The North Sydney Bears came crashing back to Earth in round two of the 2015 VB NSW Cup season. A week after opening the season in style with a 30-16 triumph over the Wentworthville Magpies they were hammered 38-6 at the hands of the Penrith Panthers in Bathurst. Waqua Blake scored a double talented hooker Apisai Koroisau kicked 5 goals and scored a try himself in the 32-point win.
At Brookvale Oval, the Illawarra Cutters jumped out of the gates and racked up a 16-point lead over the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles after half an hour and led 16-12 at half time. The Cutters scored early in the second half through Tyron Cranston to make it 20-12, but that was the last of their points as the Sea Eagles rallied to score three tries in the final half hour to run out winners 32-20, with skipper David Williams bagging a double.
In a see-sawing game at Belmore Sports Ground the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs overcame the New Zealand Warriors 26-18 with six lead changes throughout the match. Lindon McGrady, nephew of former Rothmans Medal winner Ewan McGrady impressed in the halves while Corey Thompson had a strong game as well.
The Wests Tigers piled on the points late to down the Wentworthville Magpies 31-18 at Leichardt Oval. Scores were locked at 18-all late in the match before two converted tries and a Josh Drinkwater field goal secured victory for the Tigers who have now won both matches in 2015, while the Magpies are still searching for a win.
Nathan Ross and Jake Mamo were the stars as the Newcastle Knights overcame the Newtown Jets 32-16 at Kurri Sports Ground. Ross and Mamo both grabbed a double in a win that puts the Knights into 5th position on the ladder, while the Jets are way down in 11th after a winless start to 2015.
At Morrie Breen Oval, the Wyong Roos fell 21-18 to the Mt Pritchard Mounties in a tense affair. A late flurry of points and a fantastic field goal from 40m out by Mounties half back Sam Williams saw his side make it two from two to start the year.
Check out the VB NSW Cup ladder after 2 rounds here