Eagles power past Rays

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:08
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NPC ROUND FOUR WRAP: Round Four of the National Rugby Championship saw Wallabies squad members pushing for selection in the upcoming Rugby Championship tour.

The blockbuster City v Country top-of-the-table clash lived up to the hype, with the NSW Country Eagles storming home to a 36-16 bonus-point victory over the Sydney Rays at Pittwater Park. Late Wallabies call-up Scott Fardy boosted the Rays, but was matched by NSW Country Eagles and Australian Sevens star Sam Figg who had a standout match for the victors.

Last year's champions Brisbane City fell to Melbourne Rising at Harlequin Oval where the boot of Jack Debreczini was instrumental in his team's dominant 46-28 victory. City now face an uphill battle in their title defence, with a potential place in the finals sliding further away with every loss.

Amy Perret became the first female NRC referee at Viking Park, when she oversaw the UC Vikings v Western Sydney Rams match. In miserable conditions the Vikings edged out the Rams 22-16 to maintain the Horan-Little Shield and move to second in the ladder.

After the Wallabies win over Argentina in Perth the day before, the Spirit enjoyed a similar home ground advantage and were boosted with their own Wallabies - Ben McCalman and Luke Morahan - in an impressive 66-36 triumph over Bond University Queensland Country. Morahan showcased his Wallabies potential with three tries, while for Queensland Country Izaia Perese's dangerous attacking was a highlight.

Round four scores and scorers:

Sydney Rays 16-36 NSW Country Eagles

The scorers:

For Sydney Rays:
Tries: Vest, Penalty Try
Cons: Lucas 2

For NSW Country Eagles:
Tries: Robinson, Latu, Cusack, Gordon
Cons: Deegan 2, Adams 1

Melbourne Rising 46-28 Brisbane City

The scorers:

For Melbourne Rising:
Tries: Debreczeni 2, Tupai, Reid, Placid, Fox
Cons: Debreczeni, Meehan 4

For Brisbane City:
Tries: Naisarani 2, James
Cons: McIntyre, James

UC Vikings 22-16 Western Sydney Rams

The scorers:

For UC Vikings:
Tries: Taliauli, Taula, McInerney
Cons: Jooste 2

For Western Sydney Rams:
Tries: Latunipulu, Toleafoa
Cons: Asquith 2

Perth Spirit 66-36 Queensland Country

The scorers:

For Perth Spirit:
Morahan 3, Haylett-Petty 2, Vui, Louwrens, Brache, Matuauto
Cons: Lance 6

For Queensland Country:
Tries: Kaitu'u, Paia'aua, Cornelsen, Mason, Banks
Cons: Third, Mason 2

NRC standings after Round Four:

NSW Country Eagles -  18 points
Sydney Rays -  14 points
UC Vikings - 14 points
Perth Spirit - 13 points
Melbourne Rising -  10 points
Brisbane City -  4 points
Western Sydney Rams -  3 points
Queensland Country -  1 point