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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
    Touch judges: &
    TMO:

    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.