Another week of the NSW Cup and yet again, the fans were treated to some quality games. There were some big wins, some surprise wins and some losses, that keep those teams rooted to the bottom of the ladder. One team in the Bulldogs have enjoyed a resurgence of late whereas Mounties who were flying high, have now lost several games in the last few weeks.
All that in mind, here is the wrap-up of Rd 13 of the VB NSW Cup:
Canterbury Bulldogs 52 (T Phillips 4, D Chisholm 2, D Minute, D Cook, L Dodd, S Lane tries; C Stanley 6 goals) beat NZ Warriors 8 (M Lino try; Lino 2 goals)
Ricky’s View: Three wins on the trot for the Dogs and they are on cloud Nine right now. After upsetting league leaders Mounties last week, the Dogs overpowered the third placed Warriors side, as they build momentum towards an end of finals charge. Phillips the star with tries galore and he was well supported by Chisholm who scored tries and set them up.
Newcastle Knights 34 (K Holland 3, C Mata’utia, J Mamo, C Redmond tries; Holland 5 goals) beat Mounties 22 (B Tupou, P Mataele, J Hawkins, J McCrone tries: M Cornish 3 goals).
Ricky’s View: No luck for Mounties of late as they again slump to a loss, their fourth in five games. Both sides needed a win for different reasons but it was the Knights who came out on top, despite a late flurry from the Raiders. Kerrod Holland was the standout for the Knights side.
Wyong Roos 28 (S Langi 2, N MacDonald 2, B Leslie, S Matagi tries; T Cornish, J Siejka goals) bt Newtown Jets 12 (T Murphy, R Moujalli tries; N Gardner 2 goals).
Ricky’s View: The fans in Muswellbrook were treated to a feast, as they had the pleasure of watching an entertaining NSW Cup contest. It was a superstar performance from Samisoni Langi and the game went down to the wire for a while, before two quick tries for Nene Macdonald put any hopes of a comeback to bed.
Illawarra Cutters 28 (T Cranston 3, J Hunt, C Runciman tries; S Crook 4 goals) bt Wests Tigers 20 (J Sila 2, K Rowe, S Funaki tries; J Drinkwater 2 goals).
Ricky’s View: Perhaps the most entertaining clash of the week given the closeness of it, the early momentum was with the Tigers despite being a man down throughout the first half. The Cutters burst out of the blocks in the second and reversed that momentum with Tyron Cranston showing why he is among the leading try-scorers in the competition.
Penrith Panthers 16 (T Sopoaga, I John, W Smith tries; A Davis 2 goals) bt Wentworthville Magpies 0.
Ricky’s View: Rain galore affected this clash in Port Macquarie but the Panthers did enough to hold onto top spot after an easy win over the Magpies. Wentworthville toiled and worked hard but lacked the spark and energy to trouble the high-flying Panthers.
Manly Sea Eagles 30 (B Fritz 2, D Reardon, K Aldridge, T Andrews tries; Aldridge 5 goals) bt North Sydney Bears 10 (E Murphy 2 tries; D Nicholls goal).
Ricky’s View: Played at the newly revamped Scully Park in Tamworth, Manly were on fire as they defeated the Bears. A rampant Jayden Hodges set the tone as he dominated the ruck for Manly and that ultimately led to the Manly win. The attendance was the surprising part in a good sign for the future of rugby league in the country areas.