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Thursday 25th September 09:35 GMT

 

Melbourne rising continued their relentless march towards the semi-final play-offs of the inaugural National Rugby Championship, when in Round 5 they travelled to their nearest rivals, the NSW Country Eagles, and clipped their wings in front of over 2,000 spectators by 37-16. A win at AAMI Park against the Canberra Vikings will clinch Melbourne Rising a place in the last four. However, they will be looking beyond a play-off spot, to clinching top place in the regular season table, and whereby giving them home advantage through the knockout stages, for as long as they are participating.

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Country's defensive structure certainly tested Rising more than any other side in the tournament up until now, perhaps illustrated by the fact that they conceded five tries, whereas Rising's opponents this season have been conceding an average of eight per match. However, Rising's defence was not challenged to the same degree, as Country , spilled passes and turned over far too much possession.

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This week's visitors to AAMI Park, the Canberra Vikings currently sit in fourth place on the table, although they have played a game less than most of their rivals for a play-of place. Last week the Vikings were held by bottom side Sydney Stars in a sensational 37-37 draw. If they have serious title aspirations, Vikings are going to have to learn quickly to put games like last week's away.


Tags: National Rugby Championship, Melbourne Rising, Canberra Vikings
Posted: 25th September 2014


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