NRC semi-finalists confirmed

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 09:14
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NRC ROUND SEVEN WRAP: NSW Country Eagles, Melbourne Rising, Sydney Rays and Perth Spirit have all secured their places in the National Rugby Championship semi-finals following an exciting end to Round Seven.

For the 'Pacific Island' round, there were celebrations of Pacific Island culture around the country as six teams went into the final round in semi-finals contention.

With six tries each, the NSW Country Eagles' 44-40 victory over the valiant Western Sydney Rams kept the vocal crowd on the edge of their seats throughout the see-sawing match. The win secured the Eagles the minor premiership, the Horan-Little Shield for 2016 and the Benn Robinson Bell.

At Viking Park in Canberra, the Perth Spirit's control in the second half secured them the all-important victory over the UC Vikings to take them into the semi-finals.

In 80km winds in Frankston, the Sydney Rays managed a gutsy 38-32 triumph over Melbourne Rising to stake out a home semi-final at Pittwater Park.

The Queensland derby for the Andy Purcell Cup saw a record amount of points scored at Ballymore, with Brisbane City retaining the bragging rights over Queensland Country for another year thanks to their thrilling 58-52 victory.

All the scores and scorers!

Western Sydney Rams 40-44 NSW Country Eagles

For Western Sydney Rams:
Tries: Viiga 2, Wessels, Paenga-Amosa, Smart, Minute
Cons: Asquith 2

For NSW Country Eagles:
Tries: Gordon 2, Robinson, Fa'ainga, Ward, Ryan
Cons: Deegan 2, Adams 2

Referee: Graham Cooper
Assistant referees: Amy Perrett, Edward Martin

UC Vikings 36-42 Perth Spirit

For UC Vikings:
Tries: Mann-Rea 2, Taliauli, Sinoti, Thompson
Cons: Thompson 3

For Perth Spirit:
Tries: Stander 2, Vasukicakau, Louwrens, Meakes
Cons: Lance, Prior 3, Alatimu
Pen: Alatimu

Referee: William Houston
Assistant referees: Matthew Hogan, Brodie Ingram

Melbourne Rising 32-38 Sydney Rays

For Melbourne Rising:
Tries: Placid, Cummins, Lomax, English
Cons: Johansson 3, Snowden

For Sydney Rays:
Tries: Dempsey, Foley, Roos, Jones, Simone
Cons: Sinclair 4

Referee: Damon Murphy
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann, Rachel Horton

Brisbane City 58-52 Queensland Country

For Brisbane City:
Tries: White 2, Naisarani 2, Gibbon 2, Beauchamp, Kuridrani
Cons: McIntyre 5

For Queensland Country:
Tries: Tuttle 2, Postal, Tupou, Perese, Lefau, Banks
Cons: Paia'aua 5

Referee: Nicholas Berry
Assistant referees: Oliver Kellett, Daniel Coelho

National Rugby Championship standings after Round Seven:
NSW Country Eagles 28 points
Sydney Rays 27 points
Perth Spirit 22 points
Melbourne Rising 16 points
UC Vikings 15 points
Western Sydney Rams 13 points
Brisbane City 9 points
Queensland Country 7 points

Semi-finals fixtures:

Saturday, October 15

NSW Country Eagles v Melbourne Rising
(Newcastle No.2 Sportsground, Newcastle; Kick-off: 15.00 AEDT)

Sunday, October 16

Sydney Rays v Perth Spirit
(Pittwater Park, Sydney; Kick-off: 15.00 AEDT)