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    Perth Spirit vs Sydney Rays

    National Rugby Championship, 21 October, 2017

    McGillivray Oval
    Fulltime - Perth Spirit 31, Sydney Rays 46
    Perth Spirit   Sydney Rays
    31 FINAL SCORE 46
    5 TRIES 6
    3 CONVERSION KICKS 5
    0 PENALTY GOALS 2
    0 DROP GOALS 0
     
     
    Referee: Angus Gardner
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    Last year’s champions, Perth Spirit, are aiming to bounce back from their last-start loss when they host the struggling Sydney Rays. Join The Roar for live scores of the match from 5pm (AEDT).

    Perth could’ve locked up a spot in the top four with a win last time out, but now a loss this weekend could see them slip out of finals contention – such is the congested nature of the top of the table.

    The Spirit currently sit fifth, one spot outside the finals, but could finish as high as second if results go their way in the remaining two rounds.

    Ben McCalman returns to the starting side at number 8, while Michael Ruru and Peter Grant continue their relationship at 9 and 10. Nick Jooste comes into the side at fullback, Jordan Luke taking his place on the pine.

    One thing Perth do very well is spoil ball at the breakdown, and slow things down. It was the foundation of their title win last year, and they’ve lost none of their defensive tenacity this season. McCalman’s return to the starting XV should only bolster this, and it should be too much for this young Rays side to handle.

    For the Rays, Irae Simone shifts to inside centre, while Nick Duffy drops to the bench, replaced by young gun Harry Nucifora.

    Bryce Hegarty’s return at five-eighth should provide some stability to another young side that has struggled to gain a foothold in a competitive 2017 competition.

    Prediction
    Perth to bounce back from the disappointing loss.

    The Spirit by 24.

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    • Roar Pro

      9:45pm
      Crazy Horse said | 9:45pm | ! Report

      Wel that was disappointing. I don ‘t know who that was wearing Perth jerseys in the second half because there was no similarity between them and the Spirit team in the first half. Just outplayed. Well done Sydney.

      Hit of the match was Pek Cowan running through two Sydney players early in the second half.

      Congratulations to the Geraldton Tiger Sharks for their win over the Dunsborough Dungbeetles.

      • 2:17am
        ScottD said | 2:17am | ! Report

        Bugger! I was going for the Dungbeetles

      • Roar Guru

        8:44pm
        Timbo (L) said | 8:44pm | ! Report

        What a bout Ritchie’s Giraffe imitation as he bolted for the try line?
        I think Cheeks might be looking at the Wrong Arnold. This one is faster, and goes longer. A better balance of Brawn and speed in my book.

        Perth’s game strategy and cycle time was terrific, but it looked like the ball and some of the opposition were covered in spiders. The handling was woeful and they fell off a few too many important tackles. It was good to see Ben “Big Dog” MacCalman back and some clubbies get an extended run in preparation for the Baa Baas Exodus next weekend.

        Well done Rays, you played a great game and are deserved winners.
        You had me clapping your performances, albeit begrudgingly, from my spot at Mac”Hill”vray oval.

        • Roar Guru

          7:53am
          John R said | 7:53am | ! Report

          Richie is coming along quite quickly aye. Will be interesting to see how he continues to progress in Super Rugby next year.

          Same with Matt Philip. Reminds me a wee bit of Sam Cane

    • 6:26pm
      Paul D said | 6:26pm | ! Report

      NSW NSW NSW!

    • 5:48pm
      Josj said | 5:48pm | ! Report

      Ye

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