Sydney coach Chris Whitaker sums up the match against Queensland Country on the weekend.

What did the team take out of the weekend's match against Queensland Country?
Our forwards really stood up in defence and made a big impact. We were right in the game for the first 60 minutes and some lapses in concentration and defensive errors gave them a couple of tries and they went on from there. They are a dangerous team and we gave them opportunities, which they took. There were some good performances and Johnny Folau got on the field for 20 minutes and showed some positive signs there.

You spoke of John Folau getting some game time. How was he before the game?
He's a footy player and was just super keen play on the weekend. Tim Clements, unfortunately, did his ankle on Thursday night at training which opened the door for John to be called into the team.

There are a few who may be back this week?
Ryan McCauley should be back if he passes the return to play assessments and there is also the possibility of Rory O'Connor being available. It's probably the best week we have had in terms of injuries

Sydney has an opportunity this weekend to end the season on a winning note?
Yeah, 100 per cent. We spoke about it in the change rooms after the game against Queensland Country, so we will prepare well, get down there and give it our all

Despite leading for much of the game the NSW Country Eagles couldn't sustain the pressure on Brisbane allowing two late tries for them to sneak home winners 28-27 in Camden. NSW Country coach Darren Coleman chatted to Andrew Blades about the match against Brisbane City.

The NSW Country Eagles were able to nullify the effect of Quade Cooper and Karmichael Hunt for long periods of the game. What was the key to this?
Pauli T our Defence coach put in place a great plan, around the set piece defence and tackle contest and really slowed the front-foot ball Cooper was able to get.

There were a lot of relatively new faces in the weekend's team such as Jaline Graham and Jack Grant. Were you impressed with the performances of some of these players?
Jaline has been performing well for us all year and has real talent. Jack Grant got his first start of the year, had a full week of training this week and accordingly played really well and scored a crucial try.

In the end, Brisbane were able to wrestle back the momentum and finish with two late tries. Where do you think NSW Country allowed them back into the game and in hindsight how could we have finished the game off better?

Games go inflows, more so than losing that match in the last seven minutes. I thought we didn't score enough points in the periods we had dominance, particularly in the early part of the second half.

With the final round against Queensland Country this weekend what will be the focus this week around training and preparation?
It's a short turnaround and with a couple of players expected to miss the match, it will be about gelling a few new combinations.

Queensland Country are having another solid season. Where do you see their major threats and also what are the keys to the Eagles finishing the season on a winning note?
Queensland Country is a very dangerous team; their backline and long-range ability are key. We need to keep good connection in defence.

NSW Country face Queensland Country on 13 October at Scully Park Tamworth. Kick-off is at 1500 and the game will be broadcast live on FoxSports.

The NRC match will follow a regional club 10s tournament at Scully Park, which will commence at 1000 and feature teams from throughout Central North.






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