ISP Round 3 v Newcastle Knights @ Newcastle, Sat 18th Mar

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:03 pm    Post subject: ISP Round 3 v Newcastle Knights @ Newcastle, Sat 18th Mar Reply with quote

Let me start by saying this week's game is live on Fox from 2PM (game starts at 2:10PM).

Newcastle Knights v North Sydney Bears
McDonald Jones (i.e. Hunter) Stadium, Saturday 18 March, 2:10PM
Broadcast LIVE on Fox League (502)

It's a triple header this Saturday, with South Sydney playing Newcastle in the NRL at 4:30PM and in the U20s at 12:15PM.

Two players have been named for both Norths and Souths - Cameron Murray and Tom Burgess.

We should pick up some players from South Sydney's 8-man bench: 14. Damien Cook; 15. Angus Crichton; 16. Robbie Rochow; 17. George Burgess; 18. Siosifa Talakai; 19. Anthony Cherrington; 20. Cameron Murray; and 21. Thomas Burgess.

However, the changes may come from the starting side - last week three players so-named played for Norths: 4. Siosifa Talakai; 7. Luke Kelly; and 10. Dave Tyrell.

On a separate note, but a follow up to my bitch last week, I note that this week, the NSWRL is saying which games are being covered by and Hawkesbury Radio 89.9 FM.


Bears on TV – North Sydney Intrust Super Team for Round Three v the Knights
March 14, 2017
by Steve Little

Round three in the Intrust Super Premiership will see the Bears travel up to Newcastle to face the Knights on Saturday at 2:10 pm

Why 2:10 pm you may ask, to the delight of our sponsors this match will be televised live on FOX SPORTS as the Premiership Match of the Round.

For those who want to see a possible third win in a row for themselves the game will take place at McDonald Jones Stadium.

No Robert Jennings, no Angus Crichton and sadly no Anthony Cherrington this week to help out the winning streak.

However, we retain Tom Burgess, Tyrell Fuimaono, Luke Kelly and Dave Tyrrell.

Piki Rogers and Jamel Hunt have been also named on the bench.

NSW Rugby League Senior Representative Competition | Intrust Super Premiership Competition [Open Age]
Round Three | Newcastle vs North Sydney |McDonald Jones Stadium | 2:10 pm | 18/03/2017

1 Latrell Robinson
2 Dane Nielsen
3 Edward Murphy
4 Tyrell Fuimaono
5 Sitiveni Moceidreke
6 Luke Kelly
7 Eli Levido
8 Tom Burgess
9 Bradley Deitz (C)
10 Dave Tyrrell
11 Tautalatasi Tasi
12 Cameron Murray
13 Cheyne Whitelaw

14 Tobias Rudolf
15 Clayton Williams
16 Piki Rogers
17 Jamel Hunt (called "Shawn Hunt" by the NSWRL match centre)

Coach: Ben Gardiner
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday afternoon South Sydney posted an updated squad for its NRL match - the bench has been reduced to six with Anthony Cherrington and Tom Burgess omitted. I'd expect both will play for Norths today. Tom B was named in the NS side (at no. 8).
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good win to the Bears today - 30-6 - but not as dominant as the scoreline suggests. Norths were certainly the better side, but had a lot of trouble getting through the Newcastle line (despite what six tries might indicate). The Newcastle defence was pretty solid. The Bears kept trying to bash through it, but that rarely worked. Our tries came from moving the ball quickly along the backline - that Sitiveni Moceidreke scored four of our six is an indication of this. One of other two came from Anthony Cherrington who was able to barge through uncharacteristically flimsy Knights defence, and one to Tautalatasi Tasi who was put through a gap by Brad Deitz and ran 35 metres to score. Eli Levido only got three conversions out of six, but most shots were from out wide, and there was a swirling wind to contend with. North Sydney led 14-0 at half time (three tries, one conversion), but this was on the back of 68% possession, and having spent 60% of the half in Newcastle territory (thanks to Foxtel for these stats). We were also helped by some sloppy play from Newcastle which lost possession at crucial times.

As I said, a good win, but I wouldn't buy grand final tix just yet. We need to get a bit more imaginative in attack, keep the defenders guessing.

Our pack does a lot of work. Dave Tyrell did a lot of tackling and Tom Burgess took a lot of hit ups.

There were two changes to the starting lineup:

* Siosifa Takakai (no. 18) in for Tautalatasi Tasi (no. 11) who went to the bench.
* Anthony Cherrington (no. 19) in for Cheyne Whitelaw (no. 13) who also went to the bench.

Piki Rogers (no. 16) was 18th man (I saw his number in the pre-match warm up) and Jamel Hunt (no. 17) dropped off the bench.

Cameron Murray (no. 12) also played despite still being on South Sydney's six man bench, so Souths are 1-17 for the NRL game. All NS's seventeen got game time.

I watched the game on Foxtel at Eastlake FC.

People talk about how good it is for three games to be played on NRL match day, but there seemed to be bugger all people at the ground. It was filling up during the second half. This isn't a new phenomenon - my parents used to take us to the games pretty well every weekend, and we'd get there for the first game, but the crowd never really started arriving until half way through reserve grade. (This is my bid to keep playing games at North Sydney Oval.)
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very accurate report Fintan.

Other sides wont make as many mistakes as Newcastle did today. With the amount of ball the Bears had in the first half, we should of led by more, but as you say the Newcastle defence was pretty solid.

