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[VIDEO] Queensland Country vs Greater Sydney Rams: NRC Highlights, preview, banter

18th September, 2014
Teams:

Country

1. Haydn Hirsimaki – Sunnybank
2. Ryan Freney – GPS
3. Greg Holmes – Reds/Sunnybank (VC)
4. Rubin Fuimaono – Bond University
5. Dan Gorman – GPS
6. James Turner – Souths
7. Beau Robinson – Reds/Souths
8. Ben Adams – Sunnybank
9. Sam Grasso – GPS
10. Matt Brandon – Easts
11. Giles Beveridge – Brothers
12. Anthony Fainga’a – Reds/GPS (C)
13. Campbell Magnay – GPS
14. Tom Pincus – University of Queensland
15. Jamie-Jerry Taulagi – University of Queensland

Reserves
16. Tonga Ma’afu – Norths
17. Campbell Wakely – University of Queensland
18. Will Slipper – Bond University
19. Mitch King – GPS
20. Jack de Guingand – University of Queensland
21. James Tuttle – GPS
22. Clynton Knox – Brothers
23. Rota Setu – University of Queensland

Rams
1. Jed Gillespie
2. Hugh Roach
3. Guy Millar
4. Jared Barry
5. Steve Mafi
6. Hugh Perrett
7. Chris Alcock
8. Jed Holloway (Captain)
9. Mark Swanepoel
10. Ben Volavola
11. Taqele Naiyaravaro
12. Michael McDougall
13. Lalakai Foketi
14. Jarome MacKenzie
15. Dane Chisholm
REPLACEMENTS
16. Peni Ravai*
17. Cameron Betham*
18. Dave Lolohea (FR)
19. Dylan Sigg
20. Pat Sio
21. Vasa Falaelii
22. Jai Ayoub
23. Henry Seavula

Venue: Ballymore
Kickoff: 7:30pm AEST
TV: Fox Sports
Jed Gillespie during the first round of the 2014 NRC. (Image: AJF Photography)
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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.

Join us at 7:30pm AEST for updates from the community, banter and generally a bit of fun.

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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