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The draw to be released about a week after the NRL draw. 
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Manly Sea Eagles Vs Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs
Brookvale Oval, Saturday, March 30
Kick-off: 3.00pm
Referee: Michael Laverty
Broadcast: www.nswrl.com.au’s NSWRL Match Centre Scoreboard

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1. Peta HIKU
2. Dom NASSO
3. Jacob GAGAN
4. Esi TONGA
5. Dean McGLINCHEY
6. Dane CHISHOLM
7. Jason SEAGE
8. James HASSON
9. Liam HIGGINS
10. George ROSE
11. Michael CHEE KAM
12. Ben MUSOLINO
13. Nick SKINNER14. Kayne LAWTON
15. James CUNNINGHAM
16. Steve TAVITA
17. Ligi SAO
COACH: Luke WILLIAMSON

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1. Nathan Massey
2. Brett Lane
3. Tim Lafai
4. Ed Murphy
5. Daniel Abou-Sleiman
6. Joel Romelo
7. Trent Hodkinson
8. Junior Palau
9. Shane Pumipi
10. John Kite
11. Lachlan Burr
12. Harlan Alaalatoa
13. Paul Carter14. Steve Azzi
15. Josh Gill
16. Dean Janda
19. Gareth Shepherdson
COACH: Barry Ward

Cronulla Sharks Vs Newtown Jets
Sharks Stadium, Saturday, March 30
Kick-off: 3.10pm
Referee: Phil Henderson
Broadcast: LIVE on Fox Sports 1

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1. Ben Hampton
2. Alipate Ratini
3. Stewart Mills
4. Maurice Blair
5. Young Tonumaipea
6. Brett Finch
7. Chad Townsend
8. Tim Robinson
9. Pat Politoni
10. Jon Green
11. Kevin Proctor
12. Tupou Sopoaga
13. Tyrone Peachey14. Rodney Coates
15. Kirosome Auva’a
16. Tony Gigot
17. Junior Roqica
22. Daniel Moroko
25. Penani Manumalealii
COACH: Tony Herman

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1. Chris Taripo
2. Michael Oldfield
3. Ivan Penehe
4. Adam Henry
5. Paul Rokolati
6. Ben Jones
7. Ryley Jacks
8. Lama Tasi
9. Jack Bosden
10. Kane Evans
11. Andrew Pearn
12. Brad Barrett
13. Tinirau Arona14. Ahmad Ellaz
15. Usaia O'Sullivan
16. Josh Ailaomai
17. Saulala Houma
18. Nafe Seluini
20. Isaac Liu
COACH: Greg Matterson 
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Newcastle Knights Vs Mounties
Hunter Stadium, Sunday, March 31
Kick-off: 2.00pm
Referee: Lawrence McDonell

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1. Kevin Naiqama
2. Josh Mantellato
3. Peter Mata’utia
4. Will Smith
5. Dale Clacherty
6. Tyler Randell
19. Adrian Davis
24. Dylan Smith
9. Chris Adams
10. Mitchell Frei
11. Zane Tetevano
12. Marvin Filipo
13. Matt Hilder14. Chad Redman
16. Kailem Perkins
18. Brenton Horwood
21. Ben Tupou
30. Toka Likiliki
COACH: Rick Stone

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1. Haydon Hodge
2. Dimitri Pelo
3. Sami Sauiluma
4. Edrick Lee
5. Matthew Allwood
6. Mitchell Cronin
7. Mitch Cornish
8. Paul Vaughan
9. Michael Picker
10. Sam Mataora
11. Jarrad Kennedy
12. Jake Foster
13. Mark Nicholls14. Scott Jones
15. Lancen Joudo
16. Shannon Boyd
17. Shane Shackleton
18. Pat Galea
20. Reece Goldsmith
21. Clay Priest
COACH: Steve Antonelli

