NRC Round 3 – the Sunday wrap

Canberra skipper Robbie Coleman and Wallabies great Tim Horan, after the Vikings claimed the Horan-Little Shield from Brisbane City. Image: QRU Media

Canberra skipper Robbie Coleman and Wallabies great Tim Horan, after the Vikings claimed the Horan-Little Shield from Brisbane City. Image: QRU Media

rugby.com.au: Round 3 of the National Rugby Championship was completed with two absolutely cracking games, with the Uni of Canberra Vikings claiming the Horan-Little Shield over Brisbane City at Ballymore, and NSW Country holding off Melbourne Rising to stay unbeaten in 2016.

And it appears that players might finally be getting the yellow card message

NRC Coaches’ Corner: Zane Hilton on the halftime spray

Melbourne Rising coach Zane Hilton and his assistants, Craig McGrath (top left) and Morgan Turinui (right). Image: Melbourne Rebels

Melbourne Rising coach Zane Hilton and his assistants, Craig McGrath (top left) and Morgan Turinui (right). Image: Melbourne Rebels

rugby.com.au: I’m already really enjoying these weekly chats with NRC coaches, in which we delve a bit deeper into technical elements of the game, and of coaching, and gain some proper insight into how the modern coach and player operates.

This week, it’s Melbourne Rising’s Zane Hilton, who I always have a good chat with whenever we speak. Over the first two rounds of the NRC this season, he’s found his team on the receiving end at halftime, most notably last week where the Rising trailed Queensland Country 32-16.

After the Rising scored 30 unanswered points in the second half to take the win, I was really keen to find out what on earth he said at halftime!

Round 2 review – the most open NRC competition we’ve had

NSW Country lock Ned Hanigan (left) certainly made life hard for his former NRC teammate Sam Carter in Canberra yesterday. Image: NSW Country Eagles

NSW Country lock Ned Hanigan (left) certainly made life hard for his former NRC teammate Sam Carter in Canberra yesterday. Image: NSW Country Eagles

rugby.com.au: A thrilling second round of the National Rugby Championship leaves us with the perhaps unexpected scenario of two Sydney-based teams unbeaten and leading the competition, while the Super Rugby-backed competition heavyweights find themselves plagued by inconsistency after two games.

And if there is anything that the Round 2 results have shown us, it’s that the 2016 edition of the NRC will certainly be the most even of the three seasons to date.

NRC Round 2: the Sunday wrap

Melbourne Rising scored 30 unanswered points in their second half comeback win over Queensland Country. Image: Melbourne Rebels Media Unit

Melbourne Rising scored 30 unanswered points in their second half comeback win over Queensland Country. Image: Melbourne Rebels Media Unit

rugby.com.au: Two really interesting games to complete Round 2 of the National Rugby Championship, with Melbourne Rising coming back in the second half to topple Queensland Country 46-32, and then NSW Country completely annihilating the Uni of Canberra Vikings 60-28.

Among the things we learned where the pros and cons of starting fast