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4. City in need of a big win in North Sydney
Brisbane City are in need off a big win against the Sydney Rays in Round 6 if they are to get their season back on track. So far the two-time premiers have played each of the teams currently in top four, and have recorded wins over the Fijian Drua and Canberra Vikings. In theory, their road to the finals should improve as their remaining four games will see them face the Rays, Melbourne Rising, Greater Sydney Rams and NSW Country. This should assist the City side to build ladder points and improve their points differential ahead of the business end of the season.
5. Battle of the Bush set to take place at Bond
This Saturday, Queensland Country return to the Gold Coast for the second straight week as the take on the NSW Country Eagles in the annual all-country affair. Queensland Country’s first ever match was against NSW Country at Bond University way back in Round 1 of the inaugural season in 2014, and while their southern counterparts claimed the win on that day, Queensland Country have since won their 2015 and 2016 matches to boast bragging rights ahead of the game. In 2015 Queensland Country grinded out a narrow 24-16 win over the Eagles in the wet in Newcastle, and last year, despite being a top of the table vs the bottom of the table clash, the Queensland side overcame all odds to record a 40-38 win in Toowoomba. Queensland Country have never looked better heading into this year’s clash, but they won’t take the Eagles lightly in this much-anticipated grudge match. The day will also see the NRC competition celebrate Pasifika Round, and Queensland Samoa and Queensland Maori will play the curtain raiser to the Country v Country match, which kicks off at 4:00pm AEST.
23 MARCH 2018