A win is a win I guess, and three out of three ain't bad, but we will have to improve on today's attack by spreading the ball more.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moceidreke Quadruple Seals Bears Win
Simon Masterton

Sat 18th March, 04:00PM

Four tries to winger Sitiveni Moceidreke has paved the way for a third consecutive win for the North Sydney Bears, as they overcame the Newcastle Knights 30-6 at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Luke Kelly, Tom Burgess, Anthony Cherrington were also standouts for the Bears, while Jalen Feeney and Nick Meaney tried their best for the home side. While North Sydney scored some late points, the scorecard ultimately reflected the contest accurately.

The teams took the field on the 27th anniversary of a meeting of yesteryear; the Knights defeated the Bears 13-8 in the 1990 season opener. It was clear from the outset that today's match-up would not be so low scoring, however, and despite some early missed opportunities from both sides it would be the Bears to get on the scoreboard first. Sitiveni Moceidreke finished a simple left-side movement from Noth Sydney and with Eli Levido's conversion missing, they had the 4-0 lead.

Experienced pair Tom Burgess and Anthony Cherrington both looked dangerous but came up just short of the line several times; despite the visitors enjoying an overwhelming bulk of possession on the Knights' line, they were struggling to post more points. Eventually Brad Deitz put Cherrington through a gap and the lock forward dived over between the uprights, resulting in a 10-0 scoreline.

The Bears kept coming and while the Knights' defence held strong for the majority, North Sydney eventually found another way through with just seconds remaining in the first half. Moceidreke crossed for his second and with an unsuccessful conversion, it was 14-0 to the Bears at the break.

With just 36% possession and nine tackles in the oppositions 20-metre zone compared with the Bears' 36, half-time painted a dire picture for the Knights but the scoreline kept them in the contest. The Knights needed to start much better and that they did, with early pressure and a nicely-timed Jaelen Feeney pass giving Peter Mata'utia Newcastle's first try. With Gudgeon converting, they reduced the deficit to 14-6.

With 25 minutes remaining the Bears would hit back and once again it was through Moceidreke; in similar fashion to his first two tries, the winger brought up his hat-trick in the corner. With the conversion waved away it was a 12-point lead for North Sydney.

While the Bears were throwing everything they had at the Knights in the second half, it was a visibly higher-quality period of play as Newcastle continued to hold on. As fatigue began to set in, however, Luke Kelly saw an opportunity and an impressive ball put Moceidreke in for try number four. The game had got away from the Knights - it was a 24-6 scoreline with 13 minutes remaining.

As the contest was winding down, Tautalatasi Tasi put the cherry on top for the Bears with a line-break and try under the posts. Levido converted for a final scoreline of 30-6, leaving the club undefeated in season 2017.

North Sydney Bears 30 (S Moveidreke 4, A Cherrington, T Tasi tries; E Levido 3 goals) def
Newcastle Knights 6 (P Mata’utia try; K Gudgeon goal)
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A slightly different match report is on the NS website. I hate North Sydney players being referred to as "Rabbitohs" - when they play for us, they're Bears.

The article included the final team which I haven't included here as it was included in an earlier post.

Next week's game against the undefeated Mounties will be a test - after three rounds, the teams we've played so far are coming 7th (Wenty), 10th (Newcastle) and 11th (Sea Eagles).

Without wanting to sound like a language snob, the past tense of "lead" is "led". I recognise that I make spelling and grammatical mistakes at times, but I'm not a paid journo.


A Hat-Trick + One to Sitiveni Moceidreke Gives Bears their Third Victory
March 18, 2017
by Simon Masterton via NSWRL

The North Sydney Bears Intrust Super team have won their third match 30-6 against the Newcastle Knights as combinations and options have started to fully evolve in the Red and Black camp.

Roving back Sitiveni Moceidreke appears to have found his notch scoring four tries exploiting a Knights right side weakness.

South Sydney Rabbitoh Luke Kelly at five-eighth was pivotal to the team’s success as he and captain Bradley Deitz at hooker ensured ball supply to both the forwards and backline ensuring high completion rates.

Sitiveni Moceidreke was first to score darting into the extreme left of the in-goal. Bears 4-0.

Rabbitohs forwards Tom Burgess, and Anthony Cherrington with ample ball supply began storming the Newcastle line.

Successive attacks by North Sydney eventually lead (sic) to Anthony Cherrington to break through under the upright and with a successful conversion to Eli Levido the Bears edged further ahead at 10-0.

At the 29th minute, the halftime score looked destined to remain 10-0. However, a backline movement suddenly erupted allowing Sitiveni Moceidreke to repeat his first try manoeuvre and the Bears went to the break 14-0 in front.

Halftime in the sheds for the Knights appeared to be time well spent as within the first 5 minutes pressure lead (sic) Newcastle back Peter Mata’utia to score. Kainoa Gudgeon converted, and the Red and Blue closed the gap 14-6 with more than thirty minutes to spare.

The Knights were at times threatening as a full twenty minutes went by where neither team scored.

However, In an identical movement from his first try Sitiveni Moceidreke again edged in to left of the in-goal, and the Bears were 18-6.

Sitiveni Moceidreke’s fourth try was the nail in the coffin the result of Bunnies five-eighth Luke Kelly’s consistent vigilance for opportunities. Bears 24-6.

The inevitable fatigue for the Knights having to defend far more than attack lead (sic) to a final try to Tautalatasi Tasi between the posts.

An easy conversion for Eli Levido wrapped up the match for the Bears 30-6.

The Bears will now travel to Aubrey Keech Reserve to face the Mounties at 3:00 pm Saturday 25th March.

NORTH SYDNEY BEARS 30 (tries: Sitiveni Moceidreke 4, Anthony Cherrington, Tautalatasi Tasi, conversions: Eli Levido 3), defeated
NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS 6 (try: Peter Mata’utia-leifi, conversion: Kainoa Gudgeon).
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