Club Rugby: Round 5, Game 2 of the 2018 National Rugby Championship Canberra Vikings v Melbourne Rising at Viking Park


Anaru Rangi pulled off going down low by delivering the first five points for the Melbourne Rising.

Fly-Half Archie King easily converted into the posts for two bonus points.

Canberra Viking made a defensive mistake where Tom Ross went offside.

That’s how Anaru Rangi pushed Ross out which gave Rising the reward.

Thanks to that penalty advantage, Michael Ruru kept the scrum square wisely.

Then Ruru’s able to find Sione Tuipulotu who cuts inside two Vikings dummies for the Rising’s 2nd try of the night.

Despite Rising to have the 14-point lead, they have put a foot wrong.

A forward pass did eventually haunt them.

Joe Powell controlled the scrum very nicely before feeding to Tom Ross.

Ross carried & nearly put down the ball on the run home.

Though, It’s only a few meters short as Rising tries to tighten up the defense.

But Darcy Swain pushed down low to give plenty of redemption.

Plus Wharenui Hawera booted the two extra points as Vikings are seven points behind Rising.

Hawera, who starts as No.10 for Vikings clears in with the kick.

Not long later, Justin Masters didn’t find anywhere to pass as Joe Powell tackles him down.

Hence, Masters have left feet wide open giving Rising another low blow.

With Vikings taking out the line-out throw before Arnau Rangi forced to collapse the maul, they won the penalty try.

As a result, Rangi had to sit out for ten minutes with a sin bin.

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HALF-TIME: Canberra Vikings 14-14 Melbourne Rising

Not only Rangi received the sin bin before halftime.

But Connal McInerney pushed Fareti Sa’aga in the middle of the field.

Melbourne Rising fought back building up into the attack as they may have fallen a few meters short around the left-hand side.

But Lausii Taliauli deliberate knocked the ball down into touch.

That cost the Vikings the seven points as Taliuli gets the sin bin.

And in return, Melbourne Rising won the Penalty Try.

Although, Len Ikitau immediately capitalized the fumble from Michael Ruru through the pass of Tom English.

That gifted Ikitau a clean run home with the five-point reward for the Vikings.

Having bounced back from a sin bin, McInerney took advantage of the Viking’s maul with patience.

And with the apparent gap, he went down low for the TRY.

Unfortunately, Esei Ha’angana entered around the side giving Vikings an unfair advantage beforehand.

And Ha’angana’s illegal maul saw Rising lose the lead by three points.

With 4 minutes to go, McInerney scored another TRY.

McInerney remained very patient through the strong driving maul before he’s able to execute on the run home.

Not only Canberra Vikings have built a strong attacking line-up.

But also a defensive wall too as they interrupted the planned Rising consolation TRY.

Canberra Vikings defeated Melbourne Rising, 31-21 at Viking Park.

The winning side also advanced into the semi-finals of the 2018 National Rugby Championship.


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