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Round 14 VB NSW Cup Wrap Up

Things are starting to heat up in the VB NSW Cup as the competition passed the halfway point last weekend.
Round 14 VB NSW Cup Wrap Up

Steven Russo & NSWRL Media

Things are starting to heat up in the VB NSW Cup as the competition passed the halfway point last weekend. The competition for top eight spots is still very much alive with only six points separating eighth placed Wentworthville and last placed Canterbury Bankstown. Round 14 was an especially exciting round highlighted by the thrillers played out in Wollongong and Windsor.

Wests Tigers v Canterbury Bulldogs
A four try effort from winger Taqele Naiyaravoro propelled the Wests Tigers to a 36-20 win over the Bulldogs at Leichhardt Oval. The Tigers led 12-8 at half time after tries to Naiyaravoro, five eighth Jack Madden and recent NRL debutant Jarrod Farlow but Canterbury took a 14-12 lead when Paul Carter scored a converted try early in the second half. From that point on though the Tigers dominated, shooting out to a 32-14 lead after 60 minutes. Tim Lafai managed a late converted try for the Dogs in the 74th minute but that was nullified in the 80th minute when Naiyaravoro got his fourth.
Wests Tigers 36
Tries: T Naiyaravaro 4, A McGrath, J Madden, E Paea, J Farlow
Goals: S Meaney 2
Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 20
Tries: P Carter 2, D Low, B Lane
Goals: T Lafai 2
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Illawarra Cutters v Mounties
The Illawarra Cutters moved to within two points of the VB NSW Cup top eight after beating Mounties 32-26 at WIN Stadium. Both teams traded tries during the opening 40 minutes and at half time Illawarra held a 12-10 lead. Young Cutters centre Charly Runciman opened the scoring for the second half when he crossed two minutes after the resumption but Mounties struck back almost immediately through forward Jarrad Kennedy. An unconverted try to centre Kose Lelei gave Illawarra a 22-16 advantage with half an hour left but Mounties managed to level the scores in the 56th minute when Kennedy scored his second try. Five eighth Jamie Soward ultimately proved a match winner for the Cutters, breaking the dead lock through a wonderful long range try and then setting up another for Bronx Goodwin for a 32-22 score line before Mounties’ Joe Picker scored the last try of the game for Mounties.
Illawarra Cutters 32
Tries: A Quinlan, D Vidot, C Runciman, K Lelei, J Soward, B Goodwin
Goals: J Drinkwater 3, B Goodwin
Mounties 26
Tries: J Kennedy 2, L Vaiotu, J Picker, J Foster
Goals: S Williams 3
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Cronulla Sharks v Wentworthville Magpies
Cronulla remain undefeated in 2013, stretching their winning run to 14 games after 44-20 win over Wentworthville. Despite conceding the first try of the match, the Sharks were dominant throughout racing to 26-4 lead by the half time break. Wentworthville tried hard in the second half but they ultimately couldn’t match the might of Cronulla who were well served by Frenchman Tony Gigot who chalked up a number of try assists while also kicking five goals.
Cronulla Sharks 44
Tries: T Peachey 2, S Mills, Y Tonumaipea, K Auvaa, P Manumalealii, S Griffin, D Moroko
Goals: T Gigot 5, M Wright
Wentworthville Magpies 20
Tries: N Smith 2, C MacKenzie, S Radradra
Goals: B Fritz 2
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Windsor Wolves v Auckland Vulcans
Auckland made it four wins on the trot with a 20-14 win over a more fancied Windsor Wolves side at the Windsor Sporting Complex. Auckland started strongly scoring first through winger Tangi Ropati in the 15th minute. However, the Wolves struck back to lead 6-4 at half time, despite losing forward Kyle O’Donnell early. That lead proved short lived though, with the Vulcans grabbing a 14-12 advantage in the second half after tries to Weatford and Peteru. Windsor managed to draw level midway through the second half after Daniella and Cartwright crossed but a penalty goal to Godinet and a late try to Tuimavave ultimately sealed the victory for the Vulcans who now sit sixth on the ladder.
Windsor Wolves 14
Tries: G Daniela, D Foster, B Cartwright
Goals: L Capewell
Auckland Vulcans 20
Tries: N Peteru, C Tuiamavave, T Ropati, S Waetford
Goals: P Godinet 2
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Newcastle Knights v North Sydney Bears
At Newcastle Number 2 Sports Ground, the Knights moved into second place on the VB NSW Cup ladder after a hard fought 20-10 win over North Sydney. Knights fullback Peter Mata’utia opened the scoring after just three minutes of play and the home side took a 10 nil lead into half time after Chad Redman scored in the 16th minute. Dale Clacherty extended the Knights lead in the 52nd minute when he crossed on the back of a Bears line drop out and after Mata’utia’s second try Newcastle led 20-0 with 20 minutes remaining. By that point it was all over but the Bears did manage two late consolation tries to Daniel Fepuleai and Kyle Turner.
Newcastle Knights 20
Tries: P Matautia 2, C Redman, D Clacherty
Goals: P Matautia, A Davis
North Sydney Bears 10
Tries: S Corrigan, D Fepuleai
Goals: D Farrell
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Wyong Roos v Newtown Jets
The Newtown Jets secured their fifth straight win and moved to within touching distance of the top four with a convincing 40-6 win over Wyong on Sunday afternoon. The Jets wingers were in fine form with both Rokolati and O’Sullivan grabbing hat tricks while young Ryley Jacks was instrumental, particularly in the first half when he played a hand in many of the Jets tries as well as scoring one himself.
Wyong Roos 6
Tries: E Uaisele
Goals: M Nelson
Newtown Jets 40
Tries: P Rokolati 3, U OSullivan 3, R Jacks, K Evans
Goals: P Rokolati 4
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