Canberra Vikings v Sydney Stars Live

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Thursday 17th September 09:30 GMT

 

Round 5 of the National Rugby Championship (NRC) gets under way at the Viking Stadium in Canberra on Thursday, with the home team, the University of Canberra Vikings, playing host to the Sydney Stars. The two sides are currently locked together on 14 points, and occupy second and third positions on the NRC ladder, five points adrift of the reigning Champions, and table leaders, Brisbane City. The Vikings do, however, have a game in hand over their two rivals.

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With the top three sides yet to play each other, and both of Thursday's protagonists still to face the Melbourne Rising, the regular season promises a much closer and interesting competition, than was the case in 2014, when Rising totally dominated proceedings, before coming unstuck in the pay-offs.

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Vikings success thus far, has certainly been based on defensive solidity, with a mere 62 points in the against column. However, the 121 they have managed to score themselves, is somewhat short of the totals managed by their rivals, even allowing for their having played a game less. The Sydney Stars, who lost their own unbeaten record last week, when they went down 31-37 at the NSW Country Eagles, have one of the worst defences in the tournament, although they offset that with one of the most destructive attacking forces.


Tags: National Rugby Championship, Canberra Vikings, Sydney Stars
Posted: 17th September 2015


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