Auckland Vulcans Vs Windsor Wolves
Mt Smart Stadium, Monday, April 1
Kick-off: 1.30pm (NZST)
Referee: Jamal Thompson
Broadcast: LIVE on Sky Sports NZ
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of Hawkesbury Radio 89.9FM (Link available via www.hawkesburyradio.com.au or on the www.nswrl.com.au Broadcast page)

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1. Zoram Watene
2. Esera Esera
3. Siosiua Taukeiaho
4. Atelea Nafetalai
5. Tangi Ropati
6. Steve Waetford
7. Harry Siejka
8. Suaia Matagi
9. Siliva Havili
10. Daniel Palavi
11. John Palavi
12. Agnatius Paasi
13. Murray Iti14. Aaron Nootai
15. Nathaniel Peteru
16. Patrick Sipley
17. Herman Retzlaff
18. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak
COACH: Willie Swann 
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1. MATT MOYLAN
2. TRAVIS ROBINSON
3. GEOFF DANIELA
4. TOM EISENHUTH
5. ALAN EISENHUTH
6. BLAKE AUSTIN
7. ISAAC JOHN
8. SAM ANDERSON
9. KRYS FREEMAN
10. DAYNE WESTON
11. VAIPUNA TIA KILIFI
12. ANTHONY CHERRINGTON
13. ETHAN COOK14. JOSH TANGITAU
15. JAKE SHEARER
16. SAM HOLLIS
17. DANNY GALEA
18. NEECROM AREAIITI
COACH: GUY MISSIO
Wyong Roos have the BYE
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VB NSW CUP PREVIEWS - ROUND FOUR
NSWRL Media


28/03/2013 1:00:00 PM

Illawarra Cutters Vs North Sydney Bears
WIN Stadium, Saturday, March 30
Kick-off: 3.00pm
Referee: Jon Stone
Summary: The Illawarra Cutters are still searching for their maiden win in 2013 and should be all wound up against a visiting Bears outfit that already has some tipping them as Premiership favourites. A professional 24-12 victory against the Jets at Henson Park last weekend sees the Bears currently sitting in fifth place after three rounds. The Bears have been fielding teams with plenty of grunt in the engine room and speed to burn where it counts during the opening few rounds. The likes of Keary, Koroisau and Hunt have been brilliant in wreaking havoc up the middle third of the park while Starling, Burgess and Clark have been laying a wonderful platform to launch said attacking raids from. The Cutters need to quickly recapture the type of form that saw them charge into the Finals late last year, and a string of changes in key positions may help or hinder them in their search for win number one in 2013. Jack Twist gets his first start of the year while John Kennedy and Todd Ryan will form a new halves combination with Drinkwater still missing with a shoulder complaint. The Bears have some changes of their own with Josh Portlock and Dylan Walker replacing the injured Waddell and King in the centres.
Talking Point: Walker’s on – An interesting inclusion for the Bears this weekend is young Dylan Walker. Still eligible for NYC, Walker, a 2012 Australian Schoolboy, will be thrust into open age football this weekend when he takes his place in the centres for the Bears. Walker played for the Bunnies in the Charity Shield back in February and managed to get across the stripe on that occasion. At a pinch, Walker can also kick goals but we are sure that he will want to be focused on other issues come Saturday. Regardless of the outcome, it will be interesting to see how he goes against the likes of Green and Vaivai.
Prediction: Cutters will be desperate for the points but the Bears will definitely start deserved favourites. Bears by 8.

