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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2017 10:17 pm    Post subject: ISP Round 12 v NZ Warriors @ Mt Smart no. 2, Sat 27th May Reply with quote

A chance to redeem ourselves this week with a trip to Auckland. The game starts at 3:10PM (AEST) and is being broadcast on Fox. Coverage starts at 3:00PM.

Note that the e-mail sent to Bears members says that the game starts at 5:15PM - this is NZ time. The Fox Sports guide is at www.foxsports.com.au/tvguide.

The team list is posted on the NS website (see below).

South Sydney has named a 21-man squad for its Friday night match against Parramatta, but no one has been named for both squads. For the record, the 8-man bench is 14 Damien Cook, 15 Tyrell Fuimaono, 16 Anthony Cherrington, 17 George Burgess, 18 Braidon Burns, 19 Zane Musgrove, 20 David Tyrrell and 21 Cameron Murray.

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NORTH SYDNEY TRAVEL TO NEW ZEALAND TO FACE THE WARRIORS IN ROUND 12 OF THE INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP
May 23, 2017
by North Sydney Bears

This week the North Sydney Bears fly to the Land of the Long White Cloud, New Zealand.

The Bears previously faced the Warriors at North Sydney Oval in round eight of the 2017 Intrust Super Premiership with the Kiwi clan running out winners 24-8.

This match in New Zealand will take place at Mt Smart Stadium #2 on Saturday 27th of May. Kick-off is 5:15 pm in New Zealand and 3:15 pm Sydney time.

The match is expected to be broadcast LIVE on FOX LEAGUE in Australia and SKY Sport in New Zealand.

NSW Rugby League Senior Representative Competition | Intrust Super Premiership Competition
Round Twelve | New Zealand Vs North Sydney | Mt Smart Stadium #2 | 5:15 pm (NZ) 3:15 pm (AU) | 27/05/2017


1 Latrell Schaumkel
2 Latrell Robinson
3 Edward Murphy
4 Dane Neilson
5 Abbas Miski
6 Eli Levido
7 Luke Kelly
8 Fred Junior Mauala
9 Bradley Deitz (C)
10 Toby Rudolf
11 Jack Gosiewski
12 Brett Greinke
13 Cheyne Whitelaw

Interchange
14 Jamal Hunt
15 Piki Rogers
16 Jokatama Dokonivalu
17 Clayton Williams

Coach: Ben Gardiner
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder when the team fly over to NZ?

Could determine 2-4 players from the Souths list joining the team.
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

092016 wrote:
I wonder when the team fly over to NZ?

Could determine 2-4 players from the Souths list joining the team.

I was thinking that. You'd reckon they'd fly the night before. It's three hours flying time, plus check-in, customs, a two hour time difference ..... It's a disruption to the normal routine. That the Warriors do this every second week is pretty impressive that they're doing so well.
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The updated team list on the South Sydney website has Tyrell Fuimaono (no. 15) in place of Bryson Goodwin (no. 4) who is injured and a six-man bench, with David Tyrell (no. 20) omitted.

www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2017/05/25/updated_squads_for_r.html
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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Normally teams fly over on Friday and then play at 11am local time so that they can get back to Sydney that night before the airport curfew. This saves a lot of money.
Because tomorrow's game is so much later than normal, I reckon they'll fly over on a 6am flight and get in about 11am local time. There's no chance they'll get back to Sydney so it looks like the lads get a night out on the town in Auckland on Saturday night. That should nearly be as underwhelming as our back line.
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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's the text of an e-mail from the NS Bears that arrived just before 5 o'clock this afternoon:

North Sydney Bears Late Mail
The Bears have arrived in New Zealand and are preparing for their match against the Warriors tomorrow. There have been a few late changes, and the Bears will go into the match with several debutants, including Tom Freebairn, Chad O'Donnell and Jacob McCudden. Lattrell Schaumkel, Patrice Siolo and Abbas Miski also find themselves back in the squad.

Don't forget to tune in and watch this game live - Saturday 27th May, 3pm on Fox Sports 2!

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There's no updated team list on either the NS or the NSWRL website.

The NSWRL does have the match preview however.

www.nswrl.com.au/news/2017/05/26/previews_isp_nsw_rou.html

New Zealand Warriors v North Sydney Bears
Mt Smart Stadium, Saturday, 25 May
5:10pm (NZST)
Broadcast LIVE on Fox League (Australia) and SKY Sport NZ


The North Sydney Bears will attempt to end their two-game losing streak when they travel across the ditch to face the high-flying New Zealand Warriors.

The Warriors will be brimming with confident after a hard-fought win over the Wentworthville Magpies and will relish the home-ground advantage against a fellow premiership heavyweight.

The experienced Tu'imoala Lolohea has been instrumental in their success this season, particularly since his move to fullback with Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad's rise to first grade. Expect another dominant performance from Albert Vete, who has been one of the most damaging front-rowers this season and ran for 172 metres in their win over the Tigers.

The Bears are coming off disappointing performances against the Newtown Jets and Blacktown Workers, however have maintained their position in the top four and their status as one of the best defensive sides throughout 2017. Completing at 49 per cent was their achilles heel last week and continued to dampen their opportunities to their class, but were valiant in defeat after conceding just one try in the second half.

