Fewy's Round Recap

The NRL is back, Round 1 saw a lot of upsets which shock a lot of the NRL fans. Here is a quick recap on what you missed.

Thursday 8th March: 
Dragons 34 defeated the Broncos 12

The Dragons came out with a point to prove this season. Off the back of new recruits Ben Hunt and James Graham, The Dragons put on a clinic against the Wayne Bennett led Broncos in Wollongong.

Ben Hunt had a point to prove when he faced his old team and boy did he show it. He had a hand in everything, He assisted in the first try of the game putting a short grubber into the in goal area out of dummy half which saw Tyson Frizzell come screaming through and jumped on the loose ball. He was also solid in defence making 14 tackles and had a long range intercept try which I am sure hurt Brisbane fans everywhere.

The Broncos in my opinion looked flat. Missing new recruit Jack Bird the Broncos just could seem to catch a break. At one point they clawed back into the game however the Dragons seemed to kick into another gear and just kept running in tries.

Look for the Dragons to make an impact this season as well as put all the teams on notice with this performance.

Our Player of the Game: Ben Hunt

Friday 10th March: 
Knights 19 defeated the Sea Eagles 18

What a game this was. In front of a packed out crowd in Newcastle the new look Knights put on a solid performance against a solid Manly outfit. The Knights had a lot of new faces in key positions which included Kalyn Ponga, Mitchell Pearce, Tautau Moga and Aiden Guerra.

Ponga scored early in the game to get the Knights on the board after a nice step saw the defensive line open up. As the game went on it seemed as soon as one team scored the other team scored within minutes. Daly Cherry-Evans kicked a Penalty Goal in the 77th minute to tie the game at 18-18 which forced the game to go to Golden Point.

Golden Point went much like the first 80 minutes with neither team able to get a hold of the momentum or the score. The score was broken in the 88th minute off a Mitchell Pearce Field Goal.

The Knights put on a solid performance and this brand new team will only get better as the season goes on. At this stage I can't see them getting the Wooden Spoon this season.

Our Player of the Game: Mitchell Pearce

Friday 10th March:
20 defeated the Sharks 14

The Stage was set for JT's 300th NRL game. The Cowboys were without 5/8 Michael Morgan and Fullback Lachlan Coote, However with the depth that the Cowboys have it seemed as if they were fine. Te Maire Martin partnered Thurston in the halves with Ben Hampton shifting to Fullback.

Co-Captain Matt Scott returned to the game after spending most of 2017 sidelined due to a torn ACL suffered in Round 2. Joining Scott in the Front Row was new recruit and former Melbourne Storm player Jordan McLean.

The Cowboys forward pack dominated for most of the game constantly putting the Cowboys in good field position however the Sharks defence was very solid. Thurston did not have the best day with the boot only making 2/5 with his conversions which kept the Sharks in the game.

The Sharks had a few new faces in Matt Moylan and Josh Dugan, however the new faces weren't enough to get the job done against on of the Premiership favourites.

Our Player of the Game: Jason Taumalolo

Saturday 10th March:
 10 defeated the Roosters 8

Wow, What an upset this was. The Roosters brought in a few key players in Cooper Cronk to replace Mitchell Pearce and James Tedesco who replaced Michael Gordon.

All eyes were on this game. The Roosters were expected to blow the Tigers out of the water. However this wasn't the case, The Tigers had quite a few new faces as well as a returning Benji Marshall.

The game was 2-0 to the Tigers heading into halftime with neither side able to get one up on the other. The Second Half started with a professional foul by Tigers Halfback Luke Brooks who was sent to the Sin Bin. However the Roosters wasted the first 2 minutes of having the numbers advantage by lining up a Penalty Goal to level the scores.

Luke Brooks came back and the Tigers took the lead once again through another Penalty Goal. Not long after the Roosters struck first through a try by Blake Ferguson. The game looked over but in the 78th minute new face at the Tigers Corey Thompson struck gold in the corner going over. With the scores tied Tigers Fullback Tuimoala Lolohea kicked the Conversion from the sideline stealing the win and causing the upset.

Our Player of the Game: Benji Marshall

Saturday 10th March:
32 defeated the Rabbitohs 10

Much like the previous game the Warriors caused the upset on a resurgent Rabbitohs side with a new coach.

The first 25 minutes were back and forth between the two sides, with neither side able to mount much of a lead. However at the 30th minute mark, something changed with the Warriors, they ran in two more tries within the final 10 minutes of the half.

From here it seemed like the game was over. The second half started much like the first half ended with the Warriors holding onto a majority of the ball scoring another two tries. The Rabbitohs finished the game scoring another two tries of their own but it was too late.

Shaun Johnson and Blake Green already seem to have a strong partnership and if they can keep improving on this each game the Warriors could cause a few more upsets moving forward.

Our Player of the Game: Shaun Johnson

Saturday 10th March:
36 defeated the Bulldogs 18

With the loss of Cooper Cronk and with no Billy Slater the Storm had quite a few eyes on them to see if they are as dominant as they have been for the past 10 years. The Bulldogs had a lot of new faces including Kieran Foran and Aaron Woods.

Ryley Jacks and Brodie Croft formed a young and experienced halves combination however the two young kids played outstanding. With Slater injured Cameron Munster filled in at Fullback, and played what seemed like one of the best games of his career. Munster didn't score a try however he looked scary every time he touched the ball with 2 line breaks one of which set up a fantastic long range try to the "Fox" Josh Addo-Carr. He finished with 3 try assists, 2 tackle breaks and 1 line break assist. He also ran just shy of 200m.

It seemed as if the Bulldogs were in the game up until the 60th minute until the Storm kicked into another gear running in another 2 late tries which sealed the victory for the Storm.

Our Player of the Game: Cameron Munster

Sunday 11th March:
24 defeated the Eels 14

The Eels got off to a very fast start being up 14-0 after 25 mins, and went into the break leading 14-6.

The Panthers came out firing in the second half scoring almost instantly. The second half for the Eels is one to be forgotten. The Panthers just dominated the second half coming back scoring another two tries and kicking three Penalty Goals.

This game was very slopping with both teams committing many errors, and after being up 14-0 early it just seemed as if the Eels thought they had the game won, and became complacent.

Our Player of the Game: Nathan Cleary

Sunday 11th March: 
Titans 30 defeated the Raiders 28

This game started much like the one before it. The Raiders were on track to score 50+ being up 18-0 after 10 minutes. After 25 minutes the score seemed to look worse for the titans with the score being 24-0

This game was very entertaining to watch, with both teams putting in solid efforts. but it was the Titans who never gave up, they clawed their way back into the game and for the first 15 minutes of the second half the possession was in favour of the Titans with 80%.

In the 53rd minute the Titans levelled the scores at 24-24 and looked to have the win with all the momentum the Raiders looked tired and defeated. this lasted for another 10 minutes with the Raiders holding on in defence but the Raiders struck next. They went in front and it seemed as if all the momentum had changed.

This seemed like the game was over until the 78th minute when an Ash Taylor kick took an unusual bounce into the arms of Konrad Hurrell which much like the finish to the Tigers V Roosters game stole the game from under the Raiders noses.

With the Conversion from right in front michael Gordon sealed the win for the Titans in what was a very entertaining game to watch.

Our player of the Game: Konrad Hurell

- Fewy


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