NRC: Sydney Rays name strong team for semi final against Perth

The Sydney Rays have welcomed back experienced duo Matt Lucas and Damien Fitzpatrick into their starting line-up for Sunday's NRC semi-final against the Perth Spirit at Pittwater Rugby Park. Lucas will come in and take over the No.9 jersey, while Fitzpatrick will be the starting hooker for the biggest game so far in the Rays’ short history. Both worked off the bench last weekend in Frankston against the Melbourne Rising where the Rays battled wind gusts of up to 100km/h and a motivated opposition to come away with a 38-32 victory. That was the team’s sixth win from seven games this NRC season giving them second spot on the ladder and the luxury of a home playoff game on Sunday. If the Rays win they will play the winner of the game between the NSW Country Eagles (1st) and the Melbourne Rising (4th) for the NRC silverware. The winds were so bad down south on Sunday that the team’s flight out of Melbourne was cancelled and they spent Sunday night and much of Monday in the sout
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