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Thursdays opening fixture of Round 6 of the National Rugby Championship (NRC) at the No.2 Sports Ground in Newcastle may be between two sides who are both outside the top four play-off positions at the end of Round 5, but it is still of vital importance to the sides involved, the New South Wales Country Eagles and Queensland Country, both of who are still clinging to a glimmer of hope that they could yet make the post-season semi-finals.
The Eagles have a 50% winning record from their four games, and lie in fifth position in the table four points adrift of Melbourne Rising, however, they come into Thursday’s fixture on the back of an eight try hiding at Ballymore, by the table topping Brisbane City, who ran out victors by 61-29.
Queensland Country will effectively be out of the running if they lose in Newcastle, having managed to accumulate just five points from their five matches so far. Last week they lost what was seen as a highly winnable game, against the previously winless Perth Spirit. Like Thursday opponents the Eagles, they to conceded eight tries, as the side from the West hammered them in Rockhampton by 34-64. With neither side having much to show in the way of form, it may be a blessing for both of them to miss out on the play-offs, but then no one gave Perth Spirit much chance going into last season’s semi-finals, and yet they came perilously close to snatching the title.
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