2019 Canterbury Cup Round 8 v Western Suburbs Magpies

 
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Fintan O'Laighin
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 9:50 pm    Post subject: 2019 Canterbury Cup Round 8 v Western Suburbs Magpies Reply with quote

A double header at North Sydney Oval on Sunday with a women's game at 11:45AM between North Sydney Bears and Wests Tigers, and a men's game at 1:10PM between the Bears and Western Suburbs Magpies. For the men, it will the first leg of the Jason Taylor Cup, the current North Sydney coach, who played first grade for both Wests (1990-93) and Norths (1994-99, plus Northern Eagles in 2000) during his career. His last year of first grade was in 2001 with Parramatta.

The men's game is being broadcast by Channel 9, starting at 1PM with a few minutes of pre-match commentary.

Match details for the Canterbury Cup are below. Sydney Roosters play on Saturday night. There will be a separate post for the women's game.

Sunday 5th May 2019, 1:10PM
North Sydney Bears v Western Suburbs Magpies
North Sydney Oval


1. Kieran MOSS
2. Asu KEPAOA
3. Edward MURPHY
4. James TUITAHI
5. Bernard LEWIS
6. Lachlan LAM - has been named as a reserve (no. 20) for Sydney Roosters
7. Brock LAMB
8. Poasa FAAMAUSILI
9. Bradley DEITZ
10. Lindsay COLLINS (has been named on the bench (no. 18) for Sydney Roosters)
11. Josh CURRAN
12. Tom FREEBAIRN (c)
13. Max BAILEY

14. Sam VERRILLS - has been named as a reserve (no. 21) for Sydney Roosters
15. Drew HUTCHISON
16. John TUIVAITI
17. Stefano HALA

Coach: Jason TAYLOR
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2019 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of three players named in the Sydney Roosters extended squad, only Lindsay COLLINS was in the final 17 for tonight's game.
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PostPosted: Sun May 05, 2019 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A scrappy game, not helped by the wet conditions in the first half, beltingly wet at times, but a solid 18-6 win to the Bears.

North Sydney led 16-0 at half time although Wests had two tries disallowed, one of which looked ok to me. Another Wests attack saw a Wests player bat the ball back to stop it going dead. A Norths player picked it up in the in-goal, but on the replay you could see a Wests chaser being taken out. In other words, a 16-0 half time lead was not as dominant as it might first look.

Having said that. North Sydney's second try was a beautiful bit of play. A lovely angled run through a gap by Lachlan Lam (I think) and a well placed kick into the in-goal for a race won by Bernard Lewis. A quality try.

The best thing about the second half was North Sydney's defence, particularly after last week's asleep-at-the-wheel effort. North Sydney was under a lot of pressure, but the defensive line held, apart from once when Wests scooted over from dummy half close to the goal line.

There were some changes to the team list:

16. John TUIVAITI in for no 8. Poasa FAAMAUSILI
19. Egan BUTCHER (the 18 year old younger brother of Nat) in for no 10. Lindsay COLLINS
18. Daniel FIFITA replaced John TUIVAITI on the bench

All four bench players got game time.

The win puts North Sydney into second place, where they'll stay if Mounties beat Penrith. We could have been as low as seventh had we lost - the table is a bit cluttered.

The scoring went as follows:

NS try - John Tuivaiti 4'
NS conversion - Brock Lamb 6' - NS 6-0

NS try - Bernard Lewis 12' - NS 10-0
(Lamb's conversion attempt hit the upright)

NS try - Egan Butcher 34'
NS conversion - Brock Lamb 35' - NS 16-0

Half time North Sydney 16-0

WS try - Soni Luke 53'
Paul Momirovski 54' - NS 16-6

NS penalty goal - Brock Lamb 75' - NS 18-6

Full time
North Sydney Bear 18 (Tries - John Tuivaiti 4', Bernard Lewis 12', Egan Butcher 34'; Conversions - Brock Lamb 6', 35'; Penalty goal - Brock Lamb 75') df
Western Suburbs Magpies 6 (Try x1; Conversion x1)

No games for any sides next week because it's the QLD Residents v NSW Residents game on Sunday.
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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The defensive effort in the second half was very encouraging, but to see only 8 points in that half is a sign of the times.

The stoppages were endless yesterday. It seems compulsory to take 5 minutes to take a conversion. This on top of the constant time out any time a player looks slightly groggy or lies down. As a result there is absolutely no fatigue factor in games any more. A monster like Russell Packer should be exhausted at the end of a match. It looked like he could have run another 30 minutes at full time.
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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a bit of a shocker too, old Russ.
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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moonbear wrote:
A monster like Russell Packer should be exhausted at the end of a match. It looked like he could have run another 30 minutes at full time.

He had a few minutes in the sin bin to catch his breath.

kjwbea wrote:
Had a bit of a shocker too, old Russ.

It wasn't his best game. He looked a bit out of sorts and tried to do a bit too much. Not all the errors were his fault - had he done a couple of his offloads in the NRL, they would have been applauded, but the lower quality players in the Canterbury Cup dropped the ball or didn't read what he was trying to do. But having said that, he did drop the ball cold himself a couple of times and gave away some penalties with poorly timed high shots. He'll get better.
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