NRC Wk 2: Melbourne Rising Too Good For Stars At Sunny Leichhardt

by Brendan Bradford – Melbourne Rising claimed a second bonus point win in succession with a 45-13 victory over the Sydney Stars at a sun-splashed Leichhardt Oval on Sunday afternoon. The comprehensive win - the second time in a row the side has scored over 40-points - puts the Rising back on top of the table after relinquishing number one position for the night as NSW Country defeated Queensland Country on Saturday. The Rising converted an eight point halftime lead into a 32-point win with a three-try second half blitz that a committed but outmatched Stars outfit couldn’t keep up with, remaining scoreless in the second stanza. Sefanaia Naivalu was outstanding again for the Rising in the centres. A double try-scorer against the Rays last week, he’s a handful in attack, not much gets past him in defence and Super
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