Round 3 has come and gone already with some teams flying high at the top and currently undefeated, as others languish at the bottom yet to taste victory.
Some solid clashes in this week’s fixtures and some stand-outs across the board and so without further adieu, here is a wrap of the Round 3 NSW Cup fixtures:
MOUNTIES 46 (M Nicholls 2, J Ahearn, D Cahalane, S Williams, G Buttriss, P Mataele, L Page tries; Williams 7 goals) bt MANLY WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES 20 (B Fritz, D Reardon, J Hodges, M Rudolph tries; K Aldridge 2 goals)
Ricky’s View: Mounties are one of the contenders this year, as they cruised to victory. Far too easy for them so far, especially with the experience of Sam Williams and Sam Duggan in their halves. With a multitude of first-grade talent to call upon and utilise, Mounties fought off any Manly resistance to win comfortably.
NEWTOWN JETS 24 (S Sauiluma 2, J Bird, T Murphy, S Houma tries; Murphy 2 goals) bt PENRITH PANTHERS 8 (R Jennings, P Simona tries).
Ricky’s View: A first defeat of the season for the Panthers, who were forced to play with 10 men for some time after the sending off of Adam Docker for a high tackle. The game was close all the way before the Jets made the most of a further advantage and scored two quick tries late on. Recruit Todd Murphy was the star, as he makes a claim for a first-grade berth.
WARRIORS 44 (J Tua 2, G Carmont 2, A Pewhairangi 2, S Havili, S Ikahihifo tries; Pewhairangi 6 goals) bt WENTWORTHVILLE MAGPIES 20 (J Ualesi, F Goodall, B Faraimo, H Lavaka tries; L Kelly 2 goals).
Ricky’s View: Horror start to the season for Wentworthville – they are winless. It was a familiar face that came back to bite them in the backside, as Api Pewhairangi starred with tries, goals, assists and an all-round quality game. In the end, it was a comfortable victory for the home side.
WYONG ROOS 18 (N Stapleton, M Ikuvalu, J Sejika tries; Stapleton 3 goals) bt NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS 6 (P Vaivai try; D Kerr goal).
Ricky’s View: For the first time ever, Wyong managed to defeat the Knights. In a low-scoring game overall, it was the grittiness and resolve in defence from Wyong that had everyone talking. They managed to keep the Knights scoreless for 72 minutes and were helped by some fantastic go-forward by their forwards.
ILLAWARRA CUTTERS 50 (J Hunt 3, J Vaivai 2, K Keating 2, T Cranston, A Tuimavave-Gerard tries; S Crook 7 goals) bt NORTH SYDNEY BEARS 12 (S Manuleleva, J Gosiewski tries; N Roberts 2 goals).
Ricky’s View: One-way traffic for the Cutters as they dismantled the Bears with ease. It was their best performance of the season so far, as they handed the Bears their second straight loss of the season. Cutters fullback Justin Hunt was the standout, scoring three tries and getting himself involved in plenty more.
WESTS TIGERS 34 (W Lolo 2, S Akauvola, C Peni, D Hoeter, J Drinkwater tries; Drinkwater 5 goals) bt CANTERBURY BULLDOGS 32 (S Lane 2, T Phillips 2, C Thompson, D Fualalo tries; C Stanley 4 goals)
Ricky’s View: The game of the round by far. Back and forth it went, both teams giving their all, as the clock winded down. Both sides toiled, worked hard and showed ticker but ultimately, it was two late tries for the Tigers that sealed a remarkable come-from-behind win.