Wests Tigers Vs Wentworthville Magpies
Leichhardt Oval, Saturday, March 30
Kick-off: 3.00pm
Referee: Daniel Olford
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of Steele Sports Radio (Link available via www.steelesports.com.au or on the www.nswrl.com.au Broadcast page)
Summary: The Wests Tigers registered their first win of the season in convincing fashion last weekend with a 50-12 win against Manly while Wentworthville remained undefeated following a ten point win against the Bulldogs at Belmore. The Tigers have had no issue with scoring points in the opening few rounds with the likes of Tedesco and Naiyaravoro bagging multiple tries early on in the season. Defensively they were much better against Manly, particularly in the second half where they held the Sea Eagles scoreless. Wenty have their own threats out wide and the Tigers will need to be sweating on players such as Mullaney, MacKenzie, Blair and Radradra when they are deep in attack. The Tigers have lost Ben Murdoch-Masila for this one however his spot has been taken by Bodene Thompson, so they won’t lose very much there. The Magpies will field a near unchanged line up from the one that took to the field against the Bulldogs with the exception of the addition of Cheyse Blair in the centres. Should be a high quality contest and definitely worth the trip for those that are near the inner west.
Talking Point: The battle at the back – The clash between Jake Mullaney and James Tedesco is one that should have most of the fans in attendance at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday salivating. They are two of the fastest and brightest young players in their positions, and both players have already proven to be more than capable at the higher level of the game. In a match that looks fairly even on paper, don’t be surprised if one of these two decides it for their respective teams.
Prediction: The two best attacking teams after three rounds should ensure that there is plenty of entertainment on offer at Leichhardt Oval. Tigers by 4.

Manly Sea Eagles Vs Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs
Brookvale Oval, Saturday, March 30
Kick-off: 3.00pm
Referee: Michael Laverty
Broadcast: www.nswrl.com.au’s NSWRL Match Centre Scoreboard
Summary: After a promising first up win over the Vulcans, the Sea Eagles have lost two on the trot, and things won’t get much easier for them here as a Bulldogs side who have also only posted the one win thus far themselves, head over the bridge on Saturday. The Sea Eagles were comprehensively outclassed in the second half last weekend by the Tigers while the Dogs were unable to overcome a slow start against Wentworthville. The Bulldogs have named a largely unchanged side from last week although there is some chance the likes of Drury Low and Tim Browne may be late inclusions if their services are not required at ANZ Stadium on Friday night. Luke Williamson has reshuffled his side somewhat with Hiku back at fullback this round and McGlinchey shifting out onto the wing while Lawton and Cunningham move back to the bench and there places are taken in the run on team by Higgins and Hasson respectively. The Sea Eagles will be keen to win as many games as possible at Brookvale Oval this season, because in past years, wins have been at a premium away from the northern beaches.
Talking Point: Pow Pow Palau – While Belmore cult figure Marty ‘Kapow’ Tapau is currently spending a well deserved stint in the top grade covering for James Graham and Sam Kasiano, the Belmore faithful have found another burly front rower to get behind in Junior ‘Pow Pow’ Palau. This former Manly man hasn't looked out of place since arriving at Canterbury in the off season and seeing as though this will be his first hit out against his former club, we are tipping that he will have a big one.
Prediction: A Dogs win seems the logical tip but you can expect Manly to be better than they were last week. Dogs by 10.

Cronulla Sharks Vs Newtown Jets
Sharks Stadium, Saturday, March 30
Kick-off: 3.10pm
Referee: Phil Henderson
Broadcast: LIVE on Fox Sports 1
Summary: The top of the table Cronulla Sharks will need to be at their best here as a desperate Newtown Jets team makes the trip south to Sharks Stadium on Saturday. The Jets hung with the Bears for around 70 minutes last weekend before finally yielding late in the match. Perhaps the biggest concern for the Jets coaching staff was their inability to cross the try line in any other fashion than the cross field kick. While it was used to great effect on three separate occasions, it would have definitely been noted by opposition coaches and the Jets can expect other teams to be training with an aim to blunt the effectiveness of this ploy in the future. Ben Jones has been named to return to the Jets line up following a week on the sidelines. He will be joined by Adam Henry and Ivan Penehe who look set to add some punch to the centres with Michael Oldfield shifting back to his more favourable wing position. The Sharks continue to field a strong side with the assistance of their Melbourne Storm relationship, and as a result the punters who make it down to Sharks Stadium prior to the NRL match will get to see players such as Stewart Mills, Maurice Blair, Brett Finch, Chad Townsend, Tim Robinson, Jon Green, Kevin Proctor and Tyrone Peachey all line up for the home side.
Talking Point: Grab your lunchbox, it’s time to go to work – We are tipping that there will be nowhere to hide for the first 20 minutes of this one with a fired up Jets pack looking for a big start to this one. The likes of Tasi, Evans, Pearn and Arona will be all fired up in the early exchanges and with the Sharks engine room of Robinson, Green, Proctor and Sopoaga not looking to shabby either, we reckon there will be some good old fashioned fire and brimstone style stuff early on at Sharks Stadium.
Prediction: Hard to tip anything other than a Sharks victory on exposed form. Sharks by 7.

