Toyota Cup: Round Four Preview
Toyota Cup action in Round 4 comes from Cronulla's Shark Park and Mt Smart in New Zealand. Commentator Matt Russell previews both games as part of his wider look at the Toyota Cup.<br><br>Pop quiz..<br><br>Who is the best defensive team in the NRL/NYC?<br><br>St George Illawarra, I hear you say?<br><br>Wrong!<br><br>The Dragons have been very, very good, giving up a total of 26 points in their three games.<br><br>North Queensland's Under 20's have been even better, conceding only 23 points in three outings.<br><br>Even the best NSW/Qld Cup sides defensively - Wynnum Manly (28) and Balmain Ryde (56) - are behind the young Cowboys.<br><br>Coach Kristian Woolf and his young Cowboys must be bursting with pride.<br><br>Every team mentioned above is unbeaten.<br><br><b>How fast can we go..</b><br><br>Round 1 Toyota Cup action dished up a 14 second try when Matt Herman pounced on a Canterbury mistake from the kickoff. (He put the ball down after 10 seconds and the referee took four more to award it officially.)<br><br>It didn't last long as the fastest try in Toyota Cup history.<br><br>Last Friday, to start Round 3, Wests Tigers' kick off hit the goal posts and bounced back for hooker Dean Parata to plant the ball after 8.5 seconds!<br><br>Albert Kelly scored in about the same time for Wentworthville against Newtown last year after retrieving a short kickoff.<br><br>You might need an Olympic timing device to separate the two.<br><br><b>Say Cheese..</b><br><br>It's good to see the thrill the Under 20's get from playing at the big stadiums.<br><br>On Sunday in Brisbane, some of the young Warriors walked around Suncorp Stadium for the first time.<br><br>Before the warm-up, they produced phones and cameras to capture the occasion.<br><br>Scott Sattler was asked to take one photo before yours truly was roped in for a team shot.<br><br><b>Wounded Warrior..</b><br><br>It was a tough day for the Warriors, beaten by Brisbane after losing halfback Shaun Johnson early in the first half.<br><br>Johnson hasn't missed a Toyota Cup game since he became a regular at the start of last season. He has proven himself to be a NRL player of the future and has already been close to selection.<br><br>He won't be available for any grade over the next 4-6 weeks because of an ankle sprain, which will make life difficult for the winless Warriors Under 20's. Their only competition point is from a 30-all draw with the Sharks in Round 2.<br><br>The new halves combination this weekend is Sean Scott and Carlos Tuimavave, the latest Tuimavave to come from a family that has already produced Paddy, Tony and Evarn.<br><br>The Warriors host the Sea Eagles on Sunday, who are still stinging from their first loss of the season.<br><br>You can catch all the action from 11.30am on Sunday on Fox Sports 2.<br><br><b>Pass the swab please..</b><br><br>Racing stewards would have a field day with the Newcastle Under 20's.<br><br>They started with an impressive comeback with against Canterbury, were terrible during a 62-10 loss to Melbourne, and bounced back to beat Manly 30-24.<br><br>Remember Manly had won their first two games and were highly impressive in the heat against Parramatta.<br><br>Will Newcastle find some consistency and beat Penrith on Monday?<br><br><b>Young Guns..</b><br><br>Another two standouts picked up the Fox Sports Young Gun praise from our weekend games.<br><br>Braith Anasta gave the award to Melbourne's Tohu Harris, a backrower who used his size and strength to bombard Penrith.<br><br>Harris edged out Blake Leary, who has scored five tries in 2010, beating last year's haul of four tries all season.<br><br>Scott Sattler was impressed with Brisbane's Dunamis Lui, who continues to improve in Brisbane's second row and must be on Ivan Henjak's radar.<br><br>Lui beat Louis Frisby, an exciting young half who stole a crucial try to blow the game open for the Broncos.<br><br><b>Try of the week..</b><br><br>The Warriors Glen Fisiiahi scored our Try of the Week from Round 3, using his speed to get outside the defence and bolt 70 metres to score.<br><br>He follows Neenan Simpson and William Hopoate with Try of the Week honours.<br><br>If you missed it, we'll show it again as part of this week's Super Saturday.<br><b><br>Performance of the week..</b><br><br>Nathan Gardner scored Cronulla's first four - yes FOUR - tries at Shark Park on Monday night as the home team came back from 16-6 down to beat Souths 22-16.<br><br>He told me he's got three before but never four.<br><br>Gardner's celebrations at fulltime were typical of a side that has shown spirit, spirit and more spirit under coach Joey Grima.<br><br>They've done it tough to say the least, winning only one of 21 games before Monday, and that was seven games ago on August 2 last year.<br><br>Grima actually made mention of the fact that most of his players wouldn't know the victory song, but they sang it loud, accompanied by banging of cupboard doors, bid lids etc.<br><br>This week it's Parramatta visiting The Shire, the team the Sharks beat last August to snap a 13-game losing streak.<br><br>That win prompted Grand Final type celebrations and the Eels will remember that well.<br><br>They are keen to bounce back from consecutive losses while Cronulla haven't won back to back since the first twos round last year.<br><br>Kyle O'Donnell (Luke's brother) and Tyrone Peachey (David's cousin) give the Sharks some handy bloodlines.<br><br>Nathan Hindmarsh clone Pat O'Hanlon is a player to watch at the Eels.<br><br>Join myself and Melbourne's Cam Smith for all the action as part of Super Saturday. <br><br><b>Holding on..</b><br><br>Staying in front seems to be a problem at Canterbury.<br><br>In Round 1, they led Newcastle 24-4, only to get beaten 30-24.<br><br>In Round 3, they led the Roosters 24-12 at halftime, only to finish at 40-all.<br><br>Throw in a narrow 12-10 loss to the Dragons and coach Andy Patmore must be contemplating the medicine cabinet.<br><br>They could easily be on six premiership points but instead have to settle for one!