Watch NRC Free Perth Spirit vs Melbourne Rising Live Stream 2015 Online Australia Rugby Championship Round 06 Online Free. Perth Spirit vs Melbourne Rising match will be kick off at UWA Sports Park, Perth, Australia, Saturday 26 September 2015 online, Time 17:30 (AEDT) NRC Perth Spirit vs Melbourne Rising Live Streaming and its broadcast On Fox Sports.
The Perth Spirit have made plenty of changes for this one, bringing the likes of Wallaby Tetera Faulkner, experienced backrower Angus Cottrell and flashy outside centre Solomoni Junior Rasolea into the starting lineup, as well as young guns Ryan Louwrens, Brad Lacey and Ross Haylett-Petty. The depth in their squad is shown by the fact that last weekend’s sharp shooting hero Ian Prior, who scored a try and had a 100% record off the tee from eight attempts, drops to the bench.
This time last year the Rising was on the charge and everyone’s tip as the inaugural NRC Premiers. They smashed basically every team they played on their way to the Minor Premiership, securing maximum points in each game. 2015 has been a little more challenging. They’ve only lost the one game, the Brisbane City in Round 2, but their losses have all been close with the largest winning margin being 8 points in their first round win against Queensland Country. 2014 surprise Grand Finalists, the Perth Spirit have only just won their first game of the season – a 64-34 thrashing of Queensland Country (leading 40-8 at half time). It may be just the performance, on a long road trip, that will spur the Spirit on to another challenge on the finals series. I’m predicting this, my match of the round, will be the Spirit’s season defining performance with an upset on the cards.
I don’t want to be repetitive but I have to go with the scrumhalf battle again. Ian Prior had a masterful game last weekend against Queensland Country and scored an NRC record 29 points, thanks to a try and eight conversions. Ben Meehan started the season with a burst and has settled into the Rising starting side quite easily. A somewhat unhappy outing last week against the Rays will need to be turned around in Perth to keep Prior corralled and the Spirit on the back foot.
My apologies, but I’m going clichéd again here and going for the backrow battle. I only do it because both teams have such a wonderful backrow combination that are both so critical to their respective performances. For the Rising they have had consistency through Colby Fainga’a, Jordy Reid and Scott Fugistaller for most of the season, with Lopeti Timani having his first run at No 8 last weekend. The backrow has always been a strength of the Force and it remains so for the Spirit. No matter what combination they go for this weekend Cottrell, Alcock, Koteka, Hardwick, Seumanutafa, et al, if they manage to click as a unit they will create concern for the opposition – on both sides of the ball.
The Rising left it late, with two tries in the final five minutes to snare the one point win, while the Spirit at one point led 64-8 in Rockhampton before Queensland Country scored the final four tries of the match. These two teams met twice in 2014, both times in Melbourne. Lopeti Timani scored a double as the Melbourne Rising won 44-24 in Round Four last year, before the Spirit extracted revenge with a 45-29 win in the Semi Final to eliminate the minor premiers, Jonah Placid and Jack Debreczeni scoring tries for the home side.
Spirit: 1. Chris Heiberg, 2. Heath Tessmann (C), 3. Tetera Faulkner, 4. Adrian Hall, 5. Ross Haylett-Petty, 6. Kane Koteka, 7 Richard Hardwick, 8. Angus Cottrell, 9. Ryan Louwrens, 10. Luke Burton, 11. Brad Lacey, 12. Kyle Godwin, 13. Solomoni Rasolea, 14. Maalonga Konelio, 15. Byron Hutchinson
Reserves: 16. Anaru Rangi, 17. Francois van Wyk, 3. Jermaine Ainsley, 19. Riley Winter, 20. Alex Rovira, 21. Ian Prior, 22. Faamanatu Apineru, 23. Daley Harper
Rising: 1. Cruze Ah-Nau, 2. Pat Leafa, 3. Duncan Chubb, 4. Sam Jeffries, 5. Luke Jones, 6. Jordy Reid, 7. Scott Fuglistaller (C), 8. Lopeti Timani, 9. Ben Meehan, 10. Jack Debreczeni, 11. Stacey Ili, 12. Lloyd Johansson, 13. Dom Shipperley, 14. Tom English, 15. Jonah Placid.
Reserves: 16. Mitch Andrews, 17. Fereti Sa’aga, 18. Tom Moloney, 19. Steve Cummins, 20. Colby Fainga’a, 21. Maradona Farao, 22. Sione Tuipulotu, 23. Justin Marsters,