Newcastle Knights Vs Mounties
Hunter Stadium, Sunday, March 31
Kick-off: 2.00pm
Referee: Lawrence McDonell
Summary: Rick Stone and his Knights team came out of an early season bye as they exploded out of the blocks last weekend against the Vulcans, leading 20-nil at halftime. The return to form would have been pleasing for Stone because his side’s second half against Wyong a fortnight before was far from impressive with their roster. Mounties will be looking to get back into the winner’s circle after two losses to both the undefeated sides in the competition in Cronulla and Wentworthville. Steve Antonelli will be craving some consistency in his team line up after recent dramas at the Raiders have played havoc on his team each week. Edrick Lee is named to play his second game for Mounties this weekend after being swapped for Blake Ferguson late last Friday afternoon. Eyes will soon turn to the Mounties/Raiders partnership as Terry Campese makes his long awaited return to Rugby League, because the simple matter of fact is that three halves don’t go into two positions. With the Knights brimming with NRL calibre talent, we thought we should point out some of the up and comers in their squad. Make sure you keep your eyes on Will Smith and Dale Clacherty. Two young backs with plenty of promise and they should be watched with caution by Mounties this weekend.
Talking Point: Triple Header – Many a traditionalists always reminisce about the ‘old days’ when you could get to the ground early and watch all three grades go around... Well guess what? The good old days are back. In fact there are around 30 opportunities to do so in 2013 which is a significant increase on numbers over the past few seasons, and hopefully the great League loving public of Newcastle and the Hunter will take advantage of that opportunity this Easter Sunday and get to Hunter Stadium early enough to cheer on the VB NSW Cup guys.
Prediction: The Knights will be fired up for a rare appearance at Hunter Stadium and should put on a show for their home faithful. Knights by 12.

Auckland Vulcans Vs Windsor Wolves
Mt Smart Stadium, Monday, April 1
Kick-off: 1.30pm (NZST)
Referee: Jamal Thompson
Broadcast: LIVE on Sky Sports NZ and Fox Sports 1
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of Hawkesbury Radio 89.9FM (Link available via www.hawkesburyradio.com.au or on the www.nswrl.com.au Broadcast page)
Summary: In terrific news for Windsor Wolves and Australian-based Auckland Vulcans fans, this game will be shown LIVE on Easter Monday on Fox Sports One at 11.30am. The Vulcans profile has grown significantly since they made the VB NSW Cup Grand Final in 2011 and increased TV coverage courtesy of Sky Sports NZ and Fox Sports in Australia is going to improve on that in years to come. The Vulcans welcome back Harry Siejka after he sat out last weekend with a head knock. Willie Swann’s men missed the representative halfback against the Knights and failed to post any points in the first half. Windsor continues to press their claim as premiership contenders after they beat a spirited Wyong Roos outfit at Morry Breen last Sunday. The Wolves have plenty of firepower across the park and a massive forward pack which will help them against a traditionally big Vulcans side. Geoff Daniela returns in the centres for Guy Missio with Vaipuna Tia-Kilifi replacing the recalled Cameron Ciraldo in the back-row with Anthony Cherrington and Ethan Cook. The Vulcans turn it on at home but Windsor certainly has the team on paper to bring two points back across the Tasman.
Talking Point: Role reversal – An interesting side note to this clash is the battle between the two number sevens, not so much the influence that both will ultimately have on the outcome, but the path that they have tread to get here. Less than two years ago Isaac John led the Vulcans to within a whisker of the 2011 VB NSW Cup title. He has now found himself filling the Windsor Wolves number seven jersey that for large parts of that year (2011) was filled by... yes you guessed it, Harry Siejka. Both of these sevens have obviously moved on looking for greener pastures, and we guess only time will tell if that actually turns out to be the case for both of these talented young men.
Prediction: The Vulcans at home are always a tough prospect for visiting sides however the Wolves have enough talent to claim the win. Wolves by 8.
Wyong Roos have the BYE
You can stay across all of the VB NSW Cup scores right throughout the weekend by following us on twitter https://twitter.com/NSWRL @NSWRL or you can join in the conversation by using the #VBNSWCUP hashtag. 
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Vulcans set to be beamed into lounge rooms in Oz and across the Tasman

