NRC: Buildcorp National Rugby Championship - Semi final preview

by staff

The Buildcorp National Rugby Championship Semi-Finals are fast approaching.

Melbourne Rising, Charles Sturt University NSW Country Eagles and McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City have all cemented a spot in next week’s knock-out stage, but fourth spot is still up for grabs.  

Check out where your team could finish up following this week’s results.

Points will be awarded in all pool matches on the following basis:

Win: 4 points

Draw: 2 points

Loss: 1 point for loss within 8 points or less than the team that wins

Loss: 0 points for loss of more than 8 points

Bonus: 1 point for scoring 3 or more tries than your opponent

Bye: 0 points

Melbourne Rising

Playing: Bond University Queensland Country

Current position: 1st (35 points, +194 differential)

Melbourne Rising have well and truly locked in the number one spot following seven straight bonus point wins, accumulating 35 competition points. They will play Queensland Country at AAMI Park this Saturday and return to their home venue for their semi-final next weekend.

Charles Sturt University NSW Country Eagles

Playing: Property Club Perth Spirit

Current Position: 2nd (23 points, +43 differential)

The NSW Country Eagles are in the box seat to host the second semi-final if they can beat the Perth Spirit in Dubbo on Saturday evening. Eagles flyer Andrew Kellaway currently leads the Buildcorp NRC try-scoring tally, having scored nine five-pointers in just seven matches.

McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City

 Playing: University of Canberra Vikings

 Current Position: 3rd (21 points, +17 differential)

 Win, lose or draw, Brisbane City will be in the Buildcorp NRC semi-finals next week and could possibility host one of the two clashes if they win and the NSW Country Eagles lose. Quade Cooper’s return helped Brisbane City notch up 77 points against the North Harbour Rays last week, which cemented their spot in the final four.

Property Club Perth Spirit 

Playing: Charles Sturt NSW Country Eagles

Current Position: 4th (16 points, +48 differential)

Perth Spirit is currently hanging on in fourth position and will stay there next week if they win against the NSW Country Eagles this Saturday. They can potentially move up to third spot if they claim a bonus point win and Brisbane City go down to the UC Vikings.

PCS Greater Sydney Rams

Playing: Bye

Current Position: 5th (16 points, -11 differential)

The Greater Sydney Rams will sit sideline this weekend thanks to their first bye of the season, but could still claim fourth spot. They need the UC Vikings to lose, the North Harbour Rays to claim just four points and the Perth Spirit to fall to NSW Country Eagles by 60 points or more.

University of Canberra Vikings

Playing: McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City

Current Position: 6th (14 points, -7 differential)

The UC Vikings are a mathematical chance to make the Buildcorp NRC semi-finals next week if they can beat Brisbane City and if NSW Country Eagles claim a win against Perth Spirit. Henry Speight will make his debut, having being cleared to play for the Canberra side.

Macquarie University North Harbour Rays 

Playing: Sydney Stars

Current Position: 7th (12 points, -78 differential)

Bond University Queensland Country 

Playing: Melbourne Rising

Current Position: 8th (11 points, -52 differential)

Sydney Stars

Playing: Macquarie University North Harbour Rays

Current Position: 9th (3 points, -154 differential)