Brisbane City claimed a hard-fought 33 points to 28 victory over the Melbourne Rising at Bailey Reserve in Adelaide.
“It was a great effort from the boys, they showed a lot of mental toughness,” City coach Mick Heenan said.
“It keeps us in touch of the top four in the competition, but it’s also huge for our self belief that we can have a game like that where not everything is going right, but we just kept at it and played some good footy against a good team.
“[The Rising] made us a pay for a few sloppy plays in the first half, but we kept at it and persevered and played some good footy in the second half.
“It was a huge effort from [JP and Ruan] to play 80 minutes against four Super Rugby props so that was a massive effort and to win some scrum penalties late in the game too was huge for them.
“Adam Korczyk played a captain’s knock today and I thought Quade Cooper managed the game well at flyhalf too.
“The lineout was always going to be a bit difficult today, especially when we had a hooker coming in for the first time. Losing Brandon Paenga-Amosa to the Wallabies has an affect with continuity in the lineout and then Moli [Sooaemalelagi] struggled with a wrist injury he sustained in the first half. So Sean Farrell then comes on in his debut and did a great job, but it means the lineout was going to be tough.”