Adam Kidd


29/03/2013 11:00:00 AM


The Easter Bunny has delivered a wonderful treat to VB NSW Cup fans with two Round Four matches to be shown live on Fox Sports 1 in Australia and also on Sky Sports New Zealand this Easter long weekend.

Viewers will be able to see the clash between the Cronulla Sharks and Newtown Jets on Saturday at 3pm, followed by the Auckland Vulcans and Windsor Wolves shown live at 11.30am AEST (1.30pm NZST) on Fox Sports Australia and Sky Sports New Zealand on Easter Monday.

In a further boost to the burgeoning profile of the VB NSW Cup for season 2013, an agreement between Fox Sports Australia and Sky Sports New Zealand will now see VB NSW Cup matches broadcast live into New Zealand each weekend, as well as6 triple headers featuring the Auckland Vulcans and New Zealand Warriors NRL and NYC sides shown live in New Zealand throughout the season.

Steve Brewster, General Manager of the Auckland Vulcans, told NSWRL Media the agreement was certain to boost the profile of the VB NSW Cup in New Zealand.

“It’s great, it certainly adds to the coverage we already receive over here in New Zealand with Sky Sports and it’s great for fans of the game,” said Brewster.

“We’ve also got six triple-headers here this year and they’ll all be televised live in New Zealand so it’s brilliant for players, sponsors, fans and families.”
The Vulcans, who have taken a proactive approach towards coverage of their games via live streaming, with their Round Two clash with Premiers Newtown shown across the Tasman, believe this could be a solution for all clubs to receive the benefits that live coverage provides.
“It’s a costly business to stream live, but we were lucky the Jets came on board with our service provider which lowered the costs for everyone… and it was a fantastic result.

“If we could get that type of commitment from the other teams then sponsors in Australia would receive exposure to a larger audience via the live stream… it’s a great medium and a win for both parties.”
The Vulcans will be looking to make it two wins from as many games at Mt Smart Stadium this season when they face a very talented Windsor Wolves side on Easter Monday.

Click here to read the match previews for Round Four of the VB NSW Cup

Click here to view the competition ladder after three rounds of the VB NSW Cup
Click here to view the team lists for Round Four of the VB NSW Cup
Click here to view the Auckland Vulcans club page on the NSWRL website 
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Cronulla NSW cup team today boasting names such as Nathan Gardner, Brett Finch, Stewart Mills, Maurice Blair and Sisa Waqa. 
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After 20 minutes manly up 12-0 vs Bulldogs 
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https://twitter.com/NthSydneyBears NthSydneyBears 6 vs https://twitter.com/NSWCUP_Cutters Cutters 0 | 18 mins

