Harold Matthews Preview - Round Five
As of this weekend we will officially be halfway through the regular season.
Every match from here on in becomes all that more important, particularly for those sides that are fighting it out for a spot in the eight.
This was evident last weekend with a few really close matches as well as some high scoring affairs.
The Bulldogs posted a good win against the Bunnies by four points while the Central Coast managed to sneak home with a two point win against the Storm.
Front runners Penrith, Canberra and Balmain all posted wins to remain the only sides unbeaten after four rounds of the competition.
Perhaps the biggest news to come out of the round was the six try performance by the Knights Matt Cooper.
The Knights posted a 52-12 win over the Dragons at WIN Jubilee Oval and Cooper managed to cross the stripe on six occasions. To put his effort into perspective, last weekend, the Dragons, Sea Eagles, Sharks and Bears combined only managed to score six tries. It will be interesting to see how Matt backs it up this round.
Speaking of this round, as per usual there are some blockbuster clashes, with the fixture between the Panthers and Roosters at the top of the list.
The Panthers posted a 28-14 win over the Western Sydney Academy of Sport last weekend while the Roosters won by a similar margin against the Sharks.
Both of these sides are averaging around 30 points a game in attack but Penrith appear to have a slight edge defensively allowing less than eight points a game through four rounds.
Another clash that looks a close one on paper is the one between the Knights and Bulldogs at Belmore.
The Knights currently sit in fifth place on the ladder with three wins and a loss to show for their efforts and while the Bulldogs sit outside the top eight presently, their win against a good Bunnies side last weekend will see them confident of an upset here.
Other round five clashes see the Sea Eagles hosting the unbeaten Tigers at Brookvale while over at WIN Jubilee Oval the Dragons and Western Sydney Academy of Sport will both be looking for their second win of the season to keep their faint finals hopes alive.
The Central Coast Centurions will face the South West Sydney Academy of Sport up at Morry Breen in what is the first of three clashes on the day with the SG Ball fixture afterwards followed by the NSW Cup clash between the Wyong Roos and Penrith Panthers.
The Rabbitohs host the Steelers at Redfern Oval while down in Victoria the Storm and Bears will battle it out with both sides desperate for their first win.
Last but not least we will see the Magpies taking on the Sharks at Campbelltown and down in Canberra, the Raiders host the Eels.
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