VB NSW Cup Round 5 wrap
It’s the question everyone is asking: Who will end Mounties’ perfect start to the season?
Mounties remain undefeated after they overcame a 14-point deficit to seize a 26-24 victory over the Manly Sea Eagles.
After conceding 16 unanswered points in their 32-26 loss against the Newtown Jets last week, it was a bitter disappointment for the Sea Eagles in relinquishing another sizable lead.
Manly were motivated to score the upset win in jumping out to an early 18-4 lead but VB man of the match Luke Page inspired Mounties to keep their perfect record intact after five rounds.
The rampaging prop-forward was a relentless human wrecking ball colliding into anyone who dared to try to bring him down. At times it was like watching someone crashing into bowling pins in charging over the top of anyone who stood in his way.
Mounties put their perfect record on the line when they face the Newcastle Knights at Aubrey Keech Reserve next Saturday.
The second-placed New Zealand Warriors were the shock of the round as they were heavily defeated 42-6 by the Wyong Roos.
There’s no doubt that Roos coach Rip Taylor would be most thrilled with his side’s effort to limit the fast-paced Warriors to a stingy six points.
The Knights must be feeling a little lucky after escaping with a thrilling 34-26 victory over the Illawarra Cutters.
Newcastle led 24-nil before the Cutters scored 26 unanswered points to take the lead with 20 minutes to play.
The comeback victory just wasn’t meant to be though as the Knights scored two late tries to steal the two competition points.
Meanwhile, the Jets’ season has truly ignited with their third-straight victory.
After losing their two opening matches of the season, Newtown defeated the Wentworthville Magpies 30-18 for their third win of the season.
The Jets will aim to make it four straight against the Bears at North Sydney Oval next Sunday afternoon.
The Canterbury Bulldogs also climbed the VB NSW Cup ladder with their third win of the season against the Bears.
The Bears were brave in trying to capture their second win of the season but the Bulldogs eventually prevailed 30-22 winners in a close encounter.
The Wests Tigers suffered back-to-back losses as they fell to a narrow 12-10 loss against the Penrith Panthers.
It was a gutsy performance in wet conditions for the reigning premiers against the Wests Tigers after they lost last week’s grand final rematch against the Knights in a dramatic 18-16 finish.
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