Buildcorp NRC Highlights: NSW Country Eagles Vs Perth Spirit
Perth Spirit secured the NRC title with a 20-16 win over New South Wales Country Eagles in the grand final. Perth ran in two first half tries to one to take a slender 12-8 lead into the break after a tight first half. The Country Eagles picked up a yellow card at the beginning of the second half, allowing Perth to extend their lead to 20-8 as they crossed for their third try. However, 5 minutes later Perth were also down to 14 men as they picked a yellow card of their own. It was then wave upon wave of attack by the Country Eagles, but each effort was rebutted by some simply brilliant defence by the Spirit. Perth picked up another yellow card with just under a quarter to play, but the Country Eagles could still not penetrate their superb defence. The Country Eagles did cross with 5 minute left to play to set up a nervy finish, but it was too little too late as Perth held on for the win to be crowned NRC champions for 2016.