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globalrugbyleague - Tue, 01 Apr 2008 12:22:00 GMT
Wentworthville secured a spot in the top three after putting the Bulldogs down 33-18 at the Crest Stadium in round 3 of the NSW State Cup.

Fielding a line-up that included first grade stars such as Reni Maitua and Nick Kouparitsas, the Bulldogs scored opening points in a game for the first point this season care of a Gary Warburton try.

Ahead in the penalty 3-1, the visitors quickly hit back through Iwi Hauraki and took the lead right before the break when Mathew Raftery scored the first of his two tries for the day.

Up 10-6 at half-time, the Magpies dominated the second half four tries to two with halfback James Maloney adding a field goal in the 71st minute to clinch the victory.

Auckland scored their first win of the season in style after thumping Central Newcastle 44-18 at Henham Park.

Strong defence and an improved completion rate helped the Vulcans get out to a 22-6 half-time score and never look back.

Defending Wooden Spoon champions Western Suburbs climbed the competition ladder after defeating the Cronulla Cobras 32-20 at Cambelltown Stadium.

The Magpies (Western Suburbs not Wentworthville. It’s confusing I know) exhibited some enterprising backline play via winger Nick Taylor and led 14-6 at the break.

Cronulla scored two tries in the final five minutes to suggest they’re not far off from capturing victory number one.

Newcomers Central Coast picked up their second defeat of the season at the hands of Newtown who took out a 28-16 triumph at Morrie Breen Oval.

The Jets led 24-6 at half-time but only scored once in the second-half thanks to some poor discipline, impatience with the ball and too many penalties.

North Sydney got the better of the Windsor Wolves, running out 30-18 winners before a crowd of 1500 at Windsor Sporting complex.

Manly remain undefeated at home after taking care of Balmain Ryde-Eastwood 37-20 in front of 500 fans desperate to watch some football before the NRL main event.

After three rounds the Newtown Jets lead the competition ladder on for and against but will have their hands full fending off the likes of last year’s grand final runners up, North Sydney and eventual premiers, Wentworthville (merged with reigning premiers Parramatta).

State Cup Top Point scorers:

1.L Branighan (Jets): 2 tries, 18 goals, 0 FG = 44pts
2.L Walsh (Knights): 2 tries, 15 goals, 0 FG = 38 pts.
3.B Champion (Bears): 5 tries, 5 goals, 0 FG = 30

Top Try scorers:

1.Beau Champion (Bears) 5
2.Byron Ford (Newtown) 43.Mark Luland (Wentworthville) 3. - Read More, Here