2015 VB NSW Cup Round Four Preview

Wests Tigers vs Mt Pritchard Mounties @ Leichardt Oval
Two undefeated sides clash in what is shaping up to be a classic match at Leichardt Oval. The Mounties, led by half back Sam Williams have been on great form, and will be boosted by the inclusion of Josh McCrone at hooker. The Tigers were lucky to escape with the points against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs last week but will be tough to beat at their home ground.

New Zealand Warriors vs North Sydney Bears @ Mt Smart Stadium
The Bears were humbled 50-12 by the Illawarra Cutters in round 3 and face a daunting task away at Mt SMart Stadium to tackle an in-form New Zealand Warriors outfit that has been superbly led by five eighth Api Pewhairangi. With no recognised NRL-quality players in their line-up, the Bears are struggling to match it with the other sides week-to-week and the Warriors should win easily.

Newcastle Knights vs Penrith Panthers @ Hunter Stadium
A re-match of the 2014 Grand Final with the Panthers cruising to a 2 win, 1 loss start to 2015, while the Knights have just the one victory to their name. With a number of players on both sides pushing for NRL selection this will be a fiery encounter. The Panthers went down 24-8 last week to the previously win-less Newtown Jets so look for them to bounce back.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs Wyong Roos @ Belmore Sports Ground
The Bulldogs went down 34-32 in a thrilling match against the Wests Tigers in round 3, while the Roos recorded their first ever victory against the Knights, 18-6. The Bulldogs will find it tough to penetrate a Roos defence that has conceded just 35 points in three games. Their own defence has leaked 78 points. The Roos look to be a more consistent side and are sitting pretty in third position and the Bulldogs need to improve to get back inside the top six.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles vs Newtown Jets @ Leichardt Oval
With Brookvale Oval undergoing long-overdue maintenance on its’ playing surface, this 5pm fixture is being played at Leichardt Oval. The Sea Eagles were no match for an in-form Mounties side in round 3, going down 46-20, while the Jets recorded their first win of 2015, an impressive 24-8 triumph over the Penrith Panthers. The Sea Eagles will need to fix their defence which has leaked 100 points so far, and Jets playmaker Todd Murphy showed some nice touches in their win over the Panthers and will be keen to continue his good form.

Wentworthville Magpies vs Illawarra Cutters @ Ringrose Park
After being mauled 44-20 by the Warriors in round 3 the Magpies return home to face a Cutters side on a high after putting 50 past the Bears. The Cutters had previously gone down in close encounters in rounds 1 and 2, but their breakthrough performance against the Bears, featuring a hat-trick to fullback Justin Hunt, will have put the Magpies on notice. A star-studded Cutters outfit could have a field day against the worst defence in the league, but they will need to work hard against a desperate Magpies outfit.

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