Fewy's Round Recap: Round 4

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Thursday 29th March: The Panthers defeated the Cowboys 33-14

The round kicked off with the slow starting Cowboys taking on the Panthers who in the previous round copped a huge blow losing Halfback Nathan Cleary. 

New recruit James Maloney stepped up and had an outstanding game. He finished with 1 try, 2 try assists, 2 tackle breaks and 1 line break assist. He also managed to kick 8-8 goals. 

The Cowboys much like previous weeks were pretty disappointing. It’s not often you see their forward pack dominated however the Panthers just smothered them and wouldn’t let them get off the mark. 

Friday 30th March: The Rabbitohs defeated the Bulldogs 20-16

This was a game of two halves (pardon the pun) the Bulldogs came out of the gate fast against Souths on their annual Good Friday clash and looked to be on top and dominant early. 

They headed into the break leading 14-6 however the visitors never gave up, playing from behind they slowly crawled back into the game and the final 10 minutes was a cracking finish to a very solid game. 

Being down 16-10 with 6 minutes to go however most teams would roll over but the Rabbitohs didn’t. A try from Hymel Hunt saw the visitors down by 2 points however with the missed conversion things still didn’t look good. It wasn’t until the 78th minute when Cameron Murray got an inside ball close to the line which saw him crash over next to the posts and crush the hearts of the Bulldogs. 

Friday 30th March: The Sharks defeated the Storm 14-4

There really isn’t much to say about this game. There was a penalty blown on average every 3 minutes. The Sharks conceded a total of 14 penalties and the Storm conceded 19 penalties. 

We saw 2 sin bins one of which came from a “believed” dive from Billy Slater which saw Luke Lewis get 10 minutes and later on we saw Cameron Smith get his first ever sin binning after back chatting with the referee. 

Apart from this is was a pretty straight forward game in which we saw the home side get home. 

Saturday 31st March: The Warriors defeated the Roosters 30-6

In what was a clinical performance from the Warriors they put the whole competition on notice. After losing Halfback Shaun Johnson before the game, the Warriors had young Mason Lino step up and in what was his 11th first grade game and boy did he play outstanding. 

The Roosters just couldn’t hang with the Warriors fast paced offence and the visitors forward pack just rolled through the middle of the field with little stoppage. 

With this performance the Warriors move to 4-0 to start the season and have put the whole competition on notice. 

Saturday 31st March: The Sea Eagles defeated the Raiders 32-16

In what was another penalty-a-thon the Sea Eagles were just too dominant in their win over the Raiders. 

The Raiders have had a very shaky start to the 2018 season and they came into this game fired up and ready. They stuck first in the 4th minute, however from here the home side just ran away with the game. 

Even with a few late tries the Raiders were never in this game as more pressure amounts on them to get their first win of the season. 

Sunday 1st April: The Dragons defeated the Knights 30-12

The Knights struck first however this momentum didn’t last long however the Dragons stuck back almost immediately and from here the Dragons just took off. 

The Dragons have been in amazing form this season with the halves pairing of Gareth Widdop and Ben Hunt both playing outstanding of football. 

Knights fans I wouldn’t take too much from this loss. Look towards your match against the out of form Broncos as the young and new side continue to create combinations. 

Sunday 1st April: The Titans defeated the Broncos 26-14

Well this was probably the upset of the round. Not many people have expected much from this Titans side in 2018, however it seems as if the players have a belief in themselves that not many people do.

The game was mainly one sided with the Broncos never seeming to be in the game, They showed their moments of brilliance and individual great performances from players like Jamayne Isaako and Kodi Nikorima just unfortunately weren't enough to get the home side the win.

It was a game where the Titans were on top from the kick off and never let their foot off the pedal. I originally tipped the Titans for the Wooden Spoon this year, however if they can get more games like this then they will definitely upset a few sides. 

Monday 2nd April: The Tigers defeated the Eels 30-20

We finished off the round with an Easter Monday match between both the Tigers and the Eels, however it seemed as if the Eels didn't realise the game had started until it was halftime.

The first half was dominated by the Tigers putting pressure all over the Eels who have had a disastrous start to the season. The Tigers had put on 20 unanswered points after the Eels managed to open the scoring in the 4th minute, however this surge of attack from the Tigers saw the Eels almost completely out of the game. 

The second half started much like the first with the Tigers holding majority of the possession, however Tony Williams in his first game for the Eels in many years had a few great runs and setting up a try to George Jennings which saw the visitors kick into gear.

They hit back with another two late tries however the damage was already done and the Tigers got the win.

-Fewy

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