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NSWRL TV Previews | Son of a gun on show, Junior Reps Rd 6

The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup, Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership and Jersey Flegg Cup will make their long-awaited returns this weekend and NSWRL TV will provide you with the best seat in the house for all the action from the clash between Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles and North Sydney Bears which will feature young guns Joseph Suaalii and Sam Walker.

Suaalii had an impressive showing in the Bears trail match against the Raiders two weekends ago, scoring two tries and performing a try-saving tackle, while Walker, the 18-year-old son of former Broncos halfback Ben Walker, is also being talked up as a star of the future.

Walker was unable to play for the Sydney Roosters last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic but has been on a World Club Challenge tour and has been training with the top squad for some time.

Round Six of the Junior Representative season will feature a Saturday triple-header from Cessnock Sportsground on NSWRL TV, with the Newcastle Knights taking on Wests Tigers in the Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale Cup, and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in the UNE Harold Matthews Cup and UNE SG Ball Cup.

The weekend’s matches will also include the postponed clash between North Coast Bulldogs and Illawarra South Coast Dragons in the SLE Andrew Johns Cup and SLE Laurie Daley Cup and the Men’s and Women’s Open Age Country Championships.

Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale Cup, UNE Harold Matthews Cup, UNE SG Ball Cup

The live stream action begins at 11am on Saturday with Newcastle Knights hosting Wests Tigers in the Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale Cup. The Knights will then face Manly Warringah in the UNE Harold Matthews Cup at 12.30pm and the UNE SG Ball fixture from 2pm.

The Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale Cup clash sees a top-of-the-table encounter between ladder leaders Newcastle and the third-placed Tigers as both sides look for a win to further cement their place in the top four with finals approaching.

In the UNE Harold Matthews Cup, the undefeated Sea Eagles face their next challenge against the Knights who can move into the top four with a victory. The Knights also enter the clash boasting the most points scored (112) after six weeks of competition.

Manly Warringah’s UNE SG Ball Cup side have dropped to fifth position after a narrow Round Five loss to the in-form Bulldogs but will have plenty of backline firepower for their visit to Cessnock after the impressive returns of Tolu Koula and Kaeo Weekes.

Jersey Flegg Cup, The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup, Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership

NSWRL TV will live stream back-to-back senior matches from HE Laybutt Field on Sunday, beginning with Manly Warringah against Sydney Roosters at 10.45am in the Jersey Flegg Cup followed by Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles against North Sydney Bears at 1.10pm in The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup.

Sunday’s Jersey Flegg matchup features the competitive return of NSW Pathways representative and 2019 UNE SG Ball Cup grand finalist Ben Trbojevic, who starts at second row for the Sea Eagles. Ronald Volkman, who starred in the Roosters’ recent trial match against West Tigers, will be steering the visitors around the park in the halfback position.

North Sydney have named a stacked line-up for the NSW Cup clash against Blacktown, which includes Suaalli at centre, Walker and Drew Hutchison in the halves, Freddy Lussick at hooker, Egan Butcher and Fletcher Baker in the second-row and Max Bailey at lock.

The Sea Eagles will look to hooker Cade Cust to control the game on Sunday, along with captain and new recruit Brad Keighran who is paired with Alex Seve in the halves.

Christian Tuipulotu, who scored a try in his NRL debut for the Roosters against the Melbourne Storm in 2020, has been named at centre for Blacktown and Indigenous All Stars representative Zac Saddler will play at lock.

The first Monday night clash of the year will also be shown on NSWRL TV in the coming days as the Wentworthville Magpies line up against Mounties at 7pm from Ringrose Park.

Wentworthville can gain a heap of confidence to start the season in front of their home fans against a very strong Mounties outfit, who were touted as a potential 2021 premiership contender by NSW Women’s Origin head coach Kylie Hilder at last week’s season launch.