Wayne Southwell hopes to brake the Vikings’ “roller coaster” season

The lineout drive has been one of the few consistent parts of the Vikings' game this season. Image: UC Vikings/Kleber Osorio

The lineout drive has been one of the few consistent parts of the Vikings’ game this season. Image: UC Vikings/Kleber Osorio

rugby.com.au: With just two rounds to go in the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship, University of Canberra Vikings coach Wayne Southwell knows his team can’t afford any more slip-ups. And he’s flagged a change of approach for the final two games.

The Vikings’ 60-44 loss to the Melbourne Rising last Sunday didn’t just cost the Canberra side the Horan-Little Shield they’d only just taken from Brisbane City two weeks prior, they also dropped from second on the table to fourth.

Another loss this weekend could see the Vikings drop out of the four completely, yet a win over the Sydney Rays at Pittwater on the northern beaches could see them climb back as the ladder as high as second…

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 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 Sunday wrap

A healthy crowd was on hand at UWA to see Perth Spirit's big win. Image: ARU Media/Stu Walmsley

A healthy crowd was on hand at UWA to see Perth Spirit’s big win. Image: ARU Media/Stu Walmsley

rugby.com.au: While it rained persistently and quite heavily in Canberra during the Vikings’ 22-16 Horan-Little Shield win over Western Sydney, it only rained tries in the west as Perth Spirit thumped Queensland Country 66-36.

And we have a new contender for Try of the Year…