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[h=1]Match Preview: NYC v Eels[/h]

Wednesday 13 March 2013 11:10 AM
The Bulldogs Holden Cup side will come up against the Parramatta Eels in their round two clash at ANZ Stadium on Thursday.
Both sides were first up winners and will be looking to continue their winning ways early in the season. Both were dominant over their opposition with the Bulldogs recording a 40-20 victory over the Cowboys whilst the Eels accounted for the Warriors 46-8 at Parramatta Stadium.
Coach Andy Patmore said the squad were happy with their performance but as always, there are things they can work on.
“I thought some of our attack was fantastic, the boys prepared really well,” he said. “We executed some things but lacked a bit in defence.
“We let in a few soft tries which we have looked at.
“I thought Herman Ese’ese was outstanding in his first NYC game. With both Leilani Latu and Lloyd Perrett out of the side he really stood up, took the ball forward hard and defended well.
“The short turnaround is tough but they have the same amount of time so we’ve worked on what we can, juggled and used the time wisely and ensured we’re constantly moving forward. We’ve worked hard tonight and we’ll be good to go.”
This week though the task will be much harder when they take on the Eels who had a rough season in 2012 but have come into 2013 firing with that dominant performance.
“They had a big win over the Warriors and scored some good attacking tries. They’ll be a big challenge and will be on a high, especially after beating the Warriors who have been a benchmark in the past.
“We came through injury free and it was only Patrick Templeman that had a niggle but he’ll be fine. The boys are all excited about playing on ANZ Stadium as some of them haven’t experienced that yet.”
2012 results against the Eels:
Round 9: 58-22 victory at ANZ Stadium
Round 19: 26-18 victory at ANZ Stadium 


[h=1]Big shuffle for Vodafone Junior Warriors[/h] Richard Becht

Wednesday 13 March 2013 2:21 AM
Schoolboy rugby union star Abraham Papalii (pictured) is set to make his NYC debut in the Vodafone Junior Warriors' match against the Sydney Roosters at Eden Park on Saturday night. Photo: Photosport.
A remodelled Vodafone Junior Warriors side will take on the Sydney Roosters in Saturday night’s second-round NYC match at Eden Park (5.15pm kick-off).
Playing the curtain-raiser to the NRL team’s ED3N – RISE WITH US contest, the Vodafone Junior Warriors could feature five players making their NYC debuts and another four making just their second appearances after being initiated in last weekend’s unexpected 8-46 loss to Parramatta.
The newcomers in the starting line-up are Lafu Feagaiga in the centres and Vince Afoa in the front row while dynamic ex-rugby union schoolboy star Abraham Papalii, back rower Stedman Lefau and winger Esera Esera are on a six-man bench.
There are also combination changes. Second-year Vodafone Junior Warrior Ngataua Hukatai is at fullback after starting in the centres against the Eels while Tuimoala Lolohea, who wore the No 1 jersey last week, will start on the wing and David Fusitua is in the centres after starting on the wing against Parramatta.
The starting front rowers have changed with Afoa joined by Sam Lisone (used off the bench at Parramatta Stadium) and Eric Newbigging moving up from the bench.
The four players who appeared last week but are not being used against the Roosters are Sione Feao, props James Taylor and Tama Koopu and second rower Kouma Samson.
“We had a disappointing day against the Eels but at this stage of the season it’s also important to have a look at different players in the squad to ensure they have an early experience of the competition,” said Vodafone Junior Warriors head coach John Ackland.
“We also need to try some players in other roles so we have a sense of their ability to cover other positions.”
The Vodafone Junior Warriors go into Saturday’s encounter knowing they won the first two home games the club took to Eden Park, beating Parramatta 20-16 in 2011 and Manly 30-16 last year.
In the Roosters they face a side coming off a 26-24 win against South Sydney.
There were no redeeming features in the Vodafone Junior Warriors’ performance last week, aside from captain David Bhana’s heroic defensive effort in making a mammoth 52 tackles. He has started the new campaign where he finished in 2012 as the competition’s top tackler.
When they last met, the Roosters knocked the Vodafone Junior Warriors out of the finals last September. 


[h=1]NYC match preview: Cowboys v Storm[/h]

