Watch NRC NSW Country Eagles vs Perth Spirit Live Stream 2016 NRC Grand Finale Free Online Australia National Rugby Championship Online Free. Sydney Rays vs Perth Spirit match will be kick off at Scully Park, West Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia, Saturday 22 October 2016 Online, Time 19:45 (AEDT) NRC NSW Country Eagles vs Perth Spirit Live Streaming and its broadcast On Fox Sports.
The best attacking team in the competition, the Eagles, have been running in tries for fun this season – averaging 5.5 tries per game in 2016 – now come up against the Spirit, who boast one of the better defences in the NRC, conceding just 3.9 tries a game.
Of course, just to confused the issue, Perth aren’t too shabby in the attack department either, and the Eagles share the best defensive record in the comp. So there’s two pars that cancel each other out, right there.
Country won through to the Final with an initially patient but ultimately ruthless 50-24 demolition of Melbourne Rising in Newcastle last Saturday. After trailing 16-0 inside the first ten minutes, the Eagles put on 42 unanswered points between the 12th and the 61st minutes to ice the game.
Perth were favoured by only 35 per cent of you lot in The Crowd (and by none of Geoff, Paddy, and myself!), yet took out their semi in such dominant fashion against the Sydney Rays, that I know I was left wondering why on earth I doubted them. Their 42-24 win over the Rays required plenty of hard work in the first half, but after taking the lead before halftime, they went on with the job in the second half. The Rays’ injury toll was a factor, no doubt, but I think Perth would’ve beaten a fully fit Rays side anyway.
Country will be very happy for Tom Robertson and Tolu Latu earning Wallabies squad selection against this week, but it does immediately re-raise concerns about their scrum. With those two out, hooker Folau Fa’ainga comes back into the starting side, as does Sam Needs, with Luke Holmes and Cam Betham coming onto the bench.
Otherwise, it’s an unchanged line-up for the Eagles, including the standout backrow of Sam Figg, Rowan Perry, and Sam Ward, and their all-star backline.
Perth have also made two changes, and one of them is huge. 2015 NRC Player of the Year Jono Lance has been named at ten for his return from a hamstring injury, forcing Ian Prior back to the bench. Flanker Kane Koteka comes onto the bench, and AJ Alatimu and Russell Burges are the unlucky pair to miss out.
The ‘Perth pigs’ are unchanged, and will be high on confidence after their set piece and backrow domination of the Rays in the second semi last Sunday. With the Eagles having lineout issues and now a weakened scrum, the Spirit pack will be chomping at the bit to get into this contest.
NSW COUNTRY EAGLES (1-15): Paddy Ryan (c), Folau Fa’ainga, Sam Needs, Rohan O’Reegan, Tim Buchanan, Sam Figg, Rowan Perry, Sam Ward, Jake Gordon, Andrew Deegan, Alex Newsome, Kyle Godwin, David Horwitz, Reece Robinson, Andrew Kellaway.
Bench: Luke Holmes, Jed Gillespie, Cam Betham, Ryan McCauley, Tom Cusack, Mark Baldwin, Tayler Adams, Tom Hill.
PERTH SPIRIT: Pek Cowan, Heath Tessmann, Jermaine Ainsley, Kieran Stringer, Onehunga Havili, Ross Haylett-Petty, Richard Hardwick, Brynard Stander, Ryan Louwrens, Jono Lance, Semisi Masirewa, Ben Tapuai, Billy Meakes, Marcel Brache, Luke Morahan.
Bench: Anaru Rangi, Laione Mulikihaamea, Shambeckler Vui, Grayson Knapp, Kane Koteka, Michael Ruru, Ian Prior, Eric Vasukicakau