The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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It was big highs and lows for the Flegg boys this week as they took on the Penrith Panthers. A great performance in the first began with captain Brad McLean barging over to score. The Bears gathered momentum by putting the pressure on and forcing many penalties in their favour. Great hits by Pio Rokomaqisa and Arnold Mano allowed Danny Chiha and Tim Woodbine to combine to get the ball out to Ryan Wilson to score in the corner. The half time score 10-4 to the Bears.
As the second half began the Bears dropped the intensity and were up against a high penalty count as the Panthers ran in three tries. But Norths hit back after gaining scrum advantage and Anthony Beare scored and Michael Mansour (pictured) made a superb conversion from the side line. Michael then intercepted the ball running 70 metres to score under the posts, his conversion locking the score at 22 all. However a harsh penalty in the last minute of the match after an apparent "strip" right in front of the Bears posts gave the Panthers the match. The final score 24-22.
Coach Gavin Catanach gave kudos to Pio Rokopaquisa, "It was his best game this year" Coach also praised the work of Arnold Mano and Michael Mansour had a great kicking game.
The Flegg team take on the Rabbitohs this Friday 24th of June at 5:30 p.m. at North Sydney Oval.