Norths v Wests

Bears overpower Magpies

April 21  2012

by Jodie Newell

Norths has easily accounted for Western Suburbs in Round 8 of the VB NSW Cup played at Henson Park, Newtown.

The match was part of a double header blockbuster during a weekend of no NRL matches due to the Anzac Test match being played in New Zealand.

Whilst the Bears were the obvious favourites to win the game, the cellar dwelling Magpies gave a brave showing for the first twenty minutes of the game. Magpie Aaron Sweeney led the defence in holding back a determined Norths attack. Rabbitoh star, Nathan Merrett threatened early, but was unable to break through.

It was only a matter of time before the Bears would score and it came with an excellent break away try from Justin Hunt. He failed at conversion leaving Norths 4-0.

Wests tried to move forward with Seffa Silafu threatening with a couple of solid hit-ups and good yardage. That good work from Wests was undone by two knock ons.

Norths took full advantage, with Nathan Merrett breaking free at the half way line and was too classy for the Magpies defence and scored. Again Justin Hunt failed in in the conversion. Bears 8-0.

Seemingly annoyed at missing two conversions Justin Hunt broke through the now shaky Wests defence for a try. This time he converted and Norths had a 14-0 lead.

These two quick tries seemed to break Wests resolve. They had worked hard for the first 20 minutes and seemed to have spent their fuel tickets. A slow play at the ball penalty illustrated this and the Bears were again in the try-zone with Bennett Leslie. Justin Hunt converted Bears now 20-0.

Wests nearly countered with a try, yet again poor ball security near the tryline denied any scoring chance.

Halftime couldn't have come soon enough for the tired Wests defence with the score 20-0.

The half had barely been underway before Luke Keary scored a try and Hunt converted taking the Bears lead to 26-0.

The next try typified the North Sydney attitude with Joey Matapuku beating off several Wests defenders and scored an excellent try.

Wests found themselves frustrated at how Norths were scoring easily and gave away a number of penalties. The frustration strangely spilled over to the Bears as well, with Luke Keary being sent off for an on-field indiscretion.

With a player down, the Bears gave away their first try for the day with David Fafita scoring a consolation try, he also converted taking Wests 6 to Norths 32

Being a man down didn't phase North Sydney, they continued their attacking style of play.

Greg Nichols was next to score.

Justin Hunt was the man of the moment scoring another try and making a hat trick of tries. Norths would go on top score more points. They ran out clear winners 52-6.

Bears coach Wayne Lambkin told NMGSports that he was pretty satisfied with his team’s work

“We set ourselves a goal of grinding out a win and be fairly disciplined in the way we did it.

“We came here to set a good standard for ourselves”.

Final score:  North Sydney Bears 52 defeated Western Suburbs Magpies 6

Tries Norths : J Hunt 3, B Leslie, J Matapuku, B McKinnon, G Nichols, N Merritt, L Keary

Tries Wests : D Fifita

Conversions Norths : J Hunt 8 

Conversions Wests : Fafita

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West Magpies Dean Parata in action against the North Sydney Bears

Nathan Merrett (second left) displayed his class for the North Sydney Bears against Wests