Sydney Rays scrumhalf and captain Matt Lucas in action this season. Image: Sydney Rays Media Unit
rugby.com.au:The Sydney Rays look primed for a maiden National Rugby Championship finals series, but Matt Lucas says his side will keep the focus on just the week ahead, despite the obvious carrot dangling in front of them.
“At the start of the season we came together as a group, and we obviously said we wanted to win the thing,” Lucas told me this week.
“But being a short season, it’s a sprint, so you really can’t afford to be off the ball for any period of time, otherwise you find yourself out of the loop really quickly.
Remember these names: Perth Spirit tighthead Shambeckler Vui; Brisbane City no.8 Isireli Naisarani; NSW Country Eagles scrumhalf Jake Gordon; Queensland Country flyhalf Mack Mason, and Sydney Rays centre Irae Simone
The Roar:We’re two rounds out from the 2016 National Rugby Championship semi-finals, and things are certainly hotting up among the teams in contention for the top four.
And like the previous two seasons, once again the talent has shone through. You could quite easily work your way through 1 to 15 and come up with several names for each position. I’m not going to do that today, but here are five names worth remembering for the future…
Getting tight: seven of the remaining eight NRC games can have a bearing on the finals. Image: Sydney Rays
rugby.com.au: With just two rounds left to play in the National Rugby Championship, the run home to the finals series is starting to hot up. And after the weekend’s results, the only certainty is that we’re in for more surprises as top four contenders play each other over the remaining eight games.
Melbourne Rising’s win was the second change of hands in four weeks, for the Horan-Little Shield. Image: Uni of Canberra Vikings
rugby.com.au: Two high-scoring affairs completed Round 5 of the National Rugby Championship, with Melbourne Rising taking the Horan-Little Shield off Canberra’s hands, 60-44, and the Sydney Rays effectively ending Brisbane City’s season, 38-32.