18th min: Junior Moors scores after a Jets kick out on the full gifted the Sharks field position. Townsend converts. 6 al 
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[h=5]halftime at WIN Stadium the boys are down 18-6. Two of the Bears tries were intercepts and a great try to our skipper Michael Lett on halftime[/h] 
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WIN Stadium as in Dragons Home Venue or is there another WIN Stadium around. 
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yes the one down in the gong 
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Souths have great depth this year

https://twitter.com/NthSydneyBears NthSydneyBears 42 def. https://twitter.com/NSWCUP_Cutters @NSWCUP_Cutters 12 
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manly defeated bulldogs 36-12 
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Congrats to Wyong Roos for getting thier first ever NSW Cup competition points!!! 
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The bye ? 
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Yeah, I was going to add a wink emoticon but my computer froze. 
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your team are not going well :lol: 
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Wenty got dudded against the Tigers today.
Ref handed it to the home team. 
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Wyong were never expected to jump right in and kill it, the first season was always going to be a tough one as its a huge step up in class. My biggest fear was getting flogged by 50 each week but they've shown in the first 3 rounds that we are definitely no pushovers so I'm proud of 'em. 
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How so?. 
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just teasin ;)

Yeah first years are tough

does Wyong still have a team in Newscastle comp? 
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Dunno.
Just going by the biased reports from Wenty fans who were at the game. 
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[QUOTE=Marcus1979;1503751]just teasin ;)

Yeah first years are tough

No. Wyong had a falling out with the Newcastle Comp over Salary Cap restrictions. This facilitated the push to get a NSW Cup team which was successful and Wyong also severed ties with the Newcastle comp and moved back to C/Coast again.

We have the NSW Cup team and we have teams now in the C/Coast comp in 1st grade, Reserves, Opens, U/18's & U/17's. 
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who scored for manly in the 36 - 12 win 
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Manly try scorers

Tries: D McGlinchey 2, D Nasso, B Musilino, J Seage, J Gagan, J Sene-Lefao

http://www.nswrl.com.au/default.aspx?s=nswc-summary-results 
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VB NSW CUP PREVIEWS - ROUND FIVE
Jamie Anderson
NSWRL Media
4/04/2013 2:00:00 PM

Windsor Wolves Vs Illawarra Cutters
Windsor Sports Complex, Saturday, April 6
Kick-off: 6.00pm
Referee: Brett Suttor
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of Hawkesbury Radio 89.9FM (Link available via www.hawkesburyradio.com.au or on the www.nswrl.com.au Broadcast page)

Summary: The Windsor Wolves are one of three sides that remain unbeaten in 2013 and they would be hopeful of extending that run here as they face a winless Cutters team in what will be their first home match of the season. The Wolves three matches so far has seen them play at Campbelltown, the Central Coast and Auckland, so the chance to play at home in front of a parochial crowd is a nice luxury that Coach Guy Missio and his troops will unquestionably be looking forward to. The Cutters will be desperate to get their season up and running with a victory however a daunting trip out west to face the wolf pack could probably not have come at a worse time for Coach Paul McGregor and his men. Getting over the line has been a big issue for the Cutters early on in the season as they have averaged just 12 points per game while on the flipside, Windsor have averaged nearly 36. In some good news for the Cutters, both Nathan Waters and Josh Drinkwater have been named to return from injury here and will be a welcomed addition. While for the Wolves, Nabuli, Walsh, Tangitau, Smith and Masoe all come into the side while Blake Austin’s early season form has been rewarded with an NRL call up.

Talking Point: Run, Run, Run – With Luke Walsh set to make his first appearance for Windsor since signing on with the Panthers way back in 2009, he is certain to be the centre of attention out at the Windsor Sports Complex on Saturday night. In one of his weekly columns in the Fairfax media during the week, Panthers supremo Phil ‘Gus’ Gould made it abundantly clear what Ivan Cleary and the Panthers are looking for Walsh to do during his time with the Wolves... Run, Run, Run! Everybody knows what a great kicking game Walsh has but he needs to test the line more with the ball in hand and what better opportunity to do so than against a Cutters defence that has yielded around 33 points a game so far in 2013.

Prediction: Extremely tough to tip against the Wolves. Wolves by 12.

