Watch National Rugby Championship NRC Live Streaming 2014 Sydney Stars vs Melbourne Rising match will be kick off at Leichhardt Oval, Sydney,Sunday 31 August 2014 online, Time 15:00 AEDT and its broadcast Online.
The Stars will be enjoying the longer preparation this week, having played last Thursday and not playing until Sunday, in what is also their first home game and return of top-level rugby to Leichhardt Oval.
The Stars got out to a great start in the competition’s first game in Brisbane, only to fall away in the second half as the possession and territory share evened up and Brisbane City ran away with the games
The Stars will confirm their side later this morning, and both Michael Hodge and Balmain centre Matt Kenny were having finals tests last night to see if they will be cleared to play, after picking up injuries early in the first half in Brisbane. Paddy Ryan and Peter Betham may be out, with the Wallabies squad reconvening in Perth on Sunday afternoon.
Melbourne ran in a competition-high eight tries last Sunday against North Harbour at home, with rave reviews for bulking centre Sefanaia Naivalu. The performances of halves Nic Stirzaker and Jack Debreczeni were particularly impressive last week too, and it’s not difficult to see a long-term Super Rugby pairing in these two.
My Melbourne spies are telling me everyone came through the Rays game unscathed, and a largely unchanged side is expected.
Sydney Stars: 1. Jeremy Tilse 2. Tom Coolican 3. Paddy Ryan 4. Ryan Wilson 5. Will Skelton 6. Andrew Leota 7. Patrick McCutcheon (C) 8. Sam Quinn 9. Jock Merriman 10. Stuart Dunbar 11. Henry Clunies-Ross 12. Jonathan Fakai 13. Jim Stewart 14. James Dargaville 15. Mathew Kenny
Melbourne Rising : Toby Smith, Pat Leafa, Paul Alo-Emile, Sam Jeffries, Cadeyrn Neville, Luke Jones, Sean McMahon, Lopeti Timani, Nic Stirzaker, Jack Debreczeni, Tom English, Mitch Inman, Sefanaia Naivalu, Telusa Veainu, Jonah Placid. Reserves: Tom Sexton, Tuiatua Tuia, Cruze Ah-Nau, OJ Noa, Sione Taufa, Ben Meehan, Lloyd Johansson, Joe Kamana.