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globalrugbyleague - Tue, 24 Feb 2009 05:58:00 GMT
It looks like a good year to be a debutant team in the NSWRL SG Ball Cup with Melbourne and Newtown undefeated after the opening two rounds.

The SG Ball Cup
(Under-18) newcomers stunned heavyweights Canberra 32-22 in Melbourne
at the weekend backing up from an 18-14 win against Newcastle in their
competition debut in Round 1.

The Storm join fellow SG Ball Cup
debutants the Newtown Jets in enjoying a dream start to the NSWRL
Junior Representative season after two rounds of action.

The
Jets were 44-22 winners over Western Suburbs at the weekend, continuing
their good early season form which saw them down the Bulldogs 20-16 in
the opening round.

Meanwhile, the Gold Coast Titans have notched
their maiden victory in the Harold Matthews Cup (Under-16) competition
by smashing St George 38-8 in Tugun.

NSWRL Academy's Coaching and Development Manager Martin Meredith said the upsets were great news for the competitions.

"Melbourne's
great form in their first season of SG Ball Cup competition is an
example of Rugby League's ability to build and strengthen its playing
base outside of traditional breeding grounds of NSW and Queensland,"
Meredith said.

"Similarly, the Gold Coast Titans Harold Matthews
Cup side are competing in the competition for the first time and have
hit the ground running.

"It all bodes well for Rugby League
because the stronger these competitions are now, the stronger our elite
senior competitions like the NRL will be in years to come."

The
Storm SG Ball Cup team will look to continue their giant-killing run
this weekend when they travel to the Gold Coast to take on the Titans
in Round 3 of the NSWRL Junior Representative season.

ROUND 2 HAROLD MATTHEWS
Manly 18 v Central Coast 16
Newcastle 24 v Cronulla 4
Gold Coast 38 v St George 8
Balmain 22 v South Sydney 14
Illawarra 22 V Western Sydney Academy 12
Canberra 46 v South West Sydney Academy 6
Bulldogs 62 V North Sydney 8
Parramatta 28 v Penrith 6
Western Suburbs 38 v ESJJL 26

ROUND 2 SG BALL
Manly 26 v Central Coast 12
Cronulla 32 v Newcastle 24
St George 40 v Gold Coast 26
Balmain 30 v South Sydney 16
Illawarra 24 v Western Sydney Academy 16
Melbourne 32 v Canberra 22
Bulldogs 62 V North Sydney 10
Parramatta 30 v Penrith 0
Newtown 44 v Western Suburbs 22 - Read More, Here