All you need to know from Week Two of NSWRL's senior competitions.
Fiji make history in Ron Massey Cup, Sydney Shield opening weekend.
It was a historic beginning of the 2020 Ron Massey season as the Kaiviti Silktails, the first Fijian team to enter the NSWRL, faced the Windsor Wolves in Lautoka.
There was no shortage of entertainment for the home fans at Churchill Park as the Silktails crossed the line seven times for a resounding 40-16 victory in their competitive debut on Saturday.
The 2020 Sydney Shield also kicked off with four matches on Saturday. The Ryde Eastwood Hawks beat the Rams with a convincing 50-8 win while. the Hills Bulls edged out Sydney University 24-20 in a thriller.
Meanwhile, Guildford played a 20-all draw with Belrose and Wentworthville defeated Cabramatta 28-16.
Jersey Flegg Cup returns
The premier under-20s competition in the NSWRL was back underway on Saturday as the Newcastle Knights played host to the Sydney Roosters at Cessnock Sports Ground.
The Knights scored the sole try of opening half through Patrick Achurch in the 16th minute, but it was the Roosters who quickly found their form after the break.
Koby Rugless scored the tricolours’ first of the afternoon at the 47-minute mark, followed by tries to Tukupa-Ke Hau Tapuha, Coby Thomas, Benjamin Mau and centre Jack Mossman. Halfback Charlie Savala finished with 5/5 off the boot to see out the visitors’ 30-16 win.
Women’s Premiership kick-off
The 2020 instalment of the Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership has kicked off with Saturday’s double-header, featuring Mounties against the North Sydney Bears and Cabramatta at home to Wentworthville.
The opening fixture saw Mounties record a 26-0 victory over North Sydney, including a Keeley Davis brace with the first and last tries of the contest.
In the second Round 1 clash from New Era Stadium in Sydney, the Wentworthville Magpies were leading Cabramatta 6-4 after 18 minutes, before scoring a further seven unanswered tries in a comprehensive 38-point win.
Country Championships continue
Round 2 of the Country Championships has seen some dominant performances in the Men’s Under-23s and Women’s competitions, especially in the strong displays by the Northern Rivers Titans and the Newcastle Hunter Knights.
The Titans took on the North Coast Bulldogs in the Men’s Under-23s, managing to turn the tide against the visitors after conceding the opening try to run out 34-10 winners.
At Morry Breen Oval in the Women’s competition, the Newcastle Hunter Knights made a defensive statement to hold out the Central Coast Roosters in their 14-0 victory.