The Perth Spirit is ready to take on Queensland Country, in a decisive match, which will ultimately determine their playoff fate.
The West Australian side was almost completely written off making finals contention, sitting eighth on the ladder, but a 42 point victory over the Sydney Stars in Perth literally changed this overnight.
Winger Luke Morohan said he was pleased with his form from the clash with Sydney, and he hopes it will continue into the match against Brisbane.
“On the weekend it showed that we were pretty set last week, we were pretty confident playing with each other,” he said.
“A few changes I think this week, but still we’re all pretty confident within each other so we should go well.”
Commenting on the opportunities the NRC gives unexposed players, and Super Rugby fringe players, Morohan believes the competition will create depth for next years shortened Super Rugby season.
“A lot of guys got an opportunity this year which creates a lot of experience for the younger guys as well, which creates more depth for next year, which is going to be a lot more important next season with more of a sprint Super Rugby with no break in between, so that will be vital for us next year having a bit more depth there.
“One of the things we’re trying to work on the NRC for next Super Rugby is game management, it’s something we feel we can improve on this season and we showed we can do that pretty well on the weekend and hopefully we can bring that into this weekend.
“For us, it’s about giving everyone experience and trying out a few things we might try out next season in Super Rugby and just seeing how things work and don’t work and I think that’s proven pretty potent for us this year in the NRC.”
Morohan also talked about the past few rounds of the NRC, saying it gives the team much more confidence stringing together some games at home.
“It gives us a bit more confidence playing at home, and two in a row will help,” he said.
“Down at Rockingham there was a good crowd for our pre season trial against Samoa, and hopefully we’ll get a good crowd there this weekend and support the boys.”
Perth Spirit Coach David Wessels also commented on last weeks match, saying the squad had been working hard on their defence, but haven’t quite reached their objetctives.
“I think we’ve been a little disappointed with our defence the way that we’ve gone in this competition, off the back of Super Rugby where it was probably a strength of ours, so we were hard on that in training.”
“Any pressure that we feel is mainly around our game, we’re trying to do the things we want to do and hit our objectives, and we certainly haven’t done that yet so this weekend is a real challenge for us.
“In order to be consistently competitive we need to show that we can win back to back games and produce the kind of performance that results in those outcomes.”
Here is all the match info you need.
2014 Buildcorp National Rugby Championship – Week Seven
Perth Spirit v Queensland Country
Lark Hill Sportsplex, Rockingham
Saturday, 4 October 2014
Kick-off: 3.30pm (local)
1. Joe Savage (Palmyra)
2. Robbie Abel (Cottesloe)
3. Tetera Faulkner (Wanneroo)
4. Sam Wykes (c) (Wests Scarborough)
5. Brent Murphy (Perth Bayswater)
6. Brynard Stander (Nedlands)
7. Kane Koteka (Wests Scarborough)
8. Al Rovira (Associates)
9. Ian Prior (Nedlands)
10. Zack Holmes (Associates)
11. Marcel Brache (Perth Bayswater)
12. Luke Burton (UWA)
13. Kyle Godwin (Associates)
14. Luke Morahan (Kalamunda)
15. Dane Haylett-Petty (Cottesloe)
16. Harry Scoble (UWA)
17. Chris Heiberg (Perth Bayswater)
18. Oliver Hoskins (Cottesloe)
19. Corey Thomas (UWA)
20. Richard Hardwick (UWA)
21. Justin Turner (Associates)
22. Ammon Matuauto (Associates)
23. Christian Joubert (UWA)
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