The NRMA NSW Country Cockatoos returned to the winners circle with an improved performance to overcome the Brumbies Provincial Representative Team 39 – 27.
The match was played as the curtain raiser to the Brumbies v Crusaders SupeRugby Match at Canberra Stadium on Saturday, 13 June 2015.
Canberra turned on perfect weather for the early afternoon kick off, and both teams responded by playing an attacking and free flowing brand of Rugby, which resulted in eleven tries being scored during the match.
The early stages of the first half were keenly contested and the deadlock was finally broken when Flanker Brad Sheridan powered over to give the Cockatoos a 5 – 0 lead. The missed conversion was an ominous warning for the Cockatoos, as their kickers eventually only managed to pilot over two goals from eight kicks.
A penalty goal to the Brumbies Provincial soon after closed the score-line to 5 – 3, before Sheridan was on hand again to touch down for a try to take out the Cockatoos’ lead to 10 – 3.
Both teams attacked strongly and treated the early patrons to some good running Rugby, but both defences were up to the task of keeping their lines in tack. This changed with fifteen minutes remaining in the half when the team from the south crossed for a converted try which locked the score up at 10 all.
This score spurred the Cockatoos into attack and during the remainder of the half they were the dominant team with Winger Mason Rapini and Flanker Paul Tuala crossing for tries which were duly converted by Waylen Skipps to see the Cockatoos go to the half time break leading 24 – 10.
The second half saw the Cockatoos continue on where they left off and the score was increased to 29 – 10 when Lock Tyler Jones scored, but the kicking woes returned for the team.
A converted try to the Brumbies Provincial closed the score to 29 – 17, but the Cockatoos responded with another unconverted try to Flanker Paul Tuala to take the score out to 34 – 17. Another converted try and penalty goal to the Brumbies Provincial brought the score back to 34 – 27 and the team from the south had worked themselves to within striking distance with time on the clock.
The Cockatoos reacted strongly and put the result beyond doubt when Centre Eric Vasukicakau finished off an attacking raid to make the final score-line 39 – 27 to the NRMA NSW Country Cockatoos.