Expect a big response from their brutal forward pack, in particular NSW Residents foward Cheyne Whitelaw and Rabbitohs Junior Cameron Murray, who have arguably been their most consistent performers so far this season.
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I thought we played pretty well today, even when we were still behind 18-0 after 60 minutes. But gee, there are some parts of our game that we can improve. I'll start with the negatives as I want to finish with the positives (and there were a lot).

1) I know there are different schools of thought, but when you get a penalty right in front, take the points. We turned one down in the first minute. This could have been costly when a missed conversion with five minutes to go left us eight points adrift. We might have scored a third try but still finished short.

2) Don't try and play the ball with two big defenders hanging onto you. Quick play the balls are good, but losing possession on the second tackle because of an incorrect play the ball, 2m from the NZW goal line, is terrible. The ref was not penalising anyone for taking too long to get off a tackled player.

3) Work on completion rates. At one stage the Foxtel stat was 80% NZW, 57% Bears.

4) Set the defensive line better and look at how the opposition is setting up. NZW's second try came after what seemed to be its biggest player crashed through four defenders, three of whom were half his size and even FJ Mauala was dwarfed. Ok, maybe there were a lot of big players in the NZW side, but this seemed to be an example of NZW targetting the defensive line better. The defensive line against NZW's third try wasn't any better.

5) Get some urgency in defence. The NZW gave a great lesson in this, they always seem to have numbers there, whereas we had to scramble. NZW got too many offloads away.

6) Get some imagination in attack. NS ran some angles today, but often it was just a pass back inside. Too many attacks just involved two or three players, with the others just watching rather than positioning themselves to be an option.

7) Get the halves to attack the defensive line more, keep 'em guessing. Too often all that was done was pass the ball from a standing-still position.

8) Stop giving away stupid penalties, particularly when you have the opposition in their own quarter. NZW's first try came from such a situation that gave them a nice 45m boost downfield.

But, as I said, I thought we played well and there were lots of positives. Our forwards generally muscled up against the bigger opposition. It was a fiery game but NS didn't back down. Luke Kelly played well, probably the best I've seen him. His kicking was generally pretty good, and I think he was the one who kicked to get us the 40/20. He set up both our tries. The first one was in the 63rd minute, he attacked the line, put Chad O'Donnell through a gap - he got caught, but was able to find Abbas Miski who was backing up. The second was in the 74th minute, he shaped to kick but instead threw a cut out pass past two players and found O'Donnell on the wing.

In between the two tries, there were two great kicks that were unlucky not to result in tries. The first was a beautifully weighted kick into the in goal, looking for O'Donnell who was just beaten to the ball by a defender who knocked it dead for a line drop out.

The second was a well weighted kick that looked to have the right angle to find a NS attacker in the in goal, only for the ball to hit the post and be gathered by NZW. Ok, maybe he should have taken the post into account.

NZW's second try came after what I thought was a bad decision from the ref. He ruled that Schaumkel had dropped a bomb and gave NZW a scrum feed. Schaumkel certainly juggled it but I thought he'd regathered and the ball didn't hit the ground or an opposition player. I might be wrong. Anway, NZW scored off the next set (see no. 4 above). NZW's third came after good field position following another dropped bomb. (Again, see no. 4 above.) Schaumkel did a great try-saving tackle in the 61st minute when NZW ran it on the last. He tackled the player into touch in goal, won the Bears a 20m tap and we scored on that set.

The last fifteen minutes really showed what NS can do in attack - where has this been lately? Gee, it was good to watch.

We had a lot of contributors today. It's probably unfair to single people out, but I should mention Ed Murphy and Piki Rogers, both of whom played well today. Piki gets fired up.

There were four changes to NS's squad of 17 - all players got game time. Jacob McCudden (who was mentioned in the follow-up e-mail as having joined the squad) didn't play. The game was also played at the main stadium, not Mt Smart no. 2.

1 Latrell Schaumkel
2 Latrell Robinson
3 Edward Murphy
15 Piki Rogers
5 Abbas Miski
6 Eli Levido
7 Luke Kelly
8 Fred Junior Mauala
9 Bradley Deitz (C)
17 Clayton Williams
18 David Tyrell
21 Patrice Siolo
13 Cheyne Whitelaw

Interchange
10 Toby Rudolf
14 Jamal Hunt
20 Chad O'Donnell
22 Thomas Freebairn

Out
4 Dane Neilson
11 Jack Gosiewski
12 Brett Greinke
16 Jokatama Dokonivalu

New Zealand Warriors 18 (3 tries, 3 conversions) df
North Sydney Bears 10 (Miski, O'Donnell tries; Levido 1 conversion from 2 attempts).
Half-time: 12-0

Interchange
1. 25 mins Williams OFF Rudolf ON
2. 30 mins Tyrell OFF Hunt ON
3. 35 mins Deitz OFF Freebairn ON
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4. 50 mins Mauala OFF Deitz ON
5. 56 mins Hunt OFF Tyrell ON
6. 62 mins Schaumkel OFF O'Donnell ON
7. 69 mins Rudolf OFF Williams ON
HIA 73 mins Whitelaw OFF Mauala ON
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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fintan O'Laighin wrote:
Jacob McCudden (who was mentioned in the follow-up e-mail as having joined the squad) didn't play.

