NRC: Grand final teams arrive in Tamworth

by Marty Cambridge

The two NRC finalists have arrived in Tamworth ahead of the decider at Scully Park tomorrow night.

Perth Spirit were first to land in the NSW regional town after travelling from the west coast to Sydney last night.

“We came here with a mission and we’ve already done a bit of travelling this year so to add a little bit more on the end is perfect for us,” flyhalf Jono Lance said.

It’s the Spirit’s second crack at an NRC trophy, after they went down to Brisbane City in the first year of the competition. 

“It’s a privelege to make a grand final and the boys are in a really good place,” coach Dwayne Nestor said.

“There’s a sense of confidence and self-belief in the group that you obviously need going into a grand-final.”

The NSW Country Eagles flew in an hour later and headed straight to Scully Park for their captain’s run, coach Darren Coleman very happy to be back in Tamworth. 

“We’ve got a bit of affiliation with Tamworth now, we came here last year and we’d like to think people will come out and have an affiliation with us because we’ve been here a few times,” he said.

The minor premiers under no illusion as to the challenge laying ahead.

“They’re going to be strong, we always knew they would be strong,” he said. 

“They’ve had some good momentum into the playoffs so it’s going to be a good challenge.”

Catch the Buildcorp NRC grand final LIVE and exclusive on FOX SPORTS 502 at 7:45pm AEDT following the Bledisloe Cup.