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    Melbourne Rising vs Canberra Vikings

    National Rugby Championship, 8 October, 2017

    Frankston Oval
    Fulltime - Melbourne Rising 12, Canberra Vikings 36
    Melbourne Rising   Canberra Vikings
    12 FINAL SCORE 36
    2 TRIES 6
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Will Houston
    Touch judges: &

    The Melbourne Rising will be out to gain some respect when the play the Canberra Vikings. It is the third game of Round 6 of the NRC and The Roar has the match preview and live score updates from kickoff, at 1pm (AEDT).

    The two teams are sitting at opposite ends of the spectrum, the struggling Rising have recorded one win this year while the Vikings are equal first and enjoyed a 66-5 thrashing of the Drua last week.

    That doesn’t mean that this match is a dead rubber though, as the young Melbourne team are as exciting as they come, and will push the Vikings to the absolute limit.

    The Rising has had an unlucky season by all accounts. Despite their strong performance and young, exciting squad, they have failed to produce the results this year.

    They most recently went down to Queensland Country 54-12 and although finals are now out of contention, they can lay a good foundation for next year with solid performances in the remaining rounds.

    The Melbourne team will be praising the return of Wallabies number 8 Lopeti Timani and will expect a big impact from him. The 124kg forward will likely have a big game as he tries to get back into the green and gold jersey.

    The men from Canberra will still be flying high from their unexpected victory on the weekend. They played a good, measured game and certainly sent shockwaves throughout the competition. Their forward pack, in particular, their backrow, is looking very strong and are poised to do big things come finals time.

    One of these players, flanker Tom Cusack, was an absolute monster last weekend and dominated the majority of statistics. Already boasting an impressive rugby resume, Cusack will surely sure up the Brumbies back row stocks next year after this fantastic NRC season.

    The Vikings should win this game, however, they can’t travel down to Melbourne with the game already won in their heads. The Rising has an exciting squad who can do a lot of damage when they click. Expect the Vikings to be pushed right until the final whistle.

    Vikings to win 32-20

    The Crowd Says (14)

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    • 4:34am
      sittingbison said | 4:34am | ! Report

      No comments from TWAS, sockpuppets or ARU shills?

      Come on fellas, you are letting Vic rugby down

      • Roar Guru

        Train Without A Station said | 11:57am | ! Report

        What a shock to see a Rising team with only 1 of the Rebels best 15 (Timani), and 4 of the Rebels best 23 (Timani, Siliva, Toolis & Sa’aga) available, struggling…

        • 4:31am
          Ex force fan said | 4:31am | ! Report

          Same excuse different Melbourne team.

        • 5:50pm
          republican said | 5:50pm | ! Report

          …….yeah but they will bounce back courtesy of the filthy lucre they are receiving to ensure ultimate success.
          This has always been the ARU’s focus, while it has been at the expedience of the Force and before that, it was an incessantly clandestine campaign by the VRU & ARU, to relocate the Brumbies to mecca.
          Melbourne like Sydney is an insatiable and commercially powerful sporting heavy weight that mostly have their way and at any cost. The Rebels have already started their spending spree, to coerce an ex AB to the management fray, as well as tapping into the Storms success, in the hope they can replicate the plastic Melbourne League entity.
          There is no stopping the Melbourne Union juggernaut, to be sure……….

    • Columnist

      Geoff Parkes said | 2:58pm | ! Report

      Full time, Vikings 36, Rising 12

      Professional win by a very well organised, more experienced Vikings team.

      The second half saw their pack get right on top, two tries coming directly off a dominant scrum, and another to the impressive Rob Valetini, from a charge down from related pressure. A shout out to halfback Ryan Lonergan’s decisive service, and to a very effective loose forward unit. Many of this Vikings side will continue with the Brumbies, which is exactly what this competition should be achieving.

      The young Rising side tried hard, their best probably Sione Tuipolotu, who is having a strong season, and workhorse open-side flanker Ikapote Tupai.

      All in all a successful promotion, linked into the Frankston Festival of Rugby, with plenty of vocal support in the grandstand for both sides.

      • 4:55pm
        Fionn said | 4:55pm | ! Report

        I wonder if Valetini might be able to force his way into the starting XV for ht Brumbies. Prior to the NRC I didn’t even have him on my bench, but at present I’d like to see 6. Valetini, 7. Pocock, 8. Naisarani.

      • Roar Guru

        Train Without A Station said | 1:45pm | ! Report

        I was going to criticize Hilton’s coaching but looking at the Rising squad between the ongoing injuries from the Rebels season, new injuries, departures and rise of a couple of players to Wallabies duty they have been hit harder than I gave them credit for.

        From the 2017 Rebels squad, the following fully contracted players have departed early:
        1. Lomax
        2. Metcher
        3. Leafa
        4. Hanson
        5. Day*
        6. Retallick*
        7. Douglas
        8. Fox
        9. Mafi*
        10. Schatz
        11. Meehan
        12. Debreczeni
        13. Garden-Bachop*
        14. Volavola
        15. Inman
        16. Placid

        * Were always going to be unavailable for NRC though.

        Then in addition to the injuries that Toolis and Leota returning to the park for the first time in 2017 in the last fortnight the following players are still yet to get on the field for 2017:

        17. Jeffries
        18. Pama Fou
        19. Dom Shipperly

        And then the following are out injured now:

        19. Cummins
        20. Esei Ha’angana
        21. Reid
        22. Stirzacker
        23. Naivalu

        and then of course a couple with the Wallabies:

        24. Uelese
        25. Hodge
        26. McMahon
        27. Koribete
        28. Smith

        That’s a lot of players to be missing in addition to English, Weeks and Fainga’a who are just not playing NRC for whatever reason.

        • Columnist

          Geoff Parkes said | 9:39pm | ! Report

          No question TWAS, this was a very inexperienced team compared to the Vikings.

          Even so, they took the game up to them really well, but just lacked combinations and a bit of composure, and then gave up some soft tries at the other end.

          I think what we’re seeing is a continuation of the year from hell, which is still playing out. The organisation is still sorting through their playing list for SR, and once all of that falls into place there’ll be a better sense of where everyone fits, and I’d say they’re going to end up with a pretty fair NRC side next year.

          • 4:34am
            Ex force fan said | 4:34am | ! Report

            ……when the Spirit play in Rising colours?

          • 5:34pm
            sittingbison said | 5:34pm | ! Report

            Geoff, how did the Spirit during the Forces years of hell?

        • 5:56pm
          republican said | 5:56pm | ! Report

          ……..but you have always boasted the GR depth of Vic Rugby Train, so where is it exactly.
          I believe Kiwis are returning to their homeland in number, so that may explain part of the puzzle………..

    • Columnist

      Geoff Parkes said | 2:01pm | ! Report

      Half-time Vikings 19, Rising 7

      Very entertaining first half in dry, sunny, but windy conditions at Frankston.

      The Rising have enjoyed the majority of possession and the run of play, but the Vikings well organised defence has picked off a number of turnovers, and kept them comfortably in front on the scoreboard. Their line was only breached in the final minute of the half when nuggety fly-half Jack McGregor squeezed through to score.

      The Vikings on the other hand, have made the most of their opportunities, scoring at close range from a scrum and lineout maul. They have enjoyed the advantage of the strong breeze however, which the Rising will have in the second half.

      Of the Wallabies rejects, Rory Arnold has stood out, although Lopeti Timani has had a couple of strong runs. Lots of positive endeavour, some nice handling skills and plenty of big hits in front of what is a fairly decent crowd.

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