NRC Rd3 Preview: North Harbour Rays v Melbourne Rising

The Rays surprised even themselves with an upset victory over the Spirit in Perth last weekend and can set themselves up nicely for a crack at the finals, if they can get past last year's minor premiers at Manly Oval on Thursday night. Coach Geoff Townsend has added 20-year old Warringah back Tyson Davis to Rays starting XV, replacing Michael Adams on the wing. “Yeah he’s (Davis) made the most of his opportunities off the bench in these first few weeks and we just want to see what he can do early in a game,” Townsend said. “This isn’t any sort of reflection on ‘Mika’ and what he has done in the first two weeks but we see it as the best way to get the most out of both these guys at this stage of the season.” The Rising on the other hand, suffered their first regular season loss in franchise history against Brisbane City in round, handing over the Horan-Little Shield in the process. “We’ve reviewed Saturday’s match, finding some work ons and focusing upon some
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