Another round of NSW Cup and some surprise results. A rare draw was played between North Sydney and Mounties, there was just the fourth win of the season for Wentworthville and Wyong were shut out in every sense by a rampant New Zealand Warriors side. What other results were in store? You are set to find out!
Wentworthville Magpies 16 (A Quinlan, B Henry, J Butler-Fleming tries; C Nelson, Henry goals) bt Canterbury Bulldogs 4 (T Phillips try)
Ricky’s View: Winning just their fourth game of the season, it was a sigh of relief for the Wentworthville players. Their first half lacked spark and execution but they managed to find some of it in the second half and capitalised on it to record the win. Their dominance of the game will give them confidence moving forward.
Penrith Panthers 30 (E Aiono 2, W Smith, I John, L Latu, W Albert tries; A Davis 2, Smith goals) bt Newcastle Knights 24 (C Redman, L Fitzgibbon, J Tapine, D Levi tries; K Holland 4 goals).
Ricky’s View: The second grand final replay saw the Panthers win, in a draining and full-on physical slogger-fest at Pepper Stadium. The Panthers looked set to record a comfortable win but two late Knights tries made things interest. Penrith held on, though, for their sixth win in seven games.
Mounties 26 (M Cronin, J Hawkins, G Buttriss, S Bristow, T Pangai-Junior tries; M Cornish 3 goals) drew with North Sydney Bears 26 (J Reddy 2, L Schaumkel, S Sorensen, C Walker tries; Walker 3 goals).
Ricky’s View: A rare draw in the NSW Cup, the match was full of spark, entertainment and tries. It was the Bears who got on a roll early before a fire started in the bellies of Mounties, as they put on a string of tries to get the game on level terms. Both had chances late on but it remained a stalemate.
Manly Sea Eagles 34 (D Berryman 2, J Hodges 2, M Chee Kam 2 tries; K Aldridge 4, M Rudolph goals) bt Wests Tigers 18 (D Hoeter 2, K Rowe tries; J Drinkwater 3 goals).
Ricky’s View: Manly are on a bit of a roll of late, recording back-to-back wins. There was doubles all-round as Jayden Hodges & Michael Chee-Kam put on a show and set up the win for Manly. Manly now sit just one win outside the eight, whereas the Tigers have suffered their fourth straight loss.
Illawarra Cutters 24 (J Hunt, C Garvey, R Packer, S Wakeman tries; S Crook 4 goals) bt Newtown Jets 6 (D Abou-Sleiman try; T Murphy goal).
Ricky’s View: The gap has gotten bigger in between the top four and the bottom four of the eight, as the Cutters recorded a comfortable win over Newtown. The only try they conceded came late in the game, as their defence remained resolute throughout, shutting down and shutting out a usually rampant Newtown Jets side.
New Zealand Warriors 28 (D Palavi 2, D Fusitua, V Kaveinga, D Peyroux tries; M Lino 4 goals) bt Wyong Roos 0.
There was a huge turnaround on the part of the Warriors side. Last week, they were demolished. This week, they did the demolishing, as they were rampant against Wyong. A rare double for prop Daniel Palavi helped set the win up, as the win moves the Warriors side back into the top four.