Watch NRC Live North Harbour Rays vs Melbourne Rising Streaming 2015 Free Online Australia Rugby Championship Round 03 Online Free.North Harbour Rays vs Melbourne Rising match will be kick off at Manly Oval, Sydney, Australia, Thursday 03 September 2015 online, Time 19:30 AEDT and its broadcast On Fox Sports.
What: Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC), Round Three, Melbourne Rising vs. North Harbour Rays
When: Thursday September 3rd, 7:30pm AEST
Where: Manly Oval, Sydney
Watch: FOX Sports will broadcast this match LIVE and exclusive on Channel 502 from 7:30pm.
The Melbourne Rising and North Harbour Rays clashed back in Round One of the inaugural NRC in 2014 at AAMI Park, with the Rising get the win to start a run of eight straight which saw them finish the regular season fixtures as undefeated minor premiers.
The match is well remembered as both the first time Sefanaia Naivalu gained national presence, and also for arguably the hit of the 2014 NRC as Lopeti Timani monstered former Rebel Luke Holmes; perhaps fortunately for Holmes, the Rays’ Captain, Timani remains in the final throes of recovery from injury and won’t be sighted until Round Five at the earliest.
Naivalu? He went on to secure a Super Rugby contract with the Rebels and star in his first season of Super Rugby, winning the Club’s People’s Choice Award along the way, however a broken leg suffered in South Africa in the latter stages of the season sees him miss the NRC while he completes his recovery.
This time around, it’s a first Rising visit to Manly oval, home of this year’s Shute Shield runners up the Manly Marlins. It’s where Jordy Reid received his Rugby education before moving to the Rebels, and its home to a passionate and loyal support base. The Melbourne Rising are five from five away from home in this competition, but will certainly need to have their wits about them behind enemy lines.
In any doubt? Take the time to watch the replay of the Rays’ super impressive victory over the Perth Spirit in Round Two of the NRC, and you’ll see just what a stern test the hosts will be for a Melbourne Rising side determined to hit back after suffering their first loss of the season at the hands of Brisbane City on Saturday.
While they’re not full of contracted Super Rugby players, the likes of Holmes, his brother Josh Holmes, Sam Lane and new Rebels signing Reece Hodge were pivotal in Manly’s Shute Shield charge this year, and their existing combinations have helped the Rays gel as a unit very quickly.
Backrower Sam Ward was part of the Melbourne Rebels’ extended training squad during the 2015 Super Rugby pre-season and is an animal at the breakdown, while his Warringah teammate in the pack Cam Treloar is a hugely experienced and wily operator.
Pat Leafa is a leader within the Melbourne Rising squad, and the hooker will need to lead by example as the visitors look to use the set piece as their platform to release exciting backs such as Stacey Ili, Justin Marsters, Jonah Placid and Filipe Vilitati.
He has combined well with Steve Cummins to execute the Rising lineout so far this year, and as always Pat has been around the field racking up big numbers of carries and tackles.
One of just three players, alongside Jack Debreczeni and Lloyd Johansson, to have played every game in the Rising’s history, Pat will help lead the charge in Manly.
Melbourne Rising: 1. Fereti Sa’aga, 2. Pat Leafa, 3. Duncan Chubb, 4. Murray Douglas, 5. Steve Cummins, 6. Jordy Reid, 7. Scott Fuglistaller (Captain), 8. Colby Fainga’a, 9. Ben Meehan, 10. Jack Debreczeni, 11. Stacey Ili, 12. Lloyd Johansson, 13. Leo Taliu, 14. Justin Marsters, 15. Jonah Placid
Interchange: 16. Mitch Andrews, 17. Tom Moloney*, 18. Matt Onesemo, 19. Sam Jeffries, 20. Pom Simona, 21. Maradona Farao, 22. Sione Tuipulotu, 23. Filipe Vilitati
North Harbour Rays: 1. Mitch Lewis, 2. Luke Holmes (Captain), 3. Lawrance Hunting, 4. Mark Johnson, 5. Cameron Treloar, 6. Jack Dempsey, 7. Boyd Killingworth, 8. Sam Ward, 9. Josh Holmes, 10. Hamish Angus, 11. Tyson Davis, 12. Tom Hill, 13. Dennis Pili-Gaitau, 14. Alex Northam, 15. Reece Hodge
Interchange: 16. Vance Elliott, 17. Rory O’Connor, 18. Nick Fraser, 19. Harry Rorke, 20. Harry Bergelin, 21. Tim Donlan, 22. Michael Adams, 23. Richard Woolf.