Another tantalising round of fixtures in the NSW Cup in Rd 6. Streaks were continued, surprise packets continue to impress and teams finally got their seasons back on track. Just who those teams were, shall be revealed very shortly.
Wentworthville Magpies 25 (F Goodall 2, L O’Mally, Z Dockar-Clay tries; L Kelly 4 goals; B Henry field goal) bt Canterbury Bulldogs 18 (J McInally 2, T Tasi tries; L Dodd 3 goals).
Ricky’s View: Just the second win of the season for the Wenty Magpies and boy, did they need it. Somewhat of an upset against a previously high-flying Dogs side, although the game did go down to the wire. Both sides gave it their all and only a late Beau Henry field goal sealed the win for the Magpies.
Mounties 24 (K Baptiste 2, B Tupou, W Dragan tries; M Cornish 4 goals) bt Newcastle Knights 22 (J Mamo 2, C Tuimavave 2, J Allison tries; T Randell goal).
Ricky’s View: In the match of the round, two of the elite NSW Cup sides went toe-to-toe for the full 80 minutes. In the end, it came down to one thing. Goal-kicking. It was Mitch Cornish who was accurate with the boot and that won the game for the Mounties. That makes six wins in a row for the team from the Mulga.
Wyong Roos 24 (N Stapleton, M Williams, L Pulu, A Papalii tries; Stapleton 4 goals) bt Illawarra Cutters 20 (K Glymin 3 tries; S Crook 4 goals).
Ricky’s View: Just when it looked like the Cutters had the game wrapped up, step forward Abraham Papalii. A try for dummy half left the Cutters devastated and the Roos flying high, as they move into second spot on the ladder. The Cutters can take pride out of their performance and out of Yaw Kiti Glymin, their winger. A potential star of the future.
New Zealand Warriors 28 (V Kaveinga, J Tua, D Fusitua, A Pewhairangi, D Bhana tries; Pewhairangi 4 goals) bt Wests Tigers 10 (S McDonnell, D Hoeter tries; J Drinkwater goal).
Ricky’s View: The Warriors continued their solid momentum with a comfortable win over the Tigers. In the end, the experience proved too much and the Tigers young guns could not match the tempo the Warriors played at throughout.
Penrith Panthers 24 (D Simmons, S Scarlett, C Smith, B Attwood tries; W Smith 4 goals) bt Manly Sea Eagles 16 (D Reardon, T Andrews, M Chee Kam tries; K Aldridge 2 goals).
Ricky’s View: It was a slow start for the Panthers in this clash but they fought the way back in the end and came away with the victory. It was only a try in the last few minutes that sealed the Panthers win. Despite the loss, the Manly side showed resolve and character to hang in for as long as they did.
Newtown Jets 40 (D Wells 2, T Murphy 2, N Gardner, J Riqoca, M Brown tries; Gardner 6 goals) bt North Sydney Bears 18 (S Manuleleua, A Grey, M Ross tries; N Roberts 3 goals).
Ricky’s View: It was the Newtown Jets show today, as they fired on all cylinders. Todd Murphy in particular was involved in just about everything and showed that he is ready for a first-grade opportunity. The Bears fought back well and salvaged some pride in the second half but it was all about the Jets in this clash, as they continue their good start to the season.