Tuesday 12 March 2013 10:25 PM
North Queensland Toyota Cowboys NYC: 1. Zac Santo 2. Zac Mackay 3. Javid Bowen 4. Samsen O’Neill 5. Brady Williams 6. Alex Grant 7. Sam Foster 8. Patrick Kaufusi 9. Jayden Hodges 10. Damon Tauroa-Rauhihi 11. Jack Kelleher 12. Jack Svendsen (c) 13. Andrew Niemoeller. Interchange: 14. Jorden White 15. Jack Rycen 16. Corey Jensen 17. PJ Webb.
Storm NYC: 1. Kurt Mann 2. Dane Chang 3. Niua Finau Puaka 4. Una Mohi 5. Michael Butson 6. Corey McGrady 7. Billy Brittain 8. Rhys Kennedy 9. Alex Langbridge 10. Matthew Lodge 11. Cade Umaga 12. Dean Britt 13. Pride Petterson-Robati. Interchange: 14. Herschel Gideon 15. Steve Liki 16. Aleki Falepaini 17. Christian Welch 18. Brenden Treston 19. Tremaine Jensen 20. Francis Tualau.
• Played: 9 – Cowboys 4, Storm 4 (1 draw)
• Head-to-head at 1300SMILES STADIUM: Cowboys 3, Storm 2
• Last game: Storm 32 d Cowboys 16 (AAMI Park - Rd 19, 2013)
• Biggest head-to-head wins: Cowboys 36 d Storm 12 (1300SMILES Stadium - Rd 3, 2011); Storm 36 d Cowboys 18 (Dairy Farmers Stadium – Rd 7, 2008)
Date: 4.15pm (Qld time), Saturday 16 March 2013
Venue: 1300SMILES Stadium
Live updates:
Referee: Chris Butler
Touch judges: Chris Nitsopoulos, Shaun Isaac
Main game: 6.30pm (Qld time)
The defensive improvement Cowboys coach Todd Wilson wanted to see from his team in 2013 wasn’t on show in Gosford last Saturday night and he will be keen for a much better performance against the Storm.
The Bulldogs ran in eight tries against North Queensland in round one, including six in the first 51 minutes, with their backline having a big night, especially out wide.
The two Canterbury wingers combined for five tries as their inside men consistently managed to find too much space and the NQ wingers struggled to overpower their opposites.
There was no chief offender for the Cowboys on the missed tackle count with 12 of the 17 registering multiple misses.
Unfortunately for the under-20s, their leading defender from the weekend, Junior Kangaroo Chris Grevsmuhl, has been promoted to the Mackay Cutters’ Intrust Super Cup team this weekend, making their task of containing the Storm more difficult.
Jack Kelleher will take Grevsmuhl’s position after an ankle injury prevented him from playing in the opener.
If you’re coming to the stadium, keep an eye on back-rower Andrew Niemoeller, who made an impressive NYC debut against the Dogs.
His high work rate is just what Wilson will be wanting from his teammates.
Joining him in running out at home for their first match in Cowboys colours are five-eighth Alex Grant and interchange forwards Jorden White and PJ Webb.
Don't forget that the match starts at the earlier time of 4.15pm. 


[h=1]NYC preview: Round 2 Raiders vs. Titans[/h]
Steven Russo I Robb Cox

Wednesday 13 March 2013 10:21 AM
The Canberra Raiders under 20s head to the Sunshine Strip in search of their first competition points of 2013 this Sunday when they take on the Gold Coast Titans at Skilled Park.
It wasn’t an ideal start to the season last week with the boys going down 40-16 against a red hot Panthers side at Centrebet Stadium.
The Raiders ultimately lost the game on the back of a disappointing first half in which they made a number of uncharacteristic errors in attack and defence which collectively enabled the Panthers to race out to a 28-4 lead at the break.
“I think a lot of our boys just had a nerve attack,” coach Mick Mantelli said. “We’re a young team and they (the Panthers) just railroaded us early.
“Penrith are a good team and they’ll definitely be challenging at the end (of the season).”
That said, the Green Machine was a lot more competitive during the second 40, scoring two consecutive tries through Tony Milford and showed enough to suggest that last week’s performance was just a small blip on the radar.
“We started to put some sets together during the second half and we looked alright, but the game had probably gone by then,” Mantelli said.
There have been a number of changes made to the side this week. Interestingly, Rick Garrard has been named to make his NYC debut on the bench. A versatile hooker/half Garard played especially well during the trials and can be quite a threat to opposition defences, particularly when he darts out of dummy half. Key forwards Scott Doyle and Jeremy Cropper also return this week after missing round 1 through injury.
Also, look out from a big game from new fullback Jack Creith. The Parkes Spacemen product put in an impressive performance on debut against the Panthers last week running the ball back well on the kick return and making a couple of good breaks including one that laid the foundation for Milford’s second try.
According Mantelli the main thing he’ll be looking for this week from his team is an improved defensive showing.
“We need to improve our middle defence,” he said “we need to be stronger there and more aggressive out of marker.”
Last week the Titans chalked up a good win last week against the Sharks, 29-16. Halfback Jamal Fogarty was a driving force behind the victory scoring 17 points through two tries, four goals and a field goal and the Raiders must shut him down if they’re to ensure victory.
The last time these two teams met was in round 19 last year. In that game the junior Raiders cruised to a 34-14 victory over the then last placed Titans at Canberra Stadium, however, a lot has changed since then and it’s unlikely that this weekend’s game will be as lopsided.
The game is scheduled to kick off 11:45am (AEDT) and will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS 1 and FOX SPORTS 1 HD. 


