Watch National Rugby Championship NRC Live Streaming 2014 Greater Sydney Rams vs Canberra Vikings match will be kick off at Parramatta Stadium, Sydney,Thursday 28 August 2014 online, Time 19:00 AEDT and its broadcast Online.
The opening game of NRC round two sees two teams looking to improve on last week’s performance. The Vikings, playing at home, were run over late by an inspired Perth team. The Rams were perhaps more soundly defeated by NSW Country, although conditions were dire and it was quite a close game up until the last fifteen minutes. This game will decide who’s season is back on track and who is going back to the drawing board.
The Rams lacked an out and out fetcher last week so will be looking for an improved performance over the ball when openside Chris Alcock (Western Force) gets his first start of the season. Likewise Eastwood captain Hugh Perrett makes his season debut in the back row, playing at six. Both will also add experience to the forward pack, as well as leadership.
The back line has been heavily shuffled with only two starters remaining from last week and they are playing different positions. The most notable change is fringe Waratah Ben Volavola moving from fullback to flyhalf. He didn’t have the best of games against the Eagles, so he will be looking to make amends.
The Canberra Vikings are a bit more settled, the back line remains the same except Brendon Taueki has come onto the wing for Jerome Niumata. Vice-captain Jarrad Butler is the most notable change to the forward pack, boosting the back row, while the Smith brothers are on the bench for Les Makin and Allan Alaalatoa in the front row.
Greater Sydney Rams: Benn Robinson Eastwood, Hugh Roach Eastwood, Guy Millar Eastwood, Jared Barry Eastwood, Steve Mafi Parramatta, Hugh Perrett Eastwood, Chris Alcock Eastwood, Jed Holloway (Captain) Southern Districts, Vasa Falaelli Newcastle, Ben Volavola Southern Districts, Taqele Naiyaravaro West Harbour, Henry Taefu Sunnybank, Michael McDougall Eastwood, Atieli Pakalani Southern Districts, Dane Chisholm Manly
REPLACEMENTS: Maile Ngauamo Southern Districts, Jed Gillespie (FR) Eastwood, Dave Lolohea (FR) West Harbour, Dylan Sigg Manly, Pat Sio Eastwood, Mark Swanepoel Manly, Jai Ayoub Eastwood, Henry Seavula West Harbour
Canberra Vikings: Les Makin, Lala Lam, Allan Alaalatoa, Tom Staniforth, Tim Cree, Jordan Smiler, Jarrad Butler (vc), Fotu Auelua ©, Michael Dowsett, Isaac Thompson, Robbie Coleman (vc), Christian Lealiifano, Nigel Ahwong, Brendon Taueki, Jesse Mogg
Replacements: Mitch Wade, JP Smith, Ruan Smith, Tom Cusack, Sean Doyle, Edan Campbell-O’Brien, Jake Rakic,Jerome Niumata