NRC Round-Up: NSW Eagles Gain Ground On Western Force
- Vikings 41 – 28 Fijian Drua
- Queensland 42 – 26 Brisbane City
- Sydney Rays 26 – 40 Melbourne Rising
- NSW Eagles 38 – 24 Western Force
Super Rugby Stars Toni Pulu and Tom Banks both get doubles as Canberra Vikings see off last year’s Champs Fijian Drua and maintain their push for the Play-offs. They currently sit third in the table and face bottom of the table Sydney Rays in the next round. They will hope for a win in that win and should be in a great position come the end of the round.
Queensland smashed Brisbane City by a surprisingly large margin. Rising Star Harry Wilson got two tries along with the always excellent Tate McDermott. All six tries for Queensland were converted by Rohan Saifoloi and they have given themselves a chance of a late push for the play-offs. Isaac Lucas contributed a brillliant 16 points in a losing Brisbane City effort but it wasn’t enough to trouble Country.
Melbourne Rising put in their second quality performance in a row as they easily beat Sydney Rays to maintain their late push for the play-offs. The Rising pack is littered with Melbourne Rebels players and they have really gone back to their Set Piece strengths in the last two rounds. They look a much better side when they go back to basics and are now in with a shout of play-offs unlike The Rays who have only had one win in seven.
In the major clash of the round, NSW Eagles faced top of the table Western Force. The Eagles overpowered their much hyped opposition and were well worthy of the win that puts them in second place in the league. Force stay top but NSW really showed their title credentials with this performance and sent out a statement to the league. In the end, The Eagles outscored their opponents five tries to four but it was the Penalty Try awarded for dominant scrummaging that really epitomised the performance of the Eagles pack.