Canberra Vikings (@1.44) vs Brisbane City (@3.0)

Our Prediction:

Canberra Vikings will win

Canberra Vikings – Brisbane City Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 00:00

With a bonus-point secured as it stood, the Canberra side pushed to consolidate their advantage and they did in the 52ndminute. Two of the Brumbies best young-talents, Len Ikitau and Mack Hansen combined in close quarters with the former able to walk in for the Vikings sixth of the day. Hawera, as he had done all day, turned five into seven from the sideline.

The ray of sunshine for the Sydneysiders didnt last long. The Vikings regained their three-try cushion in the 32ndminute when a juggernaut Canberra scrum gave referee Damon Murphy no option but to award the visitors a penalty try. Sydney nabbed a lifeline in the 18thminute when Latu Latunipulu raced over for a well worked try, converted beautifully by Will Harrison.

Playing against the wind, the Vikings would have been content going into the break 10-points to the good. The Force pounced late in the half however, their strong forward pack pushing them into the Vikings 22. The Vikings number eventually ran out, allowing Henry Taefu to slip through for Perths second of the afternoon. Prior swiped the conversion over with ease, the score now 17-14.

Rory spent three seasons at the Brumbies before moving his career to Ulster, only moving back to Canberra to buy a caf with former Brumby Matt Toomua. The appointment of former ACT Brumbies prop Rory, is another testament to the pathways provided by the NRC. Now Rory will get the opportunity to put what he learnt as a player in to practice, an opportunity he is ready to take on.

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Canberra Vikings Head Coach Nick Scrivener has made one change for the visit of Western Force to Viking Park on Sunday placing faith in the team that swamped Sydney Rays 54-17 at Concord Oval in Sydney in Round 2.The only change is an enforced one as Mack Hansen is drafted into the team at fullback with Andrew Muirhead switched to the left wing in place of the unavailable Chance Peni.

Rugby supporters in Canberra will be able to get their fix in forthcoming months for nothing with news that entry into Canberra Vikings three home matches in the 2018 National Rugby Championship [NRC] will be free.The decision means that the rugby community will be able to attend the trio of home matches scheduled for September for nothing, taking in what should be some exciting, fast-paced and exhilarating rugby with the NRC renowned for being full of outrageous moves and bags of tries.It is important to us that the local rugby community has access to a quality competition and by allowing all spectators free entry in 2018 we hope that we can also play our part in growing the game, Vikings Group CEO Anthony Hill commented.By not charging at the gate, we can instead hopefully gather some donations and raise much needed funds to go towards worthy causes like the current drought relief campaign and Vikings Group Charity of the Year Marymead, who we aim to raise $100,000 for this financial year.Vikings will welcome Queensland Country in a rematch of the 2017 NRC Grand Final to kick-off their home fixture in 2018, the game kicking-off at 5pm on Saturday 1 September.The revitalised Western Force are the next opponents, providing the opposition at a family friendly time of 1pm on Sunday 16 September with the home matches complete, barring finals involvement, on Saturday 19 September when Melbourne Rising are the visitors to Viking Park for a 7pm kick-off.The 2018 NRC promises to be the most competitive season yet and to be successful in any competition, you need good performances at home, Head Coach Nick Scrivener commented.The Canberra Vikings home games this year will be particularly challenging, with the reigning premiers Queensland Country first up, followed by a full time Western Force team coming off the back of a number of games in World Series rugby and lastly a Melbourne Rising team which will be significantly stronger than in previous years.However, with challenge comes opportunity and we look forward to a strong and very vocal Canberra rugby community coming down to Viking Park and getting behind our team in these three crucial games.The Canberra Vikings recently unveiled their squad for the NRC which features a core group of Plus500 Brumbies Super Rugby players, some excellent local talent from the Griffin Legal John I Dent Cup and a swathe of young guns ready to make their mark at that level.

Canberra Stadium (originally Bruce Stadium) was constructed in 1977 and is the home of the ACT Brumbies and Canberra Raiders. In the 2007 Australian Rugby Championship, the Canberra Vikings played at two locations; Manuka Oval and Canberra Stadium. Manuka Oval was constructed in 1929 and hosts the annual Prime Minister's XI cricket match, as well as senior club AFL and cricket. Originally Manuka Oval was not just a cricket ground, but was also used for international rugby matches, mainly between a Canberra team and the touring international side.

Rugby Australia Chief Executive, Raelene Castle said: Regional communities are the life blood of the sport and so many of our participants, fans and players come from the bush. Canberra Vikings, Melbourne Rising, Queensland Country and the Western Force will all host round six matches with Queensland Country to take on the NSW Country Eagles for the battle for country rivalry on October 6.

The dazzling flyhalf pumped the ball once, shaping to pop to Brumbies recruit Irae Simone. Vikings try for the half-zone was pretty, but the seventh was stunning. Who doesnt like an off the training ground move that leads to a try? Vikings got clean ball off a lineout on the Rays 22m, allowing Lonergan to find Hawera on the front-foot. A touch of charm and swagger from one of the Vikings rising talents. Instead, Hawera dummied Simone, releasing Taliauli into a gaping hole. Taliauli raced away untouched, sliding in and pointing to the Fox Sport camera.

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