The Wentworthville Magpies are still searching for their first win of 2015 and it doesn’t get any easier with a tough road-trip across the Tasman to face the New Zealand Warriors who went down in a close match against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs last week, while the Magpies went down 31-18 to the Wests Tigers.
The Newtown Jets have endured a lean start to the season, losing both of their games to date and need a big turnaround to beat the defending premiers, the Penrith Panthers at Pepper Stadium.The return to the NRL of Josh Mansour means George Jennings drops back and he will be full of confidence after some excellent performances in first grade. The Jets’ new alignment with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, who aren’t nearly as strong as the Sydney Roosters, seems to be affecting on-field performances.
The Mt Pritchard Mounties are one of three undefeated teams and have been well led by half back Sam Williams. They face the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles who overcame the Illawarra Cutters 32-20 in a see-sawing contest in round 2, with skipper David Williams scoring a double. His experience seems to be benefitting the club, who won just 6 matches last year.
The Tigers and Bulldogs are both coming off wins and meet at Leichardt Oval, looking to build some early season momentum.In his return to Australia, captain Josh Drinkwater has shown some nice touches and is steering the side around well, guiding them to back to back victories. The Bulldogs side features 2014 NRL regulars Corey Thompson and Lloyd Perrett and have been involved in two tight matches in 2015 and will be looking to build on last week’s 8-point win over the Warriors.
The Wyong Roos host the Newcastle Knights, keen to amend after last week’s 3-point loss to the Mounties. The Knights were too good for the Jets at Kurri Sports Ground, winning 32-16, with Jake Mamo continuing his excellent 2015 by scoring 2 tries and keeping pressure on the NRL squad.
The Illawarra Cutters have gone close to winning both their games, but are yet to register a win in 2015, despite a roster littered with NRL experience. The North Sydney Bears opened 2015 with a morale-boosting win, but came crashing back to Earth with a 32-point flooging at the hands of the Panthers. The Cutters are playing their first match at WIN Stadium, Wollongong so that should give them the necessary motivation to get the win.