NRC Round 3: A week in Review

It was another high scoring round in the NRC this week: the Eagles, Rams, Vikings and Rising all took home the bacon, while the Rays, Spirit, and both Queensland teams left empty handed.

The soaring NSW Country Eagles (33) beat the sinking North Harbour Rays (21) in Brookvale Oval

Dour conditions didn’t result in a wet weather kick-fest, rather a fast paced game in which the visitors (Eagles) scored four tries to the host’s three.

Sam Windsor stepping against the Rays Photo by Karen Watson Photography
Sam Windsor stepping against the Rays. Photo by Karen Watson Photography

Andrew Kellaway stole the show again, as he bagged a brace of tries on the night, bringing his tally to six tries from three games. He was joined on the try-scorers list by team mates Ed Stubbs and Samu Wara and opponents Michael Wells, Luke Holmes and Dave Feltscheer.

Both kickers had relatively good nights with the boot, with the Eagles’ Sam Windsor landing three conversions and two penalties and the Rays’ Hamish Angus converting three penalties.

The Greater Sydney Rams (44) storm home to snatch their first victory over the Perth Spirit (34) in Adelaide.

The Rams finished strong against the Perth Spirit, in a high scoring, error laden game to claim their first victory of the tournament. They started strong yet again, before their defence flailed to let in three consecutive tries, entering the sheds at oranges, 21-10 down. In the second half, the lead was exchanges a couple times before the Rams ran home, scoring four tries in quick succession.

Naiyaravaro crossing for the second try of his brace against Perth Spirit. Photo ARU TV
Naiyaravaro crossing for the second try of his brace against Perth Spirit. Photo thanks to ARU TV

The Greater Sydney Rams scored tries through a Naiyaravoro hat trick, Holloway, McKenzie and Chisholm, while Ben Volavola booted his only penalty attempt and four from six conversions.

The Perth Spirit ran in 5 tries through Hepburn, Holmes, Leyds, Scoble and Mailei. Ian Prior converted three of his five attempts.

The Canberra Vikings (26) earn their first home win over Queensland Country (21).
Christian Lealiifano getting brought down against Qld Country. Photo by Jay Cronan
Christian Lealiifano getting brought down against Qld Country. Photo by Jay Cronan

Henry Speight was unable to relaunch a bid for his Wallabies debut, the medical staff restricting him from playing due to a minor reoccurrence of a hamstring injury.

It was a tight game played in Canberra, but the firing Vikings backline proved too much for the visitors. With 12 contracted Brumbies players in the starting 15, their attacking patterns were fluent and the team continued to look gelled.

Jarrad Butler, Jerome Nuimata, Nigel Ah Wong and Robbie Coleman all scored 5 pointers for the home side, while Mogg turned two of those four tries into 8 pointers.

The Qld Country tries were scored by Clynton Knox, Beau Robinson and James Turner, of which two were converted by Brandon

Melbourne Rising (79) continue their dominance, earning a third consecutive bonus point against Brisbane City (18).

Melbourne have risen over the boys from Brisbane, running in 12 tries to three. In a game where nearly a century of points were scored (97), Brisbane looked competitive before the break, only to be left in the dust by Rising in the second half.

Chris Kurindrani making a run against Melbourne Rising. Photo by Chloe Krause
Chris Kurindrani making a run against Melbourne Rising. Photo by Chloe Krause

The Rising ran in two consecutive tries early in the first half, before Brisbane brought the game back to 13 all. In a tough fought half, it was rising who walked into the sheds with an 11 point lead, wary of a firing Brisbane in the second half. It wasn’t to be.

Brisbane went down to 14 men after Genia, a fresh interchange, was sent to the bin early in the second 40, letting the onslaughter commence. The interchanges for the Rising had a different fait to Genia, as Leafa and Johansson joined the party and bagged a meat pie each.

Tom English lead the charge for Rising, running in four tries, while Johan Placid, Sefania Naivalu, Lopeti Timani, Telusa Veainu, Pat Leafa and Lloyd Johannson. Jack Debreczeni converted six from eight, while Lloyd Johannson converted two from three.

The score sheet was a little more tame on the other side of the field with Kuridrani, Kerevi and Gill crossing the try line with Jake McIntrye only converting once.

 

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