Yet another thrilling week of contests in the NSW Cup with very few surprises but a plethora of tries, points and scintillating plays. The one major surprise was a Mounties loss to an unlikely opposition whilst there was a remarkable comeback that had all the fans talking.
Here is our wrap-up of Rd 12 of the VB NSW Cup:
North Sydney Bears 26 (D Chang, B Gregorius, D Nicholls, K Sione, I Simone tries; Nicholls 3 goals) bt Wests Tigers 22 (N Milone, J Sila, B Santi, J Drinkwater tries; J Drinkwater 3 goals).
Ricky’s View: Comebacks are often a rarity in the world of rugby league but there was one in this game and it was a scintillating one at that. Trailing 22-0 at one point, the North Sydney Bears stormed back and remarkably, won 26-22. Cody Walker was the man of the hour and the player that led the Bears when they needed it.
Canterbury Bulldogs 35 (T Phillips 3, D Chisholm, D Fualalo, S Lane tries; L Dodd 4, H Ese’ese goals; Chisholm field goal) bt Mounties 20 (R Kennedy, J Ahearn, G Aiga, M Cronin tries; M Cornish 2 goals).
Ricky’s View: One of the upsets of the season, it has been tough going overall for the Dogs in season 2015 but they had something to cheer about in this clash. Dominating the competition heavyweights Mounties for the entirety of the game, it was another masterclass performance from half, Dane Chisholm.
Penrith Panthers 31 (E Aiono 4, T Eisenhuth tries; W Smith 5 goals; T Sopoaga field goal) bt Manly Sea Eagles 24 (B Fritz 2, D Berryman, T Satini, M Chee-Kam tries; K Aldridge, M Rudolph goals).
Ricky’s View: Another comeback win, although not as emphatic, but one the Panthers will take. Trailing 24-22 at one point, it was an unlikely source that catapulted them towards victory when back-rower Tupou Sopoaga kicked a field goal.
NZ Warriors 28 (R Faitala-Mariner 2, K Maumalo, P Ulberg, S Cook, V Kaveinga tries; M Lino 2 goals) bt Newcastle Knights 22 (H Tuha, C Mataâ€™utia, J Finn, J Feeney tries; K Holland 3 goals).
Ricky’s View: It was all about the second half for the Warriors and that is what won them the game, as they scored 24 unanswered points, leaving the Knights shell-shocked. They had a sniff late on but that was gone when the Warriors scored again late on through Viliami Kaveinga.