NRC Round 3 – the Sunday wrap

Canberra skipper Robbie Coleman and Wallabies great Tim Horan, after the Vikings claimed the Horan-Little Shield from Brisbane City. Image: QRU Media

Canberra skipper Robbie Coleman and Wallabies great Tim Horan, after the Vikings claimed the Horan-Little Shield from Brisbane City. Image: QRU Media

rugby.com.au: Round 3 of the National Rugby Championship was completed with two absolutely cracking games, with the Uni of Canberra Vikings claiming the Horan-Little Shield over Brisbane City at Ballymore, and NSW Country holding off Melbourne Rising to stay unbeaten in 2016.

And it appears that players might finally be getting the yellow card message

A reward for perseverance – Brisbane City winger Alex Gibbon’s rapid rugby rise

Alex Gibbon in action for the Queensland Reds earlier this year. Image: QRU Media

Alex Gibbon in action for the Queensland Reds earlier this year. Image: QRU Media

Gibbon in action for Brisbane City last weekend. Image: QRU Media

Gibbon in action for Brisbane City last weekend. Image: QRU Media

rugby.com.au: I’ve been lucky enough to interview and chat with lots sportspeople in this line of work, but few have struck me as much as Brisbane City winger Alex Gibbon did this week. As we worked our way through his rugby life, and how he made potentially life-changing but completely rational decisions along the way, one constant thought was in mind: this kid is far more worldly and switched on than your average 24-year-old.

The backstory of Alex Gibbon is reasonably well known in rugby circles: he and his brother grew up on their grandparent’s NSW north coast farm with his cerebral palsy-afflicted mother, having escaped their abusive, but mentally-challenged father as Alex entered high school.

This isn’t a re-telling of that story, but rather the incredibly inspiring rugby story that has come from that far-from-idyllic upbringing…

Round 2 review – the most open NRC competition we’ve had

NSW Country lock Ned Hanigan (left) certainly made life hard for his former NRC teammate Sam Carter in Canberra yesterday. Image: NSW Country Eagles

NSW Country lock Ned Hanigan (left) certainly made life hard for his former NRC teammate Sam Carter in Canberra yesterday. Image: NSW Country Eagles

rugby.com.au: A thrilling second round of the National Rugby Championship leaves us with the perhaps unexpected scenario of two Sydney-based teams unbeaten and leading the competition, while the Super Rugby-backed competition heavyweights find themselves plagued by inconsistency after two games.

And if there is anything that the Round 2 results have shown us, it’s that the 2016 edition of the NRC will certainly be the most even of the three seasons to date.

NRC Round 2: the Friday & Saturday wrap

rugby.com.au: A rare Friday night game – the only one of the NRC this season – saw the Sydney Rays accounting for Perth Spirit 28-8 at a very wet North Sydney Oval last night.

In honesty, it was better weather for ducks. And the Rays, being better suited to aquatic conditions, were able to adapt to the game much faster than the visitors.

Sam Talakai and Reg Roberts from GAGR after City's Horan-Little Shield win. Image: QRU Media

Sam Talakai and Reg Roberts from GAGR after City’s Horan-Little Shield win. Image: QRU Media

Today, Brisbane City beat Western Sydney 44-36 in a thriller up at Ballymore. The win extends City’s Horan-Little Shield run out to seven wins dating back to Round 2 last season.

The Rams were significantly improved on last week’s showing, and pushed City all the way. And happily, all it rained were tries