The updated team at www.northsydneybears.com.au/late-mail-bears-intrust-super-team-face-new-zealand-warriors lists him as 18th man (in jersy no. 16).
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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some great observations Fintan. I just thought it was dumb football in the first half.

Not taking the two points at the start was dumb, dropping the pill when getting up fast in the play the ball two metres from the line was dumb and the right winger running the ball at the same angle every time he got it and then kept getting smashed, was dumb. Grade footballers not attempting to catch or dropping balls on the full is also dumb.

But the ref warned and penalised our guys early in the game about hanging on in the play the ball, but let them hang on to our players all game. Wasn't the ruling on the NZW full back taking the ball over the dead ball line a howler.

I saw the Souths game on Friday night and they were terrible. These guys had the opportunity to impress for first grade selection and let themselves down, especially in the first half.

It took 60 minutes to get warmed up (surely not jet lag) and then we played as we should have from the start after consecutive losses. If we can play like that for the rest of the season we will win more than we lose.

But then we return to "fortress" North Sydney Oval where we haven't won all year.
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree re first half....I lost count of the times Eli went crossfield and turned Rogers back inside....by the eighth time I think the defence knew they didnt even have to guess....way too telegraphed guys. Kelly had his best game and actually did some good off the cuff stuff...I though Rudolf was the pick of the forwards he looks very promising.
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The match report is on the NSWRL website, a pretty fair account of the game. It mentions that NZW retains second spot but doesn't mention that NS has dropped to sixth.

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Warriors Hold Off Fast-Finishing Bears At Home
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Sat 27th May, 05:00PM

The Warriors have bounced back from a scrappy Round 11 win with a good victory in Round 12, defeating the North Sydney Bears 18-10 at Mt Smart Stadium. Having convincingly defeated the Bears on their turf four weeks ago, the Warriors were impressive yet again - but had to contend with a fast finish from their opposition in Auckland.

Halfback and captain Mason Lino was in form as per usual, while Toafofoa Sipley came up with two vital runs for the Warriors. While all 17 of the Bears were willing in attack and defence, a number of errors at key moments made life difficult for Ben Gardiner's men.

Rocked by the immediate departure of Tui Lolohea, who signed with the Wests Tigers in the lead-up, the Warriors shifted usual no.9 Sam Cook to fullback and the talented Jazz Tevaga filled the hooking role. The Bears featured a new-look forward pack with Clayton Williams, David Tyrell and Patrice Siolo all coming into the starting side.

A late hit on Eli Levido gifted the North Sydney side an attacking set early, but they failed to come up with points from their first opportunity - before helping the Warriors back upfield due to a penalty. From there, the second-placed hosts made no mistake as Mason Lino put in a grubber for Junior Pauga, who outpaced Latrell Schaumkel to score the opening try. Lino then nailed the conversion and it was 6-0 in favour of the hosts.

Tevaga looked to dive from dummy-half soon after to compound the Bears' woes, but a Charlie Gubb penalty denied the hooker the four points. It would be another 15 minutes until more points came, thanks to a destructive running from Toafofoa Sipley. The interchange forward took the ball with plenty to do but carried four Bears defenders to score a fantastic try, with another successful conversion giving the side a 12-0 advantage.

The Warriors kept coming and while they were unable to extend their lead further in the first half, they were on top in what was a defensively strong game of Rugby League. Enjoying a 60-40 share of possession, completing at 80 per cent and missing just five tackles in the first period, the New Zealand team was looking very impressive heading into the sheds.

Early in the second half, it was once again a hard run from Sipley which would help the Warriors back onto the scoreboard. Following his hit-up, Ofahiki Ogden rammed into the defensive line and managed to score the Warriors' third of the day next to the posts; an easy conversion attempt was then successful from Lino as they got out to an 18-0 lead.

There appeared to be a spring in the step of the Bears outfit and while handling errors at key moments continued to haunt them, eventually they would get on the board via Abbas Miski. When Luke Kelly set up a nice play down the right-hand side, Miski came up on the inside of Thomas Freebairn to score, with the conversion taking scores to 18-6 with 15 minutes remaining.

The Bears maintained hope of a comeback and were certainly on top in the late stages - an opportunity they made the most of via Chad O'Donnell. The interchange forward burst through the Warriors' line to score in the North-Eastern corner, giving North Sydney a fighting chance of getting within a converted try of their opposition. Levido's conversion attempt, however, sailed well wide of the posts and scores remained 18-10.

At the conclusion of an impressive fightback, the Warriors still emerged victorious 18-10 and thanks to a narrow Wyong Roos victory across the Tasman, remain in second position on the Intrust Super Premiership NSW ladder.

Warriors 18 (J Pauga, T Sipley, O Ogden tries; M Lino 3 goals) def North Sydney Bears 10 (A Miski, C O’Donnell tries; E Levido goal)
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