gordon each scored two tries, while Quade Cooper collected a personal haul of 19 points as City ensured the Rays remained winless this seaso

After going down in their opening two matches, Brisbane City head coach Mick Heenan was pleased to be on the right side of the scoreline this week.

“We needed to win and get off the mark in the competition and to do it with a bonus point was great,” said Heenan.

“Looking at the draw it always going to be tough for us in the first two weeks, but there were no excuses today and we prepared really well during the week and I was just really pleased we could show what we could do.

“I’m happy with our attack, we’ve got a bit of work to do on our defence as things got a bit ragged towards the end of the game which was disappointing, so we’ve got to develop a harder edge in defence and it’s something we’ll work on next week.

“Maranta had an impressive start to the game, but unfortunately did his hamstring soon after that so he could be out for a little while. Pat Morrey got injured too – looks like a shoulder or AC joint, but we’re not sure how serious it is just yet and Jayden looks like a significant ankle injury,” said Heenan.

Scoreboard

Sydney Rays 40 (Vui, Fitzpatrick, Palmer, Short, Clements, Harrison tries. Kane 5 conversions) defeated by McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City 61 (Penalty try, Maranta 2, Wallis 2, Gordon 2, Cooper, McReight tries. Cooper 7 conversions) at Woollahra Oval, Sydney.

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