Watch National Rugby Championship NRC Live Streaming 2014 Round 4 Melbourne Rising vs Perth Spirit match will be kick off at AAMI Park, Melbourne, Saturday 11 September 2014 online, Time 19:30 AEDT and its broadcast On Fox Sports.
Melbourne Rising are hot, hot, hot, and it’s largely thanks to their brilliant backline, led by skipper Nick Stirzaker and vice Mitch Inman. Oh, and Tom English scored four tries as well.
Rising have now scored an astonishing 25 tries in three games. That is partly thanks to the law variations in play in this tournament, but 25 tries can’t just be put down to laws. Teams have to be willing to run with the football, and Jack Debreczini is steering them around the park admirably. It helps when you have Super Rugby calibre players like Luke Burgess and Lloyd Johannsson on your bench, it must be said.
Brett McKay rated Sean McMahon as Rising’s best last week, and Lopeti Timani is proving hard to stop as well. All in all, they’re looking a bit like an unstoppable force in this competition, even though the 79-18 thrashing was against Queensland Country, who don’t have a win to their name yet.
Are Perth Spirit the immovable object then? On last week’s showing against the Rams, you would have to suggest they are not, and that Rising should be staring down the barrel of a fourth straight win. But that’s the beauty of this new competition – no one really knows.
Spirit were up at half time, and would have expected to get on with the job. Beating Melbourne will take an 80 minute effort, and might force something of a rethink in the Spirit’s coaching ranks.
15 Jonah Placid (Melbourne Rebels)
14 Telusa Veainu (Melbourne/Melbourne Rebels)
13 Sefanaia Naivalu (Box Hill)
12 Mitch Inman (Southern Districts/Melbourne Rebels) (Vice Captain)
11 Joe Kamana (Moorabbin)
10 Jack Debreczeni (Endeavour Hills/Melbourne Rebels)
9 Nic Stirzaker (Endeavour Hills/Melbourne Rebels) (Captain)
8 Lopeti Timani (Footscray/Melbourne Rebels)
7 Sean McMahon (Endeavour Hills/Melbourne Rebels)
6 Luke Jones (Moorabbin/Melbourne Rebels)
5 Cadeyrn Neville (Foostcray/Melbourne Rebels)
4 Sam Jeffries (Melbourne Uni/Melbourne Rebels)
3 Paul Alo-Emile (Power House/Melbourne Rebels)
2 Pat Leafa (Box Hill/Melbourne Rebels) (Vice Captain)
1 Toby Smith (Melbourne Uni/Melbourne Rebels)
Reserves: 16 Tom Sexton (Power House/Melbourne Rebels), 17 Tuiatua Tuia (Moorabbin), 18 Cruze Ah-Nau (Footscray/Melbourne Rebels), 19 Pom Simona (Harlequin) (Vice Captain), 20 Sione Taufa (Harlequin), 21 Luke Burgess (Melbourne/Melbourne Rebels), 22 Lloyd Johansson (Harlequin), 23 Tom English (Melbourne Uni/Melbourne Rebels)
1. Joe Savage (Palmyra)
2. Harry Scoble (UWA)
3. Chris Heiberg (Perth Bayswater)
4. Rory Walton (Wests Scarborough)
5. Brent Murphy (Perth Bayswater)
6. Brynard Stander (Nedlands)
7. Richard Hardwick (UWA)
8. Alex Rovira (Associates)
9. Justin Turner (Associates)
10. Dillyn Leyds (Palmyra)
11. Nili Fielea (Cottesloe)
12. Luke Burton (UWA)
13. Ammon Matuauto (Associates)
14. Brad Lacey (Wests Scarborough)
15. Zack Holmes (Associates)
16. Robbie Abel (Cottesloe)
17. Alec Hepburn (Cottesloe)
18. Oliver Hoskins (Cottesloe)
19. Corey Thomas (UWA)
20. Kane Koteka (Wests Scarborough)
21. Michael Ruru (Nedlands)
22. Davis Tavita (Nedlands)
23. Va’a Mailei (Palmyra)