SG Ball Preview - Round Three
A cracking round of SG Ball Cup action last weekend with plenty of points on offer for the fans that made it out to the games.
A 36-36 draw between the Panthers and Bulldogs was perhaps the highlight of the round however the Centurions 38-32 comeback win over the Raiders had to be seen to be believed.
The Roosters showed no mercy to a developing Bears side as they ran in 72 points while the Bunnies, Storm and Magpies all posted plenty of points during their respective wins.
Looking ahead to Round Three and there are a few matches that jump off the draw at you, none more so than the fixture between the Magpies and the Roosters.
Much like their Harold Matthews counterparts, the Magpies and Roosters SG Ball sides remain unbeaten after two rounds of competition and currently occupy the top two spots on the ladder.
The Magpies posted a solid 28-14 away win over the Knights in Round One before a clinical display at home last weekend saw them account for Manly 44-4.
The Roosters came home from Victoria in Round One with a 42-34 win against the Storm before outclassing the Bears last weekend 72-4.
Roosters fullback, Latrell Mitchell, will need to be kept in check by the Magpies after he already has four tries to his name this season while for the Magpies, the likes of Mason Cerruto, Makaere Bush, Jett Karam and Veiru Mapesone all know how to find the try line.
Another intriguing clash in Round Three should be the one between Rabbitohs and the Storm.
The Storm pushed the Roosters all the way in Round One, scoring 34 points in the process, before heading to Perth in Round Two and reeling off another 50 points in a win over the Pirates.
South Sydney are two from two following wins against Manly and the Western Sydney Academy of Sport but will need to be on their toes defensively if they are to keep their unbeaten start to the season intact.
The NSWRL Media team will be at the Cessnock Sports Ground on Saturday afternoon to bring you all of the action from the fixtures involving the Newcastle Knights and Manly Sea Eagles.
Both of these sides will be desperate for their first win of the season following a slow start to their campaigns. A loss here may well see the finals a bridge too far while a win may just be what the doctor ordered.
For full coverage of this match as well as the Harold Matthews fixture from Cessnock Sports Ground, head to the NSWRL.com.au homepage from 1.15pm on Saturday and click on the ‘Match Centre’ article for full updates.
Other fixtures see the Pirates hosting an ever dangerous Panthers outfit at Charles Riley Reserve, North Beach while back on the eastern seaboard, the Eels will welcome the Dragons out at New Era Stadium.
Up on the Central Coast, the Centurions will be looking for back to back wins when the Bears make the trip up the M1 while back down in Sydney the Tigers and Bulldogs will go at it at TG Milner in a match that could go either way.
Last but not least, the Steelers will be out to maintain their unbeaten start to the year when the take on a Raiders side that will be looking to avenge their second half fade out last round while up the road at Remondis Stadium, the Sharks will take on the WSAS.
Once again the NSWRL twitter account @NSWRL will be providing halftime and fulltime match scores and you can follow the account by clicking here.