The danger men: Kellaway (NSW Country), Kerevi (Brisbane City), Stirzaker (Melbourne), and Morahan (Perth).
The Roar: The regular season of the National Rugby Championship is done, and now it starts getting serious as we head straight into the knockout stage of the new competition.
Though it was very much up in the air this time last week, in the end, the best four teams of the competition have finished in the top four spots.
In Melbourne, NSW Country, Brisbane City, and Perth, we have the only four teams to finish the nine rounds with positive for-and-against records, and who scored more tries than they conceded.
Melbourne finished 13 points clear of NSW Country, and they’ve been the standout team in the competition without a shadow of a doubt. Eight bonus point wins on the hop will do that. They finished with a +215 point differential, and scored 32 more tries than they conceded. Rising averaged more than seven tries per game, and finished with an average scoreline of 49-23.
NSW Country and Brisbane City both finished with six wins, with a single losing bonus point for the Eagles being what separated the two teams. Ironically, that bonus point came in their loss to Brisbane City in Round 4. City scored more tries, but also conceded more tries than did NSW Country.
Perth scraped into fourth spot with a three and five record courtesy of a losing bonus point last weekend in Dubbo, though with a better for-and-against they would’ve finished ahead of the Greater Sydney Rams anyway.