Will Genia.
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Winning city rugby team had Will power at Lismore

AS many have discovered, underestimating diminutive rugby union halfback Will Genia means you've likely lost the game already.

The powerhouse Papua New Guinea-born Brisbane City player showcased his seminal footwork in a 34-26 win against the NSW Country Eagles in Sunday's National Rugby Championship match at Lismore.

After a restrained debut appearance from the bench against Melbourne Rising on September 6, Genia ramped up the intensity for City, paving the way for his return to the Wallabies squad.

Genia said the win was a result of: "Attitude. We were really disappointed about the result against Melbourne and we spoke about resilience all week."

"We actually take this quite serious, you know. It's a pathway to Super Rugby for a lot of blokes and it's a place where guys playing Super Rugby can come back and play footy," he said.

It was only Genia's second game back since developing an ankle injury three months ago, but the dynamic 26-year-old was confident and forward thinking following City's Sunday victory.

"It was really good. I enjoyed being out there with the boys. Obviously, it was the first start after coming back from my injury and mate, to be honest, it's just fun, you know," he said.

"It's a good bunch of boys to play with, a good competition, good innovation by the ARU (Australian Rugby Union) and I'm really glad to be a part of it."

Genia was impressed with the level of skill in the championship game when compared to test match union, and noted both sides displayed a great deal of heart and determination.

"Test match footy is the ultimate. You're playing against the best players in the world, the best competition. So you can't really compare," he said.

"But mate, this is awesome. You've got guys who are seasoned Super Rugby players having a go, but then you've also got guys who want to be Super Rugby players really giving it a crack to earn contracts and sponsors."

Genia can bench press a massive 172kg with his 174cm, frame, but, unfortunately for his opponents, the versatile player's speed and skill more than matches his strength.

"What the championship does is gives you a taste for that speed of test match rugby," he said.

"It's always intense and I love being part of it.

"It's quite quick, because the ball's always in play. But I guess it more serves as a pathway linking club rugby to Super Rugby, those two levels."

Genia said the championship, a new domestic rugby competition which began in August this year, was enjoyable for all involved.

He dubbed Lismore a "beautiful place" and thanked fans who chose to attend the game amidst a variety of local sporting finals held on the weekend.

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