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Norths unbearable start - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Fri, 19 Sep 2008 12:25:00 GMT
1st placed Norths hit another obstacle to premiership glory after losing to 8th placed Balmain Ryde-Eastwood in hot and humid conditions at North Sydney Oval last weekend.
The following day more rugby league history was created – some say for all the wrong reasons – when NRL minor premiers Melbourne were slayed by the 8th placed New Zealand Warriors for the first time since the McIntyre System was introduced.
The Bears did some damage early in attack to race away to a 10-nil lead before the Tigers responded with four unanswered first-half tries and then another one early in the final term to cause the biggest upset in week one of the NSW Cup finals series.
Western Suburbs Magpies enjoyed the benefits of several top names returning to the field last week with a solid 38-24 win over Manly.
Shannon gallant, Stuart Flanagan, Rocky Trimarchi, Daine Lauri, Peni Tagive and Ryan O’Hara – all first grade fringe players – ensured their side was not their to make up the numbers.
Leading 16-12 at half-time, the patient Magpies eventually overwhelmed the Sea Eagles with extra tries to Akeripa, hooker Stuart Flanagan and winger Shannon McDonnell.
Making the win even sweeter for the fibro representatives was the fact they rolled their silvertail arch-rivals at Brookvale Oval.
With teams one and three losing in week one, somebody had to show a bit of consistency and that job was accepted by the Newtown Jets.
The Jets – who won two of their last three games during the regular season – earned a week off with handy 30-16 win over fifth placed Windsor.
Standing out for the bluebags was Mitch Aubusson who bagged a hat-trick, grabbing his third touch down in the 74th minute.
Wentworthville’s campaign to make it four straight premierships [the Magpies merged with defending premiers Parramatta this season] is on course after easily swooping on Cronulla 46-16 at Ringrose Park.
This weekend fans will be forced to search harder for petrol coupons under the lounge as they travel to Campbelltown Stadium to watch the State Cup and Jim Beam Cup finals series continue to unfold.
NSW State Cup – Finals Week 2:

Balmain Ryde V Manly
Sunday September 21st, 1:30pm
Campbelltown Stadium
Referee: Gavin Reynolds
Touch Judges: Melissa Yates & Richard Daizli
GRL Tip: Manly

North Sydney V Wests
Sunday September 21st, 3:00pm
Campbelltown Stadium
Referee: Gerry Sutton
Touch Judges: Brenden Wood and Peter Sciberras
GRL Tip: North Sydney - Read More, Here