Week 4 of the 2015 VB NSW Cup season threw up a couple surprises with the Wentworthville Magpies getting their first win of the season at the expense of the Illawarra Cutters. The North Sydney Bears put in a brave effort to go down to the New Zealand Warriors by 2, while the Mt Pritchard Mounties continued their unbeaten start to the year.

The New Zealand Warriors did just enough to hold off a determined North Sydney Bears outfit who were coming off a 50-12 thrashing by the Cutters. Missing two key players in fullback Viliami Kaveinga and winger Jarrod Tua, the Warriors were level 4-all at half time but proved to be the better team, running out narrow winners. The win pushes the Warriors up to second on the ladder, while the Bears remain down in last position. HIGHLIGHTS

In the grand final replay between the Newcastle Knights and Penrith Panthers, it was a much closer affair than the 2014 decider with the Knights emerging 18-16 victors. After racing out to a 16-0 lead, the Panthers came roaring back to draw level late in the match. A contentious penalty against the Panthers in the dying stages allowed the Knights to kick the winning penalty goal. HIGHLIGHTS

The Newtown Jets recorded a comeback 32-16 triumph over the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Leichardt Oval after both sides were level at 16-all at halftime. The Jets found themselves trailing 26-16 in the second half before they scored 16 unanswered points to take the game. The win improves the Jets’ record to two wins, two losses to sit in 8th position. HIGHLIGHTS

In the other game at Leichardt Oval, the Mounties held of a spirited Wests Tigers comeback to make it 4 wins from 4 games to start 2015. The Mounties at one stage led 26-10 and looked to be well on their way to a substantial victory before the Tigers came to life and scored two late tries. HIGHLIGHTS

Led by secondrowers Shaun Lane and Adam Elliott, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bullodgs beat the Wyong Roos 34-24 in a see-sawing contest at Belmore Sports Ground. Lane scored two late tries while Elliott put in a massive effort in both attack and defence for the winners who now sit ion 6th position on the ladder. For the Roos, Nene McDonald scored two tries in a timely performance with NRL centre Blake Ferguson set to miss 4 months with a foot injury. HIGHLIGHTS

In the Sunday game, the Wentworthville Magpies secured their first win of the season with an 18-16 win over the Illawarra Cutters at Ringrose Park. Peter Mata’utia missed a penalty goal from 40m out that would have drawn his side level and Luke Kelly was impressive for the Magpies. Despite the win, the Magpies are well back in 11th position, and the Cutters are also struggling in 9th position with just one win all season. HIGHLIGHTS

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