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With two rounds of the National Rugby Championship regular season remaining, it looks as if the fourth position in the table, and therefore the final play-off spot, will be a fight between Melbourne Rising and the New South Wales Country Eagles. The two rivals clash on Thursday at the Simonds Stadium, Geelong, with the Eagles knowing that if they can secure a fourth victory of the season, they will be assured of a place in the knockout phase of the tournament.
The New South Wales Country Eagles will be at a disadvantage, having only a four day return since their previous fixture, which was on the far side of the country in perth, where they defeated Perth Spirit in a thrilling encounter by 32-29, to lift themselves into the top four. With a home game to finish the season with, against the rock bottom North Harbour Rays, the Eagles know that defeat on Thursday would not be disastrous, but undoubtedly they would prefer to avoid leaving qualification going to the last week of the season.
Thursday promises to be a close run thing, with neither side having managed to secure a try scoring bonus point during 2015, and their playing records and points difference being extremely similar.
Tags: National Rugby Championship
, Melbourne Rising
, New South Wales Country Eagles