Fewy's Round Recap


Fewy's Round Recap

Round 2

Thursday 15th March: Dragons defeated the sharks 20-16

Round 2 kicked off with a rivalry for the ages. The Sharks took on the Dragons at Southern Cross Group Stadium. The Sharks got off to a flying start, getting out to a score of 14-0 after just 30 minutes of football, however the Sharks fell complacent. Nene McDonald scored an amazing try in the corner to get the visitors on the board just before the halftime break and boy did the Dragons come out firing in the second half.
The Dragons started off the second half much like the first half ended, With Tyson Frizell going over to score. After 10 minutes the Dragons scored again through Euan Aitken and after the conversion by Gareth Widdop the Dragons were in front 16-14. The Sharks hit back next through a Penalty Goal however a string of late penalties in good field position saw the Dragons get another four points off Penalty Goals alone to see out the match. 

Friday 16th March: Roosters defeated the Bulldogs 30-12

What a game for the home side in the Roosters. After a poor performance in Round 1 against the Tigers, Cooper Cronk and James Tedesco came out with something to prove. At halftime the Roosters had a comfortable lead of 18-0 through tries from a returning Luke Keary, Blake Ferguson and James Tedesco.
The Bulldogs came out in the second half with a quick try to veteran Centre, Josh Morris. However the Home Side struck back almost instantaneously through Cooper Cronk. The Bulldogs showed some fight however with a try to Moses Mbye however by this stage the Roosters just had too big of a lead and with a late Penalty Goal, Latrell Mitchell sealed the victory for the Tri Colours.

Friday 16th March: Broncos defeated the Cowboys 24-20

The QLD Derby is a game many fans circle on the calendar each year, with most of the recent games between the two heavyweights of QLD being settled in Golden Point. This game didn't disappoint however with the Cowboys getting off to a flying start leading 8-0 after only 8 mins, however the Broncos didn't role over as their forward pack kicked into a gear in which during Round 1 they never got to and put the Home Side on the front foot. 
The Broncos first got on the board after a solid run from young Forward, Tavita Pangai Jr, and they struck again with a controversial forward pass to Winger Corey Oates, with the Winger throwing an inside ball back to Tom Opacic to score next to the posts, and again a few moments later off an error from Cowboys Fullback Ben Hampton seeing Alex Glenn score under the posts. 

The Cowboys were the first to score in the Second half through a short ball from Johnathan Thurston to Gavin Cooper however the momentum was short lived with the Broncos striking back almost immediately through a Line break from James Roberts putting Kodi Nikorima through under the sticks.

The Cowboys never showed any quit however with Jake Granville scoring late in the game putting the home side down by 4, and with a brilliant inside pass the Visitors almost stole the victory in the dying moments from the game if it wasn't for an amazing tackle with the assist from the Goal Post from Pangai Jr forcing the ball lose from Scott Bolton.

Saturday 17th March: Warriors defeated the Titans 20-12

Much like their Round 1 performance the Warriors just out matched their opponents in almost every aspect with the Home Side leading 12-2 at the break.
The Warriors much like the first half held majority of the possession scoring another two tries. Just as it looked that the Warriors would hold the visitors to 0, Anthony Don scored in the dying moments of the game however it was too late by this stage with the Home Side already having the win sealed.

The Warriors forward pack just out muscled the Titans and constantly had the visitors on the back foot. This was a key factor with the Warriors sitting in comfortable field position for most of the game. 

Saturday 17th March: Panthers defeated the Rabbitohs 18-14

Much like Round 1, the Rabbitohs got off to a flying start controlling the game for the first half. The Rabbitohs forwards kept on going forward and the Panthers just looked flat and tired in defence. The Rabbitohs had a comfortable lead going into the break leading 14-0. 
The game wasn't over however with the roles reversing and the Home Side finally clicking into gear with a comeback which shocked Souths. They couldn't find an answer to stop the Panthers. 10 minutes into the second half the Panthers struck with Trent Merrin crashing over to score, and from here the Panthers scored another two tries with about 10 minutes in between each of those. It felt as if the Rabbitohs fell complacent and felt like they had the win after only 40 minutes of football. 

Credit to the Panthers for sticking in the fight and not rolling over as they come back to defeat the Rabbitohs and hand them their second loss of the season.

Saturday 17th March: Tigers defeated the Storm 10-8\

This game had a special tag to it. Melbourne were playing at home and it was a special occasion as it was Billy Slater's 300th Career Game as he was also returning from injury. 

Many believed that the Storm would have rolled through the Tigers, however much like the previous week the Tigers showed that they can play some amazing defence as they withstood most of what the Home Side threw at them. 

The Tigers went into Halftime leading 4-0 off the back of two late penalty goals from Esan Masters. The second half was much like the first with neither side able to capitalize on field position until Suliasi Vunivalu went over to score in the 63rd minute. Within the next 10 minutes the Storm managed to put on another 4 points due to penalty goals. The Game looked over from here however an error late in the game from Vunivalu saw the Tigers have the ball inside the Storm 20m. What happened next, much like the previous week saw the visitors shock everyone when Luke Brooks crashed over to score in the 77th minute stealing the victory from the home side and spoiling Slater's milestone game.


Sunday 18th March: Sea Eagles defeated the Eels 54-0

This recap won't be that long, As from the start of the game everything went the way off the Sea Eagles. 
It was one of those games where everything that the Eels tried either didn't work, or resulted in an error and everything Manly tried just seemed to pay off.

Daly Cherry-Evans had a very solid game having a hand in numerous tries as well as kicking 8 out of 9 with his conversions with 1 penalty goal.

Manly showed that with possession that they can be a serious threat this year, and i erge every team to be cautious when playing this Manly side as they can be very dangerous.

 Sunday 18th March: Knights defeated the Raiders 30-28

In my opinion this was the game of the round. It was constantly back and forth with neither side able to get the upper hand. However injuries to Joey Leilua and Charlie Gubb proved to be costly in the end with the Knights able to steal a win in the dying moments with Sione Mata'utia scoring in the 73rd minute.
One thing I took away from this game is that so far the Raiders haven't been able to put together an 80 minute performance. Both weeks they have lost games that they should have won, with both scorelines being 30-28. If the Raiders can tighten up that late game situational play look for them to knock off quite a few teams this year and push for the Top 8. 

However the Knights have shown that so far this year they are able to stick with teams for 80 minutes and not collapse. New recruits Mitchell Pearce, Kalyn Ponga and Aidan Guerra have been outstanding so far and have been contributing factors both rounds. Look for the Knights to shock everyone this year as I believe they can push a Top 8 finish.

-Fewy

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