NRC: Buildcorp National Rugby Championship - Round 3 preview

by Rugby Australia

The third round of the 2015 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship kicks off this Thursday night when 2014 minor premiers the Melbourne Rising travel to Sydney to take on the North Harbour Rays at Manly Oval. In the match-of-the-round, it's the Queensland derby, with Queensland Country taking on top-of-the-table Brisbane City at the Clive Berghofer Stadium in Toowoomba on Sunday.

Round 3

Match: North Harbour Rays v Melbourne Rising

When: Thursday 3 September. Kick-off 7.30pm AEST

Where: Manly Oval, Sydney.

Match Referee: Michael Hogan

Broadcast Information: FOX SPORTS Channel 502

North Harbour Rays Form Guide: LLW

Melbourne Rising Form Guide: LWL

Last Time They Met: 24/08/14; Melbourne Rising 55-34 North Harbour Rays; AAMI Park, Melbourne

Match Notes: Melbourne Rising are looking to bounce back following their first-ever regular season loss last weekend while the North Harbour Rays will be aiming to win their first home game in three attempts.

Match: UC Vikings v Greater Sydney Rams

When: Saturday 5 September. Kick-off 2pm AEST

Where: Viking Park, Canberra.

Match Referee: Will Houston

Broadcast Information: and FOX SPORTS Now

UC Vikings Form Guide: LLW

Greater Sydney Rams Form Guide: WLL

Last Time They Met: 28/08/14; UC Vikings 37-18 Greater Sydney Rams; Pirtek Stadium, Sydney

Match Notes: The Vikings won their first game since Round 3 last season when they beat the NSW Country Eagles last Saturday. The Rams, meanwhile, return from their bye week searching for their first win of the 2015 season.

Match: Sydney Stars v Perth Spirit

When: Saturday 5 September. Kick-off 3pm AEST

Where: Leichhardt Oval, Sydney

Match Referee: Mike Lash (NZ)

Broadcast Information: and FOX SPORTS Now

Sydney Stars Form Guide: WWW

Perth Spirit Form Guide: LLL

Last Time They Met: 28/09/14; Perth Spirit 63-21 Sydney Stars; HBF Arena, Perth

Match Notes: Two teams trending in different directions. The Sydney Stars are on a three-match winning streak - the only three games they have won in their short history. Prop Tom Robertson is the competition's leading try-scorer with three to his name.

Match: Queensland Country v Brisbane City

When: Sunday 6 September. Kick-off 3.30pm AEST

Where: Clive Berghofer Stadium, Toowoomba

Match Referee: Damien Mitchelmore

Broadcast Information: and FOX SPORTS Now

Queensland Country Form Guide: LLL

Brisbane City Form Guide: WWW

Last Time They Met: 28/09/14; Brisbane City 29-13 Queensland Country; Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane 

Match Notes: Early season front-runners Brisbane City are expected to welcome Karmichael Hunt back in their ranks as they travel to Toowoomba looking to extend their six-match winning streak in the National Rugby Championship.