Round 3 review – bring on the Sydney blockbuster

Country Eagles players celebrate their 32-30 win over Melbourne in Tamworth yesterday, to remain unbeaten in the NRC. Image: NSW Country Eagles

Country Eagles players celebrate their 32-30 win over Melbourne in Tamworth yesterday, to remain unbeaten in the NRC. Image: NSW Country Eagles

rugby.com.au: A wonderful Round 3 of the National Rugby Championship was played over two very contrasting days: grey skies and damp tracks in Sydney and on the Gold Coast on Saturday, and beautiful sunshine in Brisbane and Tamworth on Sunday.

But the result was four excellent games, which sets us up for a proper Sydney blockbuster next Saturday, when the undefeated Sydney Rays and NSW Country face off on the northern beaches…

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

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