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globalrugbyleague - Wed, 20 Feb 2008 06:22:00 GMT
The 2008 NSWRL Matthews Cup kicked off with great excitement last Saturday when the South West Sydney Academy of Sports hosted the Cronulla Sharks at Kirkham Field.

In the Opening game, the SWSAS took on the Cronulla Junior League Development Under 15's in a tough game of good footy.

The Academy boys outscored the Sharks this time in a good come back from the game played last season at Endeavour Field.

The Academy managed to put on 6 tries to the Sharks 2, but as with all development games that’s not the important thing in these games. It’s about developing our junior club players.

A crowd of a few hundred saw a tight opening 15 minutes with both sets of forwards making up for five months without footy.

The Sharks crossed the line when Sam Clune ran straight over from about 10 meters out for the first score of the season.

From the kick off the Sharks forwards led by big Joel Tubbs got up to the Academy's 40.

The academy had the ball only to kick it back to the Sharks, who just kept on attacking until they went over again thanks to some tricky running by the winger in the right corner.

SWSAS scored when their fullback made a mad dash and scored under the black dot, the kick was a good one and then they were in again to make the score 12 all at half time.

Cronulla came out after the break and continued on from the first half with Steve Lemone and his pack barging their way up the field to force the scorers to grab their pencils again.

As the light faded, the Shark attack continued with some good defence and great attacking play seeing the Cronulla Sharks run away with the two points with a 34 - 12 first round victory.

The Sharks SG Ball side also travelled to the Gold Coast to come away with a 30 - all draw, the Sharks first half was a shocker and the second half was very good to bring the Sharks back into the game.

In other junior rep news the Bulldogs SG Ball team flogged the North Sydney Bears 50 to 4.

The Bulldogs Harold Mathew Cup squad also were lucky to get away with a 22 - all draw against the Bears after some lackluster performances.

Parramatta proved too good for the Dragons winning both their Harold Mathews fixture (48 - 0) and the SG Ball 22 - 12 respectively.

Harold Mathews Results:
Round 1
Feb 16

Cronulla 34 d SW Academy 12
Central Coast Storm 42 d Canberra 40
Eels 48 d St George 0
Penrith 14 d South Sydney 12
Western Suburbs 20 d Western Academy of Sydney Sport 4
North Sydney 22 drew Bulldogs 22.

SG Ball Results
Round 1
February 16

Cronulla 30 drew Gold Coast 30
Canberra 44 d Central Coast 18
Parramatta 22 d St George 12
Penrith 26 d South Sydney 14
Illawarra Steelers 32 d Balmain Tigers 6
Western Academy of Sport 19 d Western Suburbs Magpies 18Canterbury 50 d North Sydney 4. - Read More, Here