Round Two of the 2015 VB NSW Cup is here with all 8 games taking place on Saturday, March 14.
Penrith Panthers vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs @ Carrington Park
Two round one winners in the North Sydney Bears and Penrith Panthers face off at Carrington Park in Bathurst, with the match kicking off at 2:45pm. The Bears played well in their 30-16 win over the Wentworthville Magpies while the Panthers were equally impressive in their 26-20 win over a strong Bulldogs side. Look out for former Rabbitohs hooker Apisai Koroisau who was very impressive in the Panthers’ opening game.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Illawarra Cutters @ Brookvale Oval
The Illawarra Cutters and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles will be searching for their first win of 2015 when they meet at Brookvale Oval. Despite a star-studded back line, the Cutters went down by two to the Mounties last week, Charly Runciman’s late try not quite enough for them to get the points. The Sea Eagles were hammered 34-8 by the Wyong Roos in round one and will need a big turnaround to beat the Cutters who have again named a very strong side including Euan Aitken who scored two tries in round one and looked dangerous.
Wests Tigers vs Wentworthville Magpies @ Leichardt Oval
The Wests Tigers will be full of confidence heading into their clash with the Wentworthville Magpies after an impressive 24-14 win over the Newtown Jets in round one. Hat-trick hero John Sila is absent from the Tigers line-up but they still boast the likes of Shannon McDonnell and Keith Lulia who both have plenty of NRL experience. Josh Drinkwater is a very handy player who will again steer the Tigers around the park. For the Magpies the likes of Vai Toutai and Ryan Morgan will be looking to impress to earn call-ups to the NRL and after a disappointing loss in round one, the Magpies will be fired up for this one.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs New Zealand Warriors @ Belmore Sportsground
Moses Mbye has been elevated to the NRL for the Bulldogs but older fans may raise an eyebrow at their halfback; Lindon McGrady, nephew of 1991 Rothmans Medal Winner Ewan McGrady. The Bulldogs showed plenty of fight in their 6-point loss to the Panthers last week but need to bounce back against a New Zealand Warriors side that was best served by halfback Api Pewhairangi in a 26-18 victory over the Newcastle Knights.
Newcastle Knights vs Newtown Jets @ Kurri Kurri Sportground
A 5th knee reconstruction for Kyle Stanley has hurt the Newtown Jets’ playing ranks as they look to secure a first win of 2015 against the Newcastle Knights, also seeking that first win. The Knights lost to the Warriors after leading 18-12 at one stage and with a vocal home crowd behind them at Kurri Kurri Sportsground, they are a good chance of getting the win.
Wyong Roos vs Mt Pritchard Mounties @ Moirrie Breen Oval
Two first-up winners meet at Morrie Breen Oval as the Wyong Roos host the Mt Pritchard Mounties, with both sides impressive winners in round one. The Roos easily accounted for the Sea Eagles 34-8, while the Mounties, led by halfback Sam Williams held off the Cutters to win 22-20. Mounties have again named a stron side featuring the likes of Bill Tupou, Sam Williams, David Shillington, Shannon Boyd and Joel Edwards, while the Roos have both Willie Manu and Lagi Setu in a strong pack. They key to success in rugby league is consistency and both teams have the chance to build a solid foundation early in the season so this should be a great game.