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Following a 20-16 victory over the Melbourne Rising in Round One, the Perth Spirit’s Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC) season continues when they head to the northern beaches to face the Sydney Rays from 4:30pm (AWST) at North Sydney Oval.
Last weekend saw the Spirit kick off their NRC season with a bang, winning their first home game of off the back of a Luke Morahan double along with a man of the match performance from 2015 NRC Player of the Year Jono Lance. The addition of former Gloucester centre Bill Meakes also helped bolster the side’s backline linking up well with Ben Tapuai in an outstanding debut.
This week the Spirit has made three changes to the starting XV that worked so well against the Rising, with head coach Dwayne Nestor opting for a full reshuffle of the front row. Laione Mulikahaamea, Anaru Rangi and Shambeckler Vui will slot in for Mees Erasmus, Harry Scoble and Jermaine Ainsley respectively.
They will face the Sydney Rays, who last weekend came away with an authoritative 50-30 bonus point win over fellow Sydney-siders the Rams. Winger Richard Woolf took until the 82nd minute to complete his double, but it was that last ditch try that secured the bonus point which would put them second on the ladder behind the UC Vikings. They will also be bolstered by the addition of Rio 2016 Olympic Sevens stars Cam Clark and Con Foley, with Clark starting at fullback and Foley expected to come off the bench.
After an outstanding 2016 Super Rugby season which saw him selected for the Wallabies earlier this year, Luke Morahan has continued his strong run of form through to the Buildcorp NRC. A gallant effort in Round One of the competition saw the classy outside back chalk up a double after collecting a ball off Shambeckler Vui in the early stages of the first half, followed by the 67th minute game-winner. Surrounding Morahan will be an untouched starting backline after the team show incredible chemistry from scrum-half to fullback last weekend. He will look to continue his recent try-scoring form through to the second round of the competition along with his veteran leadership in a young but fiery backline.
Facing Morahan and the Spirit backline will be Northern Suburbs and Sydney Rays try-scoring machine Richard Woolf, who also scored a crucial double for this side in the opening round last weekend. Woolf’s try-scoring prowess has continued from the Shute Shield season where he scored the grand-final winning try to break his clubs 41-year premiership drought in early August. His ferocious speed and tenacity sees him find the line more than most, and his work on the defensive end is also admirable with a proven ability of shutting down opposition wingers in the Shute Shield competition. This weekend may arguably be his toughest challenge yet, facing an internationally capped player in Morahan.
You may know Future Force Foundation prop Shambeckler Vui from his barnstorming 45-metre try against Italy in the U20’s World Cup, and he will enter the starting line-up this Friday in Sydney as part of a reshuffled front row. Last weekend Vui made a phenomenal offload to Luke Morahan in the opening stages of the second half to help put the Spirit over for their second try of the contest and his work as an attacking presence in the front row has been second to none. In his run-on Buildcorp NRC debut this weekend Vui will lock horns Waratahs kiwi-born prop Angus Ta’avao.
Standing at 194cm and holding a 125kg frame, monstrous prop Angus Ta’avao returns to the Sydney line-up for round two of the competition. Unusually tall in stature for a front-rower Ta’avao brings a strong combination of defence, mobility in attack and a mature, well-developed game. In the early stages of his career, Ta’avao notched up 48 caps for the Auckland Blues and has won an U20’s Junior World Championship with New Zealand. The Auckland-born prop will face a tough challenge lining up against a fresh-faced Spirit front row, with his size and wealth of experience likely to be the key.