2016 National Rugby Championship: NSW Country Eagles to host grand final

BIG INCLUSION: Dubbo product and Wallaby Tom Robertson has helped the NSW Country Eagles into the grand final of the National Rugby Championship (NRC). Photo: GETTY IMAGES

BIG INCLUSION: Dubbo product and Wallaby Tom Robertson has helped the NSW Country Eagles into the grand final of the National Rugby Championship (NRC). Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Dubbo product Tom Robertson made a strong return to the National Rugby Championship (NRC) on Saturday and helped the NSW Country Eagles advance to the grand final.

Robertson, playing his first game back after debuting for the Wallabies in the recent Rugby Championship, led from the front and even showed off some ball playing skills as the Eagles scored a 50-24 semi-final win over Melbourne Rising at Newcastle.

Winger Reece Robinson, back-rower Samuel Figg and scrumhalf Jake Gordon each scored two tries as NSW Country secured a home final, which will be played in Tamworth next weekend.

Second-rower Rohan O'Reegan scored Country's other try in the seven-tries-to- three romp.

"It was a really great performance from the Eagles, they really showed their class in the last 50-60 minutes of the game," Rising head coach Zane Hilton said.

The decider will be played at Tamworth on Saturday with the Eagles taking on the Perth Spirit, who defeated the Sydney Rays 42-24.

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