NRC Round 5 review – semi-final race tightens

Getting tight: seven of the remaining eight NRC games can have a bearing on the finals. Image: Sydney Rays

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.

NRC Round 5 – the Saturday wrap

NSW Country Eagles scrumhalf Jake Gordon crosses for his third try v Perth. Image: AJF Photography

NSW Country Eagles scrumhalf Jake Gordon crosses for his third try v Perth. Image: AJF Photography

rugby.com.au: Two thoroughly entertaining games at Concord Oval produced 22 tries, with NSW Country beating Perth Spirit 40-24, and the Western Sydney Rams getting up waaaaaay after the bell to topple Queensland Country 50-46.

And it was a massive thumbs up for the Concord double-header

NRC Round 4 review – the cream has risen to the top

Bursting clear: NSW Country are now four points ahead of the chasing pack. Image: NSW Country Eagles

Bursting clear: NSW Country are now four points ahead of the chasing pack. Image: NSW Country Eagles

rugby.com.au: The completion of Round 4 of the National Rugby Championship means we’re now past the halfway point in the competition’s home and away rounds, and with the weekend’s result, we’re starting to get a clearer picture on who the semi-finalists might be.

NRC Round 4 – the Saturday wrap

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Wallabies flanker Scott Fardy was great in his 60-minute cameo – and NRC debut – for the Sydney Rays against NSW Country, but he wasn’t the standout backrower on the park. Image: Sydney Rays

rugby.com.au: Two wonderful National Rugby Championship games kicked off Round 4, and as we stand bang on the mid-point of the competition, we have a new competition leader and a reigning Champion now desperate to stay in touch with the front-runners.

Saturday: Sydney Rays 16 lost to NSW Country Eagles 36, and Melbourne Rising 46 defeated Brisbane City 28.

In the Sydney blockbuster, a backrower was outstanding, just not the one we were expecting