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 Saturday wrap

Sydney Rays backrower James Brown crosses the stripe in their 30-22 win over Queensland Country. Image: QRU/Sportography

Sydney Rays backrower James Brown crosses the stripe in their 30-22 win over Queensland Country. Image: QRU/Sportography

rugby.com.au: Two surprisingly entertaining games to kick off Round 3 of the National Rugby Championship, with Perth Spirit good enough to hold off the Western Sydney Rams 30-24 in Sydney, and then the Sydney Rays extending their undefeated start, beating Queensland Country 30-22.

Among the things we learned where despite being winless, the Rams will claim a big scalp very soon…

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 Friday & Saturday wrap

rugby.com.au: A rare Friday night game – the only one of the NRC this season – saw the Sydney Rays accounting for Perth Spirit 28-8 at a very wet North Sydney Oval last night.

In honesty, it was better weather for ducks. And the Rays, being better suited to aquatic conditions, were able to adapt to the game much faster than the visitors.

Sam Talakai and Reg Roberts from GAGR after City's Horan-Little Shield win. Image: QRU Media

Sam Talakai and Reg Roberts from GAGR after City’s Horan-Little Shield win. Image: QRU Media

Today, Brisbane City beat Western Sydney 44-36 in a thriller up at Ballymore. The win extends City’s Horan-Little Shield run out to seven wins dating back to Round 2 last season.

The Rams were significantly improved on last week’s showing, and pushed City all the way. And happily, all it rained were tries