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NSWRL Premier League : Round 1
The first round of the NSWRL Premier grade saw some high scores being placed, showing the wealth of talent coming through the ranks.
The Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs Premier League side have kicked off their season in convincing fashion with a 44-16 victory over the Newcastle Knights. The Bulldogs bolted to a 22-0 lead after just twenty minutes and remained in control from there in.
The St Marys-Penrith Cougars defeated the Sydney Roosters 18-0 at Western Weekender Stadium on Saturday night and in doing so treated the crowd to an incredible display of defensive football. For the last quarter of the game, the Cougars hardly got more than 30 metres from their own line as they repelled attack after attack by the Roosters.
A hard fought win for the Parramatta Premier League side saw them come out victors over the visiting Canberra Radders by 30 - 16 at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday.
St George Illawarra?s side have signed an ominous warning to rival clubs with a 60 ? 6 thrashing of the Manly Sea Eagles in Round One action at WIN Stadium.
The Sydney Airport Jets salvaged a late 28-all draw with the Cronulla Sharks, in their opening round played at Henson Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Allight South Sydney Rabbitohs side has made a disastrous start to the NSWRL Premier League competition, going down 64-6 to the Western Suburbs Magpies.
Balmain started the 2003 competition in style by defeating the North Sydney Bears 36 points to 16. The Tigers were dominant in all areas of the game in the first half and went to the break leading 24 nil. A drop in intensity in the second half allowed the Bears to cross our line three times, but with the Tigers scoring two more of our own, the final result was never in doubt.
ROUND ONE - 11-13 April 2003:
Eels 30 - Raiders 16 - Parramatta Stadium. Knights 16 - Bulldogs 44 - Energy Australia Stadium. Dragons 60 - Sea Eagles 6 - WIN Stadium. Rabbitohs 6 - Magpies 64 - Aussie Stadium - Cougars v Roosters - Western Weekender Stadium. Jets 28 - Sharks 28 - Henson Park. Bears 16 - Tigers 36 - North Sydney Oval - TBA.