Auckland Vulcans Vs North Sydney Bears
Mt Smart Stadium, Sunday, April 7
Kick-off: 12.00pm (NZST)
Referee: Daniel Caddy
Broadcast: LIVE on Sky Sports NZ (12pm NZST) and Fox Sports 1 (10am AEDT)

Summary: The Auckland Vulcans played out an enthralling 24 all draw with the Wolves at Mt Smart on Easter Monday while the North Sydney Bears brushed aside the Cutters down in Wollongong 42-12. The Vulcans have always shown that they are a 6-12 point better side at home and they will be hopeful that that is the case again here because the Bears have already shown that they will be a major player come the finals. The Auckland forward pack was outstanding last week against the Wolves with the likes of Matagi and Palavi leading from the front and they will need to be good once again as they take on a Bears pack led by the likes of Burgess and Starling. Young Dylan Walker was a standout on debut for the Bears last weekend and he has retained his place in the team while Hunt, Clark and Crocker have all been named on an extended bench for Souths against the Warriors but are still a good chance of playing here if not required in the higher grade. The Vulcans may also get some late reinforcements with the Warriors also naming a seven man bench NRL bench.

Talking Point: Not at the table Carlos – Carlos Tuimavave is a prodigious rugby talent who has accomplished plenty in his career already. A former Junior Kiwi, Tuimavave helped lead the all conquering Warriors NYC team to back to back titles in 2010 & 2011 and was rewarded with a handful of NRL appearances last year. However the return of Thomas Leuluai over the off season as well as the arrival of Harry Siejka and the development of players such as Godinet means that Tuimavave must now shine in the VB NSW Cup and show Matthew Elliott that he is deserving of a regular first grade spot. One thing in his advantage is his flexibility as a player with the ability to play in most backline positions equally well. 2013 shapes as a career defining year for Tuimavave and we will all be watching on with interest.

Prediction: The Vulcans are a far better side at home than away and an upset may be on the cards here. Vulcans by 4.

Wyong Roos Vs Cronulla Sharks
Morry Breen Oval, Sunday, April 7
Kick-off: 3.00pm
Referee: Daniel Olford

Summary: The top of the table Cronulla Sharks make the trip up the F3 this Sunday looking to make it five wins from as many starts as they take on a Wyong side that should be refreshed following their bye last weekend. The Sharks trailed the Jets at home last Saturday for large periods however the likes of Finch and Townsend guided them to a great win in the end 32-24. The Sharks will be without the services of Townsend for this one as he has been called up to the NRL to replace an injured Todd Carney. His place will be taken by young Penani Manumalealii and the Sharks will also have the services of Matthew Wright who has swapped places with Stewart Mills who like Townsend, has also been given a shot in the top grade. For the Roos, Matt Nelson has forced his way into the starting side after one week off the bench back in Round Three. Matt will join his brother Grant in the backline, and the two will be hoping to lay on plenty of tries for Wyong, just as they have done for the Entrance Tigers over the years. It looms as a massive day at Morry Breen with games kicking off in the local competitions from 9am and culminating at 3pm with this VB NSW Cup clash.

Talking Point: Morry Breen... Morry with a ‘Y’ – Let’s get this cleared up and on the record once and for all. We don’t care what ‘Google’ tells you or the local council website says the ground that is the home to the Wyong Roos, is called ‘Morry Breen’ not ‘Morrie’ or Morree’ but ‘MORRY’. The ground is named after a local larger than life resident, called, yep you guessed it, Morry Breen! Morry is still with us, he lives about five minutes from the ground and actually has recently just had a book written in his honour called ‘Morry Breen – A passionate life’. What this man means to the football club and the community in general is too much to tell in this small preview, but one thing we can all now take from this is the fact that Morry probably knows better than most how to spell his own name, and we can assure you all, he spells it with a ‘Y’!

Prediction: The Sharks will have to work hard to earn the points, but should do so in the end. Sharks by 14.

http://www.nswrl.com.au/default.aspx?s=article-display&id=71491&title=vb-nsw-cup-previews---round-five 

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