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Round 10 of the NSWRL Premier League competition, and the upset of the round has to be the Eels loss to Norths.
We start of with the Friday night game between the Knights and Dragons. The Newcastle side would have liked to get three wins on the trot however the visitors put pay to that and came out the victors by 40 -18
Dragons 40 (W Naqama 2, D Howell, C Nero, M Head, D Bower, M Howell tries; W Naqama 6 goals) def Knights 18 (M Ennis, L Mercer, J Smith tries; T Bates 3 goals).
Saturday afternoon saw the St Marys/Penrith Cougars side had the Newtown Jets a right old fashioned thumping. Ahead by 34 - 4 at halftime, it looked like the Cougars were after a cricket score but to their credit, the Jets fought back to a more respectable full time score, 50 - 22.
Cougars 50 (S Turner 3, P Whatuira 2, F Pritchard 2, M Pow, S Elford tries; D Russell 7 goals) def Jets 22 (N Marles, T Phillips, L Hession, T Cakacaka tries; C Field 2, T Barnes goals).
The Sharks hosted the Wests Magpies side and put on a fine display in front of their home crowd.
Sharks 58 (D Tweddle 3, S Ross 2, J Kent 2, N Youngquest, S Wessell, A Dallalana, K Galloway tries; A Dallalana 6, N Youngquest goals) def Magpies 26 (T Clayton, C Levy, L Fulton, B Gibbs, L Clarke tries; L Clarke 2, L Fulton goals).
Well I picked the Parramatta side to soundly defeat the North Sydney side, but obviously I was way off the mark. In a very close encounter at Parramatta Stadium the home side went down to a fired up Norths side by 28 - 25. From being 1st equal on the ladder prior to last weekend, the Eels now slip down to 4th on the table.
Bears 28 (A Beattie 3, B Law, S Crotty tries; C Courtenay 4 goals) def Eels 25 (J Williams 2, J Robson, R Hinchcliffe, A Dykes tries; B Delaney 2 goals; A Dykes field goal).
The Bulldogs put on a fine display of football to leave Manly still languishing at the bottom of the table. The Bulldogs are now 2nd equal and looking quite strong.
Bulldogs 36 (T Polglase 2, A Brideson 2, D Neirinckx, B Oliver tries; J Thurston 3, J Holbrook 3 goals) def Sea Eagles 16 (M Creary 2, B Stewart tries; B Crabb, C Eadie goals).
As expected the battle between the Roosters and Balmain on Sunday was tough. Both teams were wanting the win, with the Roosters the final victors by a close 28 - 24.
Roosters 28 (A Lewis, D Shillington, I Henderson, H Veratau tries; J Williams 6 goals) def Tigers 24 (L Milton 3, D Halatau, tries; L Milton 4 goals).
A Raiders pack looking more like champions every week remain top of the table after their hard fought win over the visiting Souths side. Some fine tries from both sides had the crowd fired up before the main event, the NRL clash. A good win to the Raiders side who so far have only had the one loss in ten rounds.
Raiders 50 (R Jenson 3, M Chalk, J Evans, J Bulgarelli, D Porter, B Cross, A Rothery tries; M Gafa 7 goals) def Rabbitohs 26 (J Russo 2, W McKinnon, D Fa?alogo, B Siemsen tries; L Brannigan 3 goals).
Results at a glance:
Round 10 - June 13th - 15th.
Newcastle 18 - Dragons 40 Cougars 50 - Jets 22 Sharks 58 - Magpies 26 Eels 25 - Norths 28 Bulldogs 36 - Manly 16 Roosters 28 - Balmain 24 Raiders 50 - Souths 26