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Round 5 of the NRC kicks off tonight with Queensland Country hosting the Greater Sydney Rams at Ballymore, their first game at the venue.
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The Rams will be confident heading into this one, having been successful in their last two at bats in the NRC. Country, on the other hand, must be at a loss as to what to do with their season, with no wins yet from three games after they went down to North Harbour last week thanks to a late try.
Queensland Country will be scratching their heads as to what they have to do to get a win. They had all the running in the second half against the Rays, but a late hitback saw them sink to their third loss in a row.
Brett McKay summed their plight up best in his own way in his NRC wrap this week:
“Country hoisted the wet sail in the last thirty minutes to not just draw level, but to even take a 29-24 lead with around five minutes to go.”
The Rams are a team in form, having won two on the trot, although their win over the Sydney Stars won’t be giving too many of the top teams nightmares. Taqele Naiyaravaro, is precisely the stuff of nightmares, having scored four tries and terrorised opposing defences in the tournament thus far. He gave the Stars a torrid time of it last week, and will be looking to do the same again this week.
They will want to put this game safely away, with a bonus point if possible, against a winless Queensland Country team with no big ‘ins’ to speak of.
Will Slipper, James’ brother, will make his debut from the bench this weekend for Queensland Country too, so keep an eye out on him from the bench.
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