Watch National Rugby Championship NRC Live Streaming 2014 Round 6 North Harbour Rays vs Greater Sydney Rams match will be kick off at Brookvale Oval, Sydney, Sunday 28 September 2014 online, Time 15:00 AEDT and its broadcast On Fox Sports.
The Rays made a slow start to the NRC but have since got themselves back into contention for a semi-final spot with back-to-back wins, the last of which was a 32-29 triumph over Perth Spirit.
No.8 Sam Ward was the star of that win thanks to a hat-trick but coach Geoff Townsend later paid tribute to lock duo Greg Peterson and Ed Gower, a pairing he believes deserve Super Rugby selection.
They can take another step towards a potential provincial contract with a strong game against hulking Rams pair Jared Barry and Jed Holloway this Sunday.
They’re ably supported by the Force-bound Steve Mafi and his soon-to-be teammate in Perth Chris Alcock while veteran Eastwood skipper Hugh Perrett adds more quality at No.8.
Look out for former schoolboy star and long-time Eastwood fullback Ben Batger, who’ll be making his Rams debut in the No.15 jersey.
Perth started the season with an impressive away win to the Vikings, but have yet to win again. This is due in part to the Wallabies raiding their team, but also selection decisions based on developing their squad’s depth.
The Stars have yet to win at all, but got their first competition points last week when they drew with the Vikings. They showed some real resolve to come from behind to tie it up on the buzzer. This gives them some form, but shouldn’t gloss over their poor record up until now.
This will be a fascinating fixture between two quality teams that should be at their most desperate to get their season back on track. Perth have four losses on the trot and the Stars have yet to get a win at all. I think this will be close.
Rays: (1-15) Mitch Lewis, Luke Holmes, Tobias Gukibau, Ryan Melrose, Greg Peterson (c), Jack Dempsey, Kotoni Ale, Sam Ward, Matt Lucas, Scott Daruda, Sireli Tagicakibau, Tom Matthews, Mali Hingano, Josh Holmes, David Feltscheer.
Reserves: Dave Porecki, Dane Maraki, Nick Fraser, Ed Gower, James Cunningham, Hamish Angus, Brian Sefanaia, Harry Jones.
Rams: (1-15) Jed Gillespie, Hugh Roach, Guy Millar, Jared Barry, Jed Holloway, Stev Mafi, Chris Alcock, Hugh Perrett, Mark Swanopoel, Ben Volavola, Dave Chisholm, Michael McDougall, Lalakai Foketi, Jarome Mackenzie, Ben Batger.
Reserves : Maile Ngauamo, Peni Ravai, Dave Lolohea, Michael Kovacic, Pat Sio, Vasa Faleali’i, Jai Ayoub, Henry Seavula.