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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:34 pm    Post subject: VB NSW Cup Rep Squad named Reply with quote

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VB NSW Cup Rep Squad named
NSWRL Media
7/07/2013 6:00:00 PM

The following players have today been named for the VB NSW Cup Representative Squad to play the QLD Residents on Wednesday, July 17 at ANZ Stadium, Sydney.

VB NSW Cup Representative Squad:

Player - Club
Kevin Naiqama - Newcastle Knights
Josh Mantellato - Newcastle Knights
Peter Mata’utia - Newcastle Knights
Shaune Corrigan - North Sydney Bears
Taqele Naiyaravaro - Wests Tigers
Chad Townsend - Cronulla Sharks
Sam Williams - Mounties
Josh Starling - North Sydney Bears
Mitch Williams © - Wyong Roos
Dayne Weston - Cronulla Sharks/Windsor Wolves
Will Matthews - Illawarra Cutters
Tinirau Arona - Newtown Jets
Anthony Cherrington - Windsor Wolves
Matt Hilder - Newcastle Knights
Sam Anderson - Windsor Wolves
Jason Clark - North Sydney Bears
Bennett Leslie - North Sydney Bears
Paul Carter - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Geoff Daniela - Windsor Wolves
Jake Foster - Mounties

Coach: Rip Taylor
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent! Having 4 players in the rep side is a good result.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:16 pm    Post subject: Re: VB NSW Cup Rep Squad named Reply with quote

Interesting that despite being six points clear at the top-of-the-table, that Cronulla only gets one and a half reps. Ten of the thirteen clubs are represented - no one from Auckland, Manly or Wentworthville.

The club-by-club breakdown of the 20-man squad is:

Newcastle Knights x4
North Sydney Bears x4
Windsor Wolves x3.5
Mounties x2
Cronulla Sharks x1.5
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs x1
Illawarra Cutters x1
Newtown Jets x1
Wests Tigers x1
Wyong Roos x1
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fact that Shaun Corrigan is selected indicates this side has been thrown together with very little weight given to form.

Mitch Williams is very deserving of his selection. He was an absolute standout yesterday and most of Wyong's success can probably be attributed to him.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moonbear wrote:
The fact that Shaun Corrigan is selected indicates this side has been thrown together with very little weight given to form.

I haven't seen Corro much this year, but he's played ok in the games I have seen. He didn't stand out in the recent game against Newcastle, but that could be said about most of the team.

Good to see a NS-contracted player - Bennett Leslie - make the squad.

"Queensland Residents" is a stupid name. I gather no one from Tweed Heads Seagulls will be picked, or maybe only ones who live north of Boundary Street. Why not call it the Qld Cup side? They did a few years ago, while NSW called its side "NSW Residents" (despite some of them living in the ACT and even Melbourne).

Will this game be televised on Fox?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think that Corro has been effective in attack, but from what I have seen he has been very strong in defense. His game against the Vulcans was a stand out, he cut down everything in sight.

Looks as though we will be missing those 4 players for our Monday night game against the Cutters.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed with Bears4life on the Auckland match, but Corro hasn't stood up like I might have thought this season. I am not sure if it is down to a lack of quality ball from Farrell whilst in at 5/8th, but he hasn't stood out this year - like a Jamie Simpson or similar has done in the past.

Bennett Leslie has had a really good season. He was by his own standards pretty poor last year but this season he has been so solid in so many ways. Great to see. His running out wide has been a strong aspect of his game this season.

Starlo - just goes forward all the time and richly deserves his selection.

Clark......well, I am more miffed than the selection of Corro here......
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The NSWRL website has a preview of the game at www.nswrl.com.au/default.aspx?s=article-display&id=79580&title=vb-nsw-cup-v-qld-residents-preview.

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VB NSW Cup v QLD Residents preview
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17/07/2013 9:00:00 AM

NSW VB Blues fans should aim to get out to ANZ Stadium early this evening so they can cheer on the VB NSW Cup representative team in their clash against the Queensland Residents team.

Coach Rip Taylor has named a strong side with 15 of the 20 players in the extended squad having played first grade. Queensland are no slouches either, with players like centre Donald Malone, lock Nick Slyney and back rower Tim Glasby having NRL experience also.

The VB NSW cup side last won this fixture in 2010 when it was played at ANZ Stadium and victory to the boys in blue will see NSW compete a clean sweep of all elite junior and senior matches.

With the ever increasing importance of second tier football beginning to be realised by the powers that be in the game of Rugby League, plenty of people will be paying special attention to this match and we think they won't be disappointed.

Players to Watch

Sam Williams

The 22 year old Mounties halfback will be eager to impress in this game after being dropped from the Canberra Raiders’ NRL side back in round seven. A clever play maker with a strong passing and kicking game expect the majority of the VB NSW Cup representative side’s attack to revolve around him. Williams is also a handy goal kicker and capable of kicking field goals, making him a valuable asset in close games. He has 40 games worth of NRL experience despite his young age.

Taqele Naiyaravaro

This Fijian flyer has been selected on the back of his excellent form out on the flank for the Wests Tigers. 21 year old Naiyaravaro is currently the VB NSW Cup’s leading try scorer with 23 touch downs from just 16 games. He has scored three hat tricks this season and even managed four tries in the Tigers’ round 14 clash against the Bulldogs. Standing at 195cm and weighing 117kg, Naiyaravaro is more than capable of playing in the forwards, so expect him to relieve some pressure by taking a number of hit ups throughout the game.

Mitch Williams

The unsung hero of the VB NSW Cup, Wyong captain Mitch Williams has been the heart and soul of the Roos side during their debut season. The hardworking hooker is a complete package as far as footballers go, a brilliant performer in both attack and defence. Williams was named the Country Rugby League player of the year back in 2010 and when polling when behind closed doors, he was the leader for the 2013 VB NSW Cup player of the year with 31 points after 15 rounds, eight points ahead of second placed Tyrone Peachey.

Prediction: Both sides have had their troubles in their preparation with the QLD Residents struggling to get a team together in the early stages of last week while the NSW boys have been forced to implement a last minute reshuffle with Chad Townsend's elevation to the NRL this weekend.

The QLD Residents have picked a big forward pack while the VB NSW Cup selectors have opted for speed and mobility after they were caught napping up the middle late in last year's match.

These games always produce some epic contests. They have been decided by small margins in recent years and we think the home field advantage will be key like it has proven to be in the last three years. VB NSW Cup boys by 8.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just "tuned in" to the live scoreboard - it's the second half and NSW Cup is leading 16-10. Shaune Corrigan has scored one of the three tries. This scoreboard doesn't seem to keep track of all comments posted, only the