It’s a MASSIVE Sunday Afternoon of Rugby League, as Representative Weekend kicks up a gear… After the washout on Friday Night at Suncorp Stadium, we have a DOUBLE-HEADER this afternoon, and first up, it’s the annual State of Origin selection shootout for our New South Wales players… It’s City against Country, LIVE from McDonald’s Park in Wagga Wagga.
Hello everyone. Welcome to a massive Sunday afternoon of Football… we’ll take you from here all the way up to Suncorp at the completion of this match, as we get a Daytime Test between Australia and New Zealand, for the first time since 2012.
First up though, as I said, it is City against Country… we reckon anywhere between six and eight Origin jerseys are up for grabs here, and it should be a lot of fun.
Here’s the teams for you.
1. Matt Moylan
2. James Tedesco
3. James Roberts
4. Waqa Blake
6. Josh Reynolds
7. Blake Austin
13. Tyrone Peachy
12. Wade Graham (c)
11. Curtis Sironen
10. David Klemmer
9. Nathan Peats
8. Andrew Fifita
14. Joseph Paulo
15. Reagan Campbell-Gillard
16. Kane Evans
17. Jason Clark
18th Man: Bryce Cartwright
Coach: Brad Fittler
1. David Mead
2. Akuila Uate
3. Jarrod Croker
4. Jack Wighton
5. James McManus
6. James Maloney (c)
7. Jack Bird
13. Josh Jackson
12. Tyson Frizell
11. Joel Thompson
10. Kade Snowden
9. Ryan Hinchcliffe
8. Dale Finucane
14. Mitch Rein
15. Paul Vaughan
16. Tariq Sims
17. Ryan James
18th Man: Shannon Boyd
Coach: Trent Barrett
Referees: Adam Devcich & Alan Shortall
Television: Live on Channel Nine (AUS)
NSW/ACT/QLD/NT | 1:30pm AEST on NINE
VIC/TAS/SA/WA | 1:30pm AEST on GEM
Last Time They Played
City 26-26 Country
Caltex Park, Dubbo
City raced home last year, stealing a draw from the clutches of defeat, and they’ll be looking to go one better this year, and grab a win.
Beautiful day in the Riverina… terrific crowd in attendance, and they’re in for a great 80 minutes of football.
Calling the action for you from Wagga, are Brett Finch, Andrew Johns and Tim Gilbert!
5th Minute | Beautiful dummy-half play from City… a run down the sideline, and an incredible flick back inside from Toupu, and they have first points in this match. A try to Blake Austin.
The conversion is unsuccessful, and City have the lead by 4 points to nil.
12th Minute | Again the short side has worked for City… they got the overlap.. Tedesco found some space, got the ball away to Blake Austin, who has his second try of the afternoon. It’s 8-0, and with a Matt Moylan conversion, it’s 10-0 after 13, in favour of the City side.
26th Minute | A try to James McManus sees Country put points on the board for the first time… conversion successful as well, and it’s 10-6 in favour of City!
30th Minute | Brilliant try for Akuila Uate has Country in front in Wagga… the winger scored the try, Maloney converted, and it’s a 2-point lead to the hosts.
HALF-TIME in Wagga… It’s 12-10, Country leading City… on a massive Sunday Afternoon of Rugby League.
In the other game currently underway, the Queensland Residents lead the NSW Cup representative side 18-16.
Test Match Football coming up at 4pm, but the second half from Wagga is next!
Of course, the Women’s Test Match, Australia v New Zealand was also postponed on Friday Night. That game is also at HT, with the Aussies leading 10-4!
2:41pm | We’re back underway in Wagga Wagga.
43rd Minute | Try to David Mead… the Country fullback gets the first of the second half… it’s 16-10 with a kick to come, and it’s a simple on for Maloney, who doesn’t miss them… the lead is 8. Country in control now!
53rd Minute | Tariq Sims scores for Country, and they’ve raced out to a 14-point lead over City… Sims busted through the defence, and they couldn’t stop him… great result for Sims and his team.
56th Minute | City are back in it… great play, with the numbers, they got the ball to Tedesco, and the winger has scored, to put City back in the game… a successful conversion from Moylan brings the margin back to 8 with 24 to play.
63rd Minute | Another try for Blake Austin… some interesting play in the build-up… some clever footy, and for Austin, it’s his third of the day, and now we’re set for a cracking finish here. 24-22… and City charging home with the momentum.
75th Minute | Country go over… that could be the ball game. Wighton scores in the corner, but the kick is unsuccessful… 28-22 with five to play.
78th Minute | Croker… Croker for the line… it’s OVER. Croker seals victory for Country… the conversion is successful… and that’s a wrap.
FULL TIME | Country 34 defeat City 22.
The Man of the Match is James Maloney.
Job done for Country, in front of a very good crowd here at McDonald’s Park… standby, as we continue our massive Sunday Afternoon of Football in just a few moments, with the ANZAC Test between Australia and New Zealand LIVE from Suncorp Stadium… we’ve waited two days longer for this than we planned, so the anticipation is high.
That game starts at 4pm. We’ll bring it to you LIVE, but for the moment, from Wagga, it’s good afternoon!