Watch National Rugby Championship NRC Live Streaming 2014 Round 6 Melbourne Rising vs Canberra Vikings match will be kick off at AAMI Park, Melbourne, Thursday 25 September 2014 online, Time 19:30 AEDT and its broadcast On Fox Sports.
Round 6 kicks off with the unbeaten Melbourne Rising hosting the fourth placed Canberra Vikings.
Melbourne have their boots firmly held on the throat of the NRC competition, they are unbeaten and have won well in every fixture. They average 52 points a per game and concede only 21. If you are a maths genius those numbers translate to a 31 point win, every week (on average). Perhaps unsurprisingly the Rising have earned a bonus point for finishing 3 tries ahead in all five games to date.
To talk them up even more, last week the Rising somewhat easily accounted for the Eagles, the second ranked team in the NRC. That match was in Orange, they will be even harder to beat at home in Melbourne.
The Vikings are in the middle of the ladder; they entered the season as one of the favourites, but have lacked the consistently expected of them. Failing to beat the last placed Stars last week is an example of this, similar to their first round loss they let the opposition finish the stronger.
A couple of weeks ago I would have thought the Vikings had a good shot in this fixture. The Melbourne team might have lost or at least had a scare against Eagles and the Vikings might have steam rolled the Stars like everyone else had. But as it stands the Rising’s white hot form continues and the Vikings aren’t showing the level of play expected of a team primed to topple the league leaders.
The Vikings have as good a roster as anyone in the NRC, but the Rising are simply using theirs to better effect.
Canberra Vikings halfback Michael Dowsett has warned his team to prepare for an attacking onslaught from Burgess and the ladder leader when they clash at AAMI Park on Thursday night.
Burgess has been added to the Rising bench, making him a dangerous second-half weapon as the back up to Nic Stirzaker.