NRC: Buildcorp National Rugby Championship-Round 2 preview

by Rugby Australia

The second round of the 2015 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship kicks off this Thursday night when Queensland Country cross the border to take on the Sydney Stars. In the match-of-the-round, the Melbourne Rising entertain a star-studded Brisbane City side on Saturday afternoon.  


Round 2 

Match: Sydney Stars v Queensland Country  

When: Thursday 27 August. Kick-off 7.30pm AEST  

Where: Leichhardt Oval, Sydney.  

Match Referee: Graham Cooper  

Broadcast Information: FOX SPORTS Channel 502  

Sydney Stars Form Guide: LWW  

Queensland Country Form Guide: WLL  

Last Time They Met: 11/10/14; Queensland Country 53-29 Sydney Stars; Mike Carney Toyota Park, Townsville  

Match Notes: The Stars and Queensland Country finished in the bottom two spots on the ladder in the 2014 Buildcorp NRC, but have already both shown enough to suggest they'll be challenging for finals football this time around.  


Match: Melbourne Rising v Brisbane City  

When: Saturday 29 August. Kick-off 2pm AEST  

Where: Harlequin Rugby Park, Melbourne.  

Match Referee: Angus Gardner  

Broadcast Information: and FOX SPORTS Now  

Melbourne Rising Form Guide: WLW  

Brisbane City Form Guide: WWW  

Last Time They Met: 06/09/14; Melbourne Rising 79-18 Brisbane City; Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane  

Match Notes: In the match of the competition heavyweights, premiers Brisbane City will be looking to avenge last year's heavy home defeat to the Melbourne Rising when they take on the same opposition for the Horan-Little Shield.  


Match: NSW Country Eagles v UC Vikings  

When: Saturday 29 August. Kick-off 3pm AEST  

Where: Woollahra Oval, Sydney.  

Match Referee: Mike Lash (NZ)  

Broadcast Information: and FOX SPORTS Now  

NSW Country Eagles Form Guide: WLW  

UC Vikings Form Guide: DLL  

Last Time They Met: 11/10/14; NSW Country Eagles 42-37 UC Vikings; Viking Park, Canberra  

Match Notes: With a squad packed with Super Rugby talent, the Vikings from the nation's capital kick-off their 2015 campaign when they travel to Sydney's Eastern Suburbs to take on a NSW Country Eagles side looking to go two from two.  


Match: Perth Spirit v North Harbour Rays  

When: Saturday 29 August. Kick-off 3.30pm AWST  

Where: McGillivray Fields, UWA Park, Perth 

Match Referee: Andrew Lees  

Broadcast Information: and FOX SPORTS Now  

Perth Spirit Form Guide: WLL  

North Harbour Rays Form Guide: LLL  

Last Time They Met: 20/09/14; North Harbour Rays 32-29 Perth Spirit; Brookvale Oval, Sydney  

Match Notes: Perth Spirit have scored an eye-opening 131 points in their past two NRC home games and play a North Harbour Rays team who have only won once on the road since the competition's inception in 2014.