NRC: Buildcorp National Rugby Championship - Round 9 Preview

by staff

It's the final round of the regular season in the 2015 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship. Brisbane City need to beat the Greater Sydney Rams to retain the Horan-Little Shield and claim the minor premiership. 


Meanwhile, five sides are still fighting for the two remaining finals spots with Sydney Stars, Melbourne Rising, CSU Country Eagles and the North Harbour Rays all in contention. The Perth Spirit has a bye but still has an outside chance of finals football if results go their way.


Round 9

Match: Queensland Country v UC Vikings

When: Thursday 15 October. Kick-off 6.30pm AEST

Where: Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast

Match Referee: Graham Cooper

Broadcast Information: FOX SPORTS Channel 502

Queensland Country Form Guide: LWL

UC Vikings Form Guide: WWL

Last Time They Met: 06/09/14; UC Vikings 26-21 Queensland Country; Viking Park, Canberra

Match Notes: The Vikings' 100% start to the season ended last week with defeat at home to Brisbane City. The Vikings need to win and hope Brisbane City slip up against the Greater Sydney Rams to secure the minor premiership. Captain Jarrad Butler is the competition's second top try scorer with seven.


Match: Brisbane City v Greater Sydney Rams

When: Saturday 17 October. Kick-off 3.30pm AEST

Where: Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane

Match Referee: Jordan Way

Broadcast Information: and FOX SPORTS Now

Brisbane City Form Guide: WWW

Greater Sydney Rams Form Guide: LWL

Last Time They Met: 03/10/14; Greater Sydney Rams 56-29 Brisbane City; Pirtek Stadium, Sydney

Match Notes: The Rams were the last team to beat Brisbane City in the NRC and need a win this weekend to give them a chance of avoiding the wooden spoon. With the Horan-Little Shield on the line, Brisbane City need to win to secure the minor premiership. 


Match: NSW Country Eagles v North Harbour Rays

When: Saturday 17 October. Kick-off 4.00pm AEDT

Where: Ann Ashwood Park, Bathurst

Match Referee: Nic Berry

Broadcast Information: and FOX SPORTS Now

NSW Country Eagles Form Guide: LWL

North Harbour Rays Form Guide: LLW

Last Time They Met: 04/09/14; North Harbour Rays 21-33 NSW Country Eagles; Brookvale Oval, Sydney

Match Notes: Both teams still harbour outside hopes of qualifying for the finals - nothing short of a comfortable victory for either side will likely be enough. Rays flyhalf Hamish Angus is third overall in the competition top points scorers with 77 to his name.


Match: Melbourne Rising v Sydney Stars

When: Sunday 18 October. Kick-off 1.30pm AEDT

Where: Frankston Oval, Frankston

Match Referee: Will Houston

Broadcast Information: and FOX SPORTS Now

Melbourne Rising Form Guide: LLW

Sydney Stars Form Guide: LWL

Last Time They Met: 31/08/14; Sydney Stars 13-45 Melbourne Rising; Leichhardt Oval, Sydney

Match Notes: Any win for the Rising or Stars will guarantee a finals berth. The Stars travel to Victoria having only won one away game in their franchise history while the Rising have only lost one regular season home match since the competition started in August 2014.


2015 Buildcorp NRC standings after Round 8:

1 Brisbane City 33 points, 2 UC Vikings 30 points, 3 Sydney Stars 19 points, 4 Perth Spirit 16 points, 5 Melbourne Rising 16 points, 6 CSU Country Eagles 14 points, 7 North Harbour Rays 11 points, 8 Queensland Country 9 points, 9 Greater Sydney Rams 7 points