A topsy-turvy round of NSW Cup this week. A streak was broken, some stars were born, some players continued their solid try-scoring form and some teams still crave overall consistency.
Just who won and starred, you will soon find out. Here is the wrap-up of Rd 8 of the VB NSW Cup:
NZ Warriors 44 (K Maumalo 2, P Ulberg 2, K Hurrell, A Pewhairangi, S Matagi, S Havili, D Bhana tries; Pewhairangi 4 goals) bt Newtown Jets 18 (M Brown, S Sauiluma, P Politoni tries; T Murphy 3 goals).
Ricky’s View: The Warriors came to play and ran away with the game in the end. Very little troubled them as they overpowered the Jets side. It was the experienced half in Api Pewhairangi that led the side in attack and the win consolidates the Warriors spot in the top eight.
Illawarra Cutters 22 (K Glymin 2, S Moceidreke, S Crook tries: Crook 3 goals) bt Wyong Roos 14 (B Molan, A Papalii tries; Nathan Stapleton 3 goals).
Ricky’s View: Just two weeks ago, the Cutters lost to the Roos. This week, fortunes were reversed. The game was a tense affair right up to the final minutes, before a late Cutters try cemented the win. Yet again, Yaw Kiti Glymin showed his worth with two tries and some great touches.
Penrith Panthers 16 (R Jennings, T Eisenhuth, B Attwood tries; L Latu 2 goals) bt Mounties 10 (M Barnett, B Tupou tries; M Cornish goal).
Ricky’s View: It was wet, it was wild, but the players got stuck in. Another tense affair in what was some shocking weather, with a late penalty goal sealing the win. It ends Mounties undefeated run to start the season.
Manly Sea Eagles 38 (B Leary 2, D Reardon, T Satini, D Kelly, M Chee Kam tries; K Aldridge 7 goals) bt North Sydney Bears 22 (S Manuleleua 2, J Olive, D Nicholls tries; Nicholls 3 goals).
Ricky’s View: It was two wins on the trot for Manly, and a much-needed confidence boost. The second half is where the bulk of the action occurred, as Manly’s big guns stepped up when it mattered most. The young brigade also chimed in, as Manly build some well-earned momentum.
Wests Tigers 29 (K Rowe 2, K Lulia, N Milone, J Drinkwater tries; Drinkwater 4 goals; Drinkwater field goal) bt Wentworthville Magpies 28 (R Morgan, V Toutai, F Goodall, S Gorman T Moeroa tries; L Kelly 4 goals).
Ricyk’s View: The match was Wentworthville’s to win and there for the taking but at the final hurdle, they faltered. Leading comfortably at one point, they let the Tigers back in the game and ultimately, it saw them win the game. The Tigers resolve and resilience to get back into the contest led to a game-winning field goal for Josh Drinkwater. The Magpies languish near the bottom of the ladder.
Newcastle Knights 20 (P Mata’utia 2, C Mata’utia, H Tuha tries; D Kerr 2 goals) bt Canterbury Bulldogs 12 (J Loko, V Rennie tries; L Dodd, D Chisholm goals).
Ricky’s View: A very tense, bitter affair among the players for some periods of the game. In some rather damp, rain-affected conditions, the Knights made better use of the ball and came away with the win.