Second half comebacks, forwards scoring hat tricks and a top of the table clash. All that and more in this week’s Jersey Flegg wrap.
North Sydney 28 def. Wests Tigers 6
The Bears recorded their first win since Round 1 win after disposing of the Tigers at North Sydney Oval. The game was essentially sealed at half time, as North Sydney ran out to an 18-0 lead thanks to tries from Ethan Abou-Ghaida, Kell O’Brien and Tyrone Taukamo. Second half tries to O’Brien and Nicholas Mougios would seal the win for North Sydney. The Tigers pegged one back through Curtis Wilson but it was too little too late, as they slumped to their sixth straight defeat.
Manly 26 def. Warriors 6
A dominant first half performance saw Manly pick up their first win of the season over the Warriors in Auckland. Manly lead early through a Tevita Funa try before the Warriors replied with a try to centre Kayal Iro. From there it was all Sea Eagles, as they ran in 4 more first half tries, which included a double to five-eighth Luke Metcalf. The half time score of 26-6 would remain the same when the final whistle sounded, as Manly moved off the bottom of the ladder.
Sydney Roosters 42 def. St George Illawarrra 22
The Roosters had a half time deficit to overcome to defeat St George Illawarra and record their fourth straight win. The Dragons took a 16-8 lead into the break with first half tries to Sam McCann, Jackson Willis and Jason Gillard. Roosters lock Josh Curran opened the scoring in the second half to lead the fight back. It would be the first of his three tries, while centre Adam Pompey scored a double, as the Roosters ran in 5 second half tries.
Cronulla 30 def. Newcastle 24
It was a top of the table clash in Cessnock, with Cronulla fighting back to hand Newcastle their first loss of 2018. Leading 18-6, it looked like the Knights would score their sixth straight win, before a Sharks blitz after the break stunned the hosts. Cronulla ran in 5 tries to 5 different try scorers in the second half and now sit atop the Jersey Flegg ladder. Knights’ second rower Beau Fermor scored a hat trick in the loss, moving him to 7 tries for the aeason.
Mounties 32 def. Parramatta 30
Trailing by as much as 16 at one stage, Mounties fought back to defeat Parramatta and pick up their fifth straight win on Saturday afternoon. Leading 24-14 at half time, the Eels’ extended it early in the second thanks to a Dylan Brown try. Mounties then hit back with three tries, including a double to winger Tom McGrady, to level the scores at 30-all. McGrady then kicked a penalty goal late in the game to give his side a lead they would hold onto.
Canterbury 24 def. Penrith 4
The Bulldogs handed the Panthers their second straight loss with a dominant 20-point win in Penrith. The Panthers opened the scoring early through winger Mose Feilo before Canterbury hit back through tries to Tui Katoa and Nikau Williams to lead 10-4 at half time. The Bulldogs put the result beyond doubt in the second, holding out Penrith and adding three tries, including a second to Katoa. The win snapped Canterbury’s two-game losing streak.
|Top try scorers||Top point scorers|
|7 Josh Curran (Roosters)||68 Kurtis Dark (Knights)|
|7 Beau Fermor (Knights)||56 Dylan Brown (Eels)|
|5 Kayal Iro (Warriors)||50 Sean O’Sullivan (Roosters)|
|4 Ethan Abou-Ghaida (Bears)||47 Jackson Willis (Dragons)|
|4 Dylan Brown (Eels)||29 Braydon Trindall (Sharks)|
|4 Josh Cook (Bears)||28 Josh Curran (Roosters)|
|4 Matt Cooper (Knights)||28 Beau Fermor (Knights)|
|4 Shannon Harris (Panthers)||28 Luke Metcalf (Sea Eagles)|
|4 Tex Hoy (Knights)||26 Eiden Ackland (Warriors)|
|4 Justin Jones (Panthers)||26 Brendan O’Hagan (Mounties)|