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globalrugbyleague - Tue, 15 Apr 2008 12:49:00 GMT
North Sydney remain the only undefeated team in the 2008 NSWRL State Cup after snatching a very late 24-20 victory over Wentworthville in round 5.

Billed by many as a Grand Final grudge match, the showdown between last year’s runners-up and the eventual premiers didn’t disappoint with the game going right down to the wire.

With the visitors down 18-12 at the break, a scrappy second-half full of excellent handling errors looked like ensuring the remainder of the contest would eventuate into a no-scoring affair for either side.
That was until the Magpies slotted what appeared to be a make and break penalty goal inside the final quarter to edge ahead 20-18.
That was before Bears halfback Charlie Herekotukutuku grubber kicked into the right corner to set up a match-winning try for Nathanael Barnes with 3 seconds remaining.

Over at Henson Park the Newtown Jets drew 10-all with Manly-Warringah, ensuring the Jets avoided putting together a losing sequence after a terrific start to season 08.

The Sea Eagles had led 4-0 at halftime and 10-4 with fifteen minutes to play and despite two attempts just failed to land the killer blow of a field goal.

With just five minutes remaining the Jets pulled back to 10-8 and halfback Ben Green's curving sideline conversion levelled the scores.

Cronulla-Cobras coach Craig Wilson can now breathe a sigh of relief after his team scored win number one with an emphatic 22-16 triumph at home over the hot and cold Bulldogs.

Windsor picked up their first loss on the road this season after Central Newcastle after going down 40-30 at Energy Australia Stadium.

The Auckland Vulcans are yet to score back to back wins after overturning last week’s impressive 1-point victory over then undefeated Newtown into a 12-point defeat at the hands of Balmain-Ryde.

Wests Magpies are back to doing what no team enjoys doing best. They are sitting at the bottom of the State Cup table after getting thrashed by 26-points care of the Central Coast.

ROUND 5 FACTS:

Central Coast 44 d Wests 14
Newtown 10 Manly 10
Balmain-Ryde 30 d Auckland 18
Cronulla 22 Bulldogs 16
Newcastle 40 Windsor 30
North Sydney 24 Wentworthville 20.

COMING UP:

Round 6 [April 18-21]
Auckland V Cronulla Cobras
Balmain Ryde V Western Suburbs
Bulldogs V Manly
CC Storm V Newcastle
North Sydney Bears V Newtown
Windsor V Wentworthville - Read More, Here