[h=1]NYC Preview: Cullen Moves To Halfback[/h] Trad McLean
Bronco Media

Thursday 14 March 2013 6:24 PM
CAMERON Cullen has been boosted into the halfback's role for the NRMA Insurance Broncos' under-20s game against the Dragons in Wollongong tomorrow night.
Cullen was dangerous at hooker last week as the Broncos scored four tries in the final 10 minutes to come from 28-12 down to a 30-28 victory.
However five-eighth Duncan Paia'aua is fighting a knee injury from the last match, forcing coach Craig Hodges to leave him on the bench.
Kodi Nikorima will wear the number six jersey.
Ajuma Adams is also out of the match, with Aaron Rockley promoted to the reserves list.
Coach Craig Hodges said he was pleased with last week's finish but wanted some more consistency against an unknown Dragons team.
"I did hold hope last week because I know what the under 20s can be like and I know we are fit," he said.
"We just went back to the way we were supposed to be playing.
"The Dragons are a bit of an unknown. They finished second last year but have lost a few players from that team."
1 Kurt Capewell
2 Paul Byrnes
3 Joseph Forrester
4 Tom Opacic
5 Jack Schaffer
6 Kodi Nikorima
7 Cameron Cullen
8 Francis Molo
9 Jayden Berrell
10 Stephen Coombe
11 Caleb Timu
12 Brett Greinke
13 Ben Garcia
14 Duncan Paia’aua
15 Travis Peeters
16 Jo Ofahengaue
18 Aaron Rockley
Coach Craig Hodges 


[h=1]NYC Preview: Early acid test for Todd Payten's team[/h]

Friday 15 March 2013 12:05 PM
Wests Tigers will face an early acid test when they tackle Penrith Panthers at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Sunday, March 17, in round 2 of the Holden Cup.
Both sides are coming off opening round wins. Penrith towelled up last year’s grand finalists Canberra 40-16 while Wests Tigers recorded a hard fought 22-12 away victory over Newcastle.
Wests Tigers Coach Todd Payten says he is looking forward to the challenge. Kick-off is 12.45pm.
“Penrith are a real top four contender this year. They have plenty of second year players in their line up,’’ Payten said.
“They trialled well and comprehensively beat last year’s grand finalists last weekend.
“Their forwards are fit and mobile with no real weakness and their halfback Sam Scarlett toyed with the Raiders.
“Captain Tony Satini was a real handful in the centres against us last year and looks a couple kilos heavier and a yard quicker this year.
“There is no doubt we’ll have to improve quite a bit if we are to compete and get the win on Sunday.” 


[h=1]NYC Preview - Rabbitohs vs Sharks - Round Two, 2013[/h]Holden Cup Preview

The Rabbitohs suffered a heartbreaking and controversial loss to the Roosters after the (non-existent) siren last week when it appeared that time was up. The siren sounded well after the clock ticked over giving the Roosters a last play which ultimately led to a Jack Noble try and the win.
Dylan Walker at five-eighth was outstanding. He ran the ball just five times but made eight tackle breaks, two line breaks, a line break assist, a try assist and scored two tries.
The effort of Luke Pollard at lock can’t be underestimated either. He made a game high 49 tackles at 100% efficiency.
Sides can react one of two obvious ways to a loss of that nature and expect coach Grant Jones to have his troops fired up for the Sharks.
The teams have met once already in a pre-season trial with both clubs leaving out key men. The Rabbitohs were victorious four tries to two but it’s unwise to use that as a guide to how this game will go.
Cronulla were dominant up forward last week but suffered a 29-16 loss to last year’s wooden spooners, the Titans.
In a real worry for the Sharks, their opponents only completed 59% of their sets and made 16 errors although Cronulla didn’t help their own cause missing a whopping 35 tackles.
The Rabbitohs forward pack was slightly outmuscled by the Roosters and they’ll be looking to rectify that this week.
They have one of the most potent backlines in the competition and any extra space their forwards can give them will spell danger for their opponents. 


Sea Eagles v Knights
Brookvale Oval, Sunday, 4.15pm

A nail-biting, heartbreaking loss to the Broncos last week will have the Sea Eagles focussed squarely on revenge and redemption as they host the Knights to kick off Brookvale Oval footy for 2013.

Leading 28-12 with only 15 minutes remaining, the Sea Eagles – as they did on so many occasions last year – somehow found a way to lose.

Star prop Jake Trbojevic was a standout for Manly, scoring a try as well as making 99 metres and 26 tackles.

Meanwhile Newcastle will be working on discipline and ball control and will need to better the 12 points they managed against Wests Tigers last week.

It’s hard seeing this one pan out any way other than a forwards’ clash. Based on indicators from last week and the fact this is being played at ‘fortress Brookvale’, Manly are developing as close to specials. 

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