This ANZAC Day we're honoured to share this 2015 piece by Andrew Ferguson.
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Round 14 started off with an upset as cellar dwellers Newcastle travelled to Parramatta and upset the home team in a one point thriller. The result lifts Newcastle to 12th while Parramatta have been leapfrogged by Canterbury.
Knights 25 (T Lowrie 2, G Quinn, C Tyrie, B Wallace tries; B Wallace 2 goals; C Tyrie field goal) Defeated Eels 24 (P Richards 2, W Tonga, N Hollingsworth, A Boyd tries; R Prince 2 goals)
The next match of the round was a one sided affair with the Roosters walking away from Henson Park with a comprehensive victory. Lopini Paea has stared for the Roosters this year in first grade but it was his brother Lelea who was the star on the day for the Premier League side bagging himself a hatrick of tries.
Roosters 46 (Lelea Paea 3, A Mercer, S Skinnon, W Humphreys, S Mackay, J Cale, L Fatnowna, W Bishop tries; W Bishop 3 goals) Defeated Jets 6 (C West try; T Barnes goal)
South Sydney became the third successive team to win away for the Round when they bet St Marys-Penrith at the Penrith Football Stadium. Dumped from the first grade squad, Nathan Merritt and Wade McKinnon helped the premier league side by scoring 3 of their 7 tries with Merritt also kicking one goal.
Rabbitohs 30 (N Merritt 2, W McKinnon, K Henderson, D MacGillivary, M Meredith, J Storer tries; N Merritt goal) Defeated Cougars 14 (S Elford, S Ata, B Reynolds tries; D Russell goal)
At Leichhardt Oval it was Balmain?s goal kicking that separated two evenly matched sides. The loss proved costly for the Sharks as they fell three places to 10th on the table and saw Balmain move ahead of them.
Tigers 36 (L Bowman 2, C Heighington , B Carney, J Lima, J Nowland tries; L Milton 6 goals) Defeated Sharks 26 (D Simmons 2, P Gibson, S Ross, D Tangata-toa tries; N Youngquest 3 goals)
The goal kicking of Head kept the Dragons out of the contest with Canberra despite both sides scoring four tries a piece. The Raiders win see them move a further two points ahead of the rest at the top of the table.
Raiders 25 (J Van Dijk, R Jenson, J Evans, M Gafa tries; M Gafa 4 goals; J Van Dijk field goal) Defeated Dragons 18 (B Creagh 2, L Bennett, D Bower tries; M Head goal)
The Bulldogs were the only team that turned up to North Sydney Oval on Sunday. Canterbury were in destructive form as they slapped 50 points on the Bears with Lester and Hughes bagging a double each.
Bulldogs 50 (G Lester 2, S Hughes 2, T Polglase, B Oliver, R Maitua, B Morrin, A Brideson tries; J Holbrook 7 goals) Defeated Bears 12 (A Beattie, S Crotty tries; D Courtney 2 goals)
The Magpies brought up the second big score of the day when they put 46 points on Manly at Campbelltown Stadium. Peterson, Plum and Dalton all got involved in the try scoring action, each getting a double.
Magpies 46 (J Peterson 2, N Plum 2, D Dalton 2, C Greenshields, L Duffy tries; J Olzard 3, L Clarke 3, R Cashmere goals) Defeated Sea Eagles 12 (M Bostic, M Gill tries; S Kenna 2 goals)
Games at a glance:
Round 14, July 12th ? 13th Knights 25 - Eels 24 Roosters 46 ? Jets 6 Rabbitohs 30 ? Cougars 14 Tigers 36 ? Sharks 26 Raiders 25 ? Dragons 18 Bulldogs 50 ? Bears 12 Magpies 46 ? Sea Eagles 12