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    Melbourne Rising vs NSW Country Eagles

    National Rugby Championship, 22 October, 2017

    Harlequin Oval
    Fulltime - Melbourne Rising 19, NSW Country Eagles 47
    Melbourne Rising   NSW Country Eagles
    19 FINAL SCORE 47
    3 TRIES 7
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Will Houston
    Touch judges: &

    The NSW Country Eagles need to win to keep their season alive when they travel to Harlequin Oval to take on the bottom-placed Melbourne Rising. Join The Roar for live scores of the match from 2:30pm (AEDT).

    The form guide suggests that Darren Coleman’s NSW Country side should win this game comfortably.

    Last year’s grand finalists would be disappointed with their season so far, sitting just outside the top four – however, their last-start win over Perth Spirit was hugely promising.

    The defensive tenacity showed by Coleman’s side has been desperately lacking through this season, and if they can channel that, they’re a great shot to sneak into the finals.

    Meanwhile, it’s been a tough year for the Rising, with their young team struggling to keep up with other squads full of international and Super Rugby players.

    For Country, Rowan Perry returns on the bench after two months out with a syndesmosis injury. In the starting XV, Sam Needs returns in the front row with Tom Robertson away on Wallabies duty. Jake Gordon and Tayler Adams continue their work in the halves, while their back three has been enterprising, with Andrew Kellaway, Alex Gibbon and Seb Wileman scoring tries aplenty in recent weeks.

    For the Rising, the star has undoubtedly been fullback Jack Maddocks. At only 20 years of age, he looks to be an international player of the future, leading the competition in run metres and linebreaks. He will lead their attack from the back of the park.

    Coleman has some big bodies up front, and players like Tom Staniforth, Maclean Jones and Sam Ward know how to make their presence felt at ruck time. If they turn up ready to play, the Eagles should take this comfortably, sending the Rising out with a loss.

    Eagles by 21.

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