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Norths bear hug Knights - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Wed, 25 Apr 2007 12:20:00 GMT
The North Sydney Bears scored their best win of the season last weekend when they ended the undefeated streak of Newcastle with 20-16 win at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

In the end, it was the the experience of Scott Geddes & Joe Galuvao along with the youth of Fetuli Talanoa & Isaac Luke which helped the visitors snatch a win from the Knights in the dying minutes of the match.

“Now they’re the type of wins you remember” cried Bears GM Greg Florimo as NRL CEO David Gallop offered his congratulations on the side line after the exciting finish at Energy Australia Stadium.

The first half was a tight affair, with one try to each team. Fetuli Talanoa scored for Norths when he out leaped the Newcastle defense to take an Eddie Paea bomb. Newcastle led 6-4 at half time.

In the second half Ben Rogers scored for Norths off a pass from Eddie Paea and Beau Champion converted. The Bears then extended the lead as Issac Luke scored from dummy half after good lead up work by Fetuli Talanoa.

However Newcastle were able to score twice after a number of Bears mistakes and penalties, to take a two-point lead 16-14.

The tension in the stadium was electric as an arm wrestle ensued and it looked like Norths may not achieve field position to score.

But Issac Luke then managed to break the line and had enough pace to run 50 metres to score with 1 minute left on the clock capping off a magnificent performance for the Bears.

After a Beau Champion conversion the Knights had one last play to try and win the match.

Newcastle regathered from the kick off passing the ball around like a 7’s team in a last ditch effort but Norths were able to shut down the play and win the match.

Again the Bears will need to go back to the drawing board on attack, often unable to complete a set of six.

Still coach Wayne Lambkin could find no others words than “outstanding defence”. I said ‘defence wins matches’ and this proves it”.

The scoreline wasn’t so flash for Lambkin’s former side Canterbury-Bankstown who got thrashed 48-6 against defending premiers Parramatta earlier in the day.

Eels fans were seen dancing in the streets following the result of the Bears-Knights game, realising their side would return to the top of the table for the first time in 2007.

In an odd performance the Sharks defeated the Raiders 5-4 in the lowest scoring game of the season.

NORTH SYDNEY 20 (Fetuli Talanoa, Ben Rogers, Isaac Luke 2 tries; Beau Champion 2 goals from 4) defeated NEWCASTLE 16 (3 tries; 2 goals)

Other Premier League results:

St George 44 d Wests 10
Eels 48 d Bulldogs 6
Manly 32 d Penrith 12
Cronulla 5 Canberra 4
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