The Western Force have secured a home semi-final following round six of the 2019 National Rugby Championship.
The Force held off a fast-finishing Brisbane City to cement their position in the top two, while two semi-finals spots remain up for grabs in what promises to be a tense final round of the regular season next weekend.
The Canberra Vikings moved into second position on the ladder as they look to secure their own home semi-final after defeating Sydney 36-26 at Viking Park.In other matches, the Fijian Drua have ended the Melbourne Rising’s winning streak after defeating the Victorian-based side 40-36 while Queensland Country have claimed bragging rights over the NSW Country Eagles following their 21-14 victory at Bond University on Sunday afternoon.
Rugby Australia had partnered with Rural Aid in round six to to raise funds for farmers and regional communities affected by one of the most severe droughts in memory.
Funds raised at the four matches over the weekend, will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Rugby Australia, who kicked off the fundraising efforts with a $5000 donation.
Donations can still be made online and those over $2 are tax deductible and donations can be made to purchase hay for farmers, a hamper for their families or water for their animals.
Canberra Vikings 36 defeat Sydney 26
Tries: Thomas Wright 2, Mack Hansen, Darcy Swain, penalty try
Cons: Bayley Kuenzle 2
Tries: Ryan McCauley, Hugh Sinclair, Declan Moore, penalty try
Cons: Will Harrison 2
Melbourne Rising 36 defeated by the Fijian Drua 40
Tries: Ahmu Tuimalealiifano 2, Matt Gibbon, Nailati Ukalele, penalty try
Cons: James Sooialo 3 Pens: James Sooialo
Tries: Jiuta Wainiqolo 2, Peceli Nacebe, Cyril Reece, Seru Valarika, Ratunasisa Navuma
Cons: Enele Tikotani 5
Bond University Queensland Country 21 defeated the NSW Country Eagles 14
Tries: Daniel Boardman, Patrick James, Hamish Stewart
Cons: Rohan Saifoloi 3
NSW Country Eagles
Tries: Jake Gordon, Andrew Tuala
Cons: Connor O’Shea
Western Force 33 defeated Brisbane City 31
Western Force Tries: Heath Tessmann, Jonah Placid, Jeremy Thrush, Tom Sheminant, Alifeleti Kaituu
Cons: Andrew Degan 4
Tries: Jordan Luke 2, Fraser McReight, Serupepeli Uru, Isaac Lucas
Cons: Bryce Hegarty 3
2019 National Rugby Championship Ladder:
1. Western Force, 23 points
2. Canberra Vikings, 18 points
3. NSW Country Eagles, 16 points
4. Queensland Country, 14 points
5. Fijian Drua, 13 points
6. Brisbane City, 13 points
7. Melbourne Rising, 10 points
8. Sydney, 6 points