NSW Country Eagles (@2.75) vs Western Force (@1.5)

Our Prediction:

Western Force will win

NSW Country Eagles – Western Force Match Prediction | 30-09-2019 01:00

I know this is a squad that can win the Toast Rack: when these guys get their tails up, they are absolutely unstoppable. They showed it last year. If the Eagles can start of their season well this weekendand win those matches leading up to Round Six, then their form should be good enough to see them through to a semi final berth.

They finished off the regular season by winning the Horan-Little Shield in their match against the Rams, and also became the first team to ring the Benn Robinson Bell, which was introduced last year as the new silverware that will be competed for between the three NSW teams. Aside from their heart-breaking loss at the Grand Final in Tamworth last year, it was a good year all round for the Country Eagles. They became the first NSW team to finish the tournament as minor premiers and the first NSW team to make it to the Grand Final.

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These guys are a bloody great team. The best performing New South Wales sideso far in the history of the NRC, coach Darren Coleman returns this year for his fourth season in charge, and a large portion of last years squad returns with him. I myself am from country New South Wales originally, and I wont be afraid to admit that this team has been building something over the last few years.

For me, the best thing is what we do pre and post game: we mix in, we go to the local pubs and mix with the supporters. So when the country boys do get to go back to the bush,theres a heightened passion and following from the locals. Im from a small town, South West Rocks up on the coast.

I guess our advantage is the Rats boys already knowhow we want our game to look so theyll slot in pretty well. We will get the last couple of guys, the Rats boys, as well as all the Colts boys from Sydney Uni seconds who will join us, and we will pull it together quick. The gap between NRC and Shute Shield is tighter this year, but weve been fortunate with the guys. As theyve been knocked out during the Shute Shield, theyve started to come in to the Eagles sessions.

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But it was an encouraging showing for the club, going up against the likes of the Melbourne Rising and Brisbane City, who were stacked full of Super Rugby talent. It also saw the likes of many players throwingthemselves into contention for Super Rugby positions, including Andrew Kellaway. Finishing runners up in the regular season, the Eagles fell during the semi-finals, being knocked over by eventual championsBrisbane Cityin Gosford. 2014was a solid inauguralcampaign for the Eagles.

Many of the coaching staff from previous seasons will also be returning to the Eagles, including Defence coach Shannon Fraser,who has been at the Eagles with Coleman since 2014, Attack Coach Dan Parks, who returns for his second season after making a huge impact to the Eagles attack last year, and Team ManagerPauli Taumoepeau.The coaching staff of the Eagles aims for consistency and building on what worked from previous seasons, which puts the club in good stead for bigger things in 2017.

There is a real fierceness about rugby support in the country. Last year it was particularly notable that fans travelled a long way to see the Eagles play. I got to see them in their rescheduled game against Perth Spirit at Concord Oval, after Endeavour Oval in Orange was deemed unfit to play due to the rains, and when they played a few weeks later against the Rams during the Pacifika Round.


This will be followed by a grand final rematch at Scully Park against Perth Spirit, before a tough final two rounds against Melbourne Rising and Brisbane City, two of the more traditionally Super Rugby-heavy sides. However, the Eagles may run into more of challenging schedule in the final few weeks of the round. Surprisingly,they do not have a good record against Queensland Country, having dropped their previous two matches against their country rivals.