Watch National Rugby Championship NRC Live Streaming 2014 Round 5 NSW Country vs Melbourne Rising match will be kick off at Wade Oval, Orange, Saturday 20 September 2014 online, Time 15:00 AEDT and its broadcast On Fox Sports.
Sunday arvo Country footy. We can already smell it. Brett will be there too, giving us score updates, so jump on the live blog when you see it pop up. They’re also putting on a bit of an event, with wine and food set to feature prominently, so if you like good things in life, we suggest you get down there.
On the park, this is a truly mouthwatering contest. Melbourne have clearly displayed themselves to be the best side in the competition, knocking off all comers so far.
NSW Country have proved to be a close second, though their loss to Brisbane City puts a dampener on that. Brisbane City, if anyone, is probably third on that ranking.
But if anyone was to knock off Melbourne, it’s likely to be Country. They won’t have Josh Mann-Rea, who will be travelling with the Wallabies to South Africa, but they should have the rest of their forward pack intact, and that’s where they will target Rising.
It’s not that Rising’s forward pack is anything to sneeze at – they are pretty stacked with Super Rugby talent in that area with Pat Leafa, Luke Jones, Lopeti Timani and Sean McMahon all some of the best performers in the tournament so far.
Keep an eye on Andrew Kellaway and Brendan McKibbon for Country, who are the dangers in a potent backline.
But Rising should have the edge in the backs through Stirzaker, Debreczini, Inman and English. If Country can upset Stirzaker’s ball then they’re in with a shot. Otherwise, it could be another romp for Rising, who’ve already scored 223 points. In four games. Yup.
1. Cruze Ah-Nau (Footscray/Melbourne Rebels)
2. Pat Leafa (Box Hill/Melbourne Rebels) (Vice Captain)
3. Paul Alo-Emile (Power House/Melbourne Rebels)
4. Sam Jeffries (Melbourne Uni/Melbourne Rebels)
5. Cadeyrn Neville (Foostcray/Melbourne Rebels)
6. Luke Jones (Moorabbin/Melbourne Rebels)
7. Sean McMahon (Endeavour Hills/Melbourne Rebels)
8. Lopeti Timani (Footscray/Melbourne Rebels)
9. Nic Stirzaker (Endeavour Hills/Melbourne Rebels) (Captain)
10. Jack Debreczeni (Endeavour Hills/Melbourne Rebels)
11. Joe Kamana (Moorabbin)
12. Mitch Inman (Southern Districts/Melbourne Rebels) (Vice Captain)
13. Tom English (Melbourne Uni/Melbourne Rebels)
14. Rennie Lautolo-Molimau (Endeavour Hills)*
15. Telusa Veainu (Melbourne/Melbourne Rebels)
16. Tom Sexton (Power House/Melbourne Rebels)
17. Tuiatua Tuia (Moorabbin)
18. Fereti Sa’aga (Melbourne Uni)^
19. Pom Simona (Harlequin) (Vice Captain)
20. Sione Taufa (Harlequin)
21. Ben Meehan (Box Hill/Melbourne Rebels)
22. Lloyd Johansson (Harlequin)
23. Martin Naufahu (Foostcray)