NRC: Buildcorp National Rugby Championship Round 5 preview

by staff

The fifth round of the 2015 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship kicks off this Thursday night when the red-hot UC Vikings entertain the Sydney Stars at Viking Park, Canberra. The Horan-Little Shield will also be on the line at Ballymore Stadium when the NSW Country Eagles travel north of the border to take on Brisbane City.


Round 5

Match: UC Vikings v Sydney Stars

When: Thursday 17 September. Kick-off 7.30pm AEST

Where: Viking Park, Canberra.

Match Referee: Damien Mitchelmore

Broadcast Information: FOX SPORTS Rugby World Cup Channel 502

UC Vikings Form Guide: WWW

Sydney Stars Form Guide: WWL 

Last Time They Met: 20/09/14; Sydney Stars 37-37 UC Vikings; Leichhardt Oval, Sydney

Match Notes: Both the Vikings and Stars have already won more matches this season than they did in 2014.


Match: Melbourne Rising v Greater Sydney Rams

When: Saturday 19 September. Kick-off 2pm AEST

Where: La Trobe City Stadium, Morwell.

Match Referee: Matt O'Brien

Broadcast Information: and FOX SPORTS Now

Melbourne Rising Form Guide: WLW

Greater Sydney Rams Form Guide: LLL

Last Time They Met: 11/10/14; Greater Sydney Rams 40-58 Melbourne Rising; Pirtek Stadium, Sydney

Match Notes: The Rams travel to Victoria this weekend needing a win to keep their chances of Finals football alive. 


Match: Queensland Country v Perth Spirit

When: Saturday 19 September. Kick-off 6pm AEST

Where: Victoria Park, Rockhampton.

Match Referee: Rohan Hoffmann

Broadcast Information: and FOX SPORTS Now

Queensland Country Form Guide: LLW

Perth Spirit Form Guide: LLL

Last Time They Met: 04/10/14; Perth Spirit 68-29 Queensland Country; Rockingham RUC, Perth

Match Notes: Queensland Country's Sam Greene is the competition's top points scorer with 57 to his name. Country will be looking to avenge their loss in Perth last season - their club record defeat.


Match: Brisbane City v CSU Country Eagles

When: Sunday 20 September. Kick-off 3.30pm AEST

Where: Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane.

Match Referee: Nic Berry

Broadcast Information: and FOX SPORTS Now

Brisbane City Form Guide: WWW

NSW Country Eagles Form Guide: WLW

Last Time They Met: 14/09/14; NSW Country Eagles 26-34 Brisbane City; Oakes Oval, Lismore.

Match Notes: 2015 top try scorer Junior Laloifi faces off against all-time competition top try scorer Andrew Kellaway as Brisbane City battle the Country Eagles with the Horan-Little Shield on the line.