NRC: Buildcorp National Rugby Championship - Round 6 Preview

by staff

Round 6 of the Buildcorp NRC kicks off tonight at 7.30pm AEST 

The sixth round of the 2015 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship kicks off this Thursday night in a battle of the country boys - Queensland Country travel south of the border to take on the NSW Country Eagles at Newcastle No 2 Sports Ground. The UC Vikings will be looking to take advantage of Brisbane City's bye week by taking over at the top of the table, while it's a huge Sydney derby on Sunday when the Stars host the Greater Sydney Rams at Leichhardt Oval.


Round 6

Match: CSU Country Eagles v Queensland Country

When: Thursday 24 September. Kick-off 7.30pm AEST

Where: Newcastle No 2 Sports Ground, Newcastle

Match Referee: Ed Martin

Broadcast Information: FOX SPORTS Rugby World Cup Channel 502

CSU Country Eagles Form Guide: LWL

Queensland Country Form Guide: LWL

Last Time They Met: 30/08/14; Queensland Country 13-37 CSU Country Eagles; Bond University, Gold Coast

Match Notes: The Country Eagles will be looking to bounce back from their heavy defeat in Brisbane last weekend by welcoming back a host of stars including 'The Fire' Andrew Kellaway. The Eagles are just outside of the finals positions at the halfway mark of their season.


Match: North Harbour Rays v UC Vikings

When: Saturday 26 September. Kick-off 3pm AEST

Where: Pittwater Rugby Park, Sydney

Match Referee: Matt O'Brien

Broadcast Information: and FOX SPORTS Now

North Harbour Rays Form Guide: WLL

UC Vikings Form Guide: WWW

Last Time They Met: 02/11/14; UC Vikings 21-21 North Harbour Rays; Viking Park, Canberra

Match Notes: Vikings outside back Nigel Ah-Wong became the first player to score four tries in a game this season in the 60-point demolition of the Sydney Stars last Thursday.


Match: Perth Spirit v Melbourne Rising

When: Saturday 26 September. Kick-off 3.30pm AEST

Where: McGillivray Fields, UWA Park, Perth

Match Referee: Graham Cooper

Broadcast Information: and FOX SPORTS Now

Perth Spirit Form Guide: LLW

Melbourne Rising Form Guide: LWW

Last Time They Met: 25/10/14; Melbourne Rising 29-45 Perth Spirit; AAMI Park, Melbourne

Match Notes: The Spirit must win against third-placed Melbourne Rising to keep alive their outside chances of final football in 2015.


Match: Sydney Stars v Greater Sydney Rams

When: Sunday 27 September. Kick-off 3.00pm AEST

Where: Leichhardt Oval, Sydney

Match Referee: Andrew Lees

Broadcast Information: and FOX SPORTS Now

Sydney Stars Form Guide Form Guide: WLL

Greater Sydney Rams Form Guide: LLL

Last Time They Met: 13/09/14; Greater Sydney Rams 47-18 Sydney Stars; Pirtek Stadium, Sydney

Match Notes: The Rams have lost three of their four games this season by six points or less - two of those by just one point (versus NSW Country Eagles 31-32 and Melbourne Rising 36-37).


2015 Buildcorp NRC standings after five rounds:

1 Brisbane City 24 points

2 UC Vikings 19 points

3 Sydney Stars 14 points

4 Melbourne Rising 12 points

5 CSU Country Eagles 8 points

6 Perth Spirit 6 points

7 North Harbour Rays 5 points

8 Queensland Country 5 points

9 Greater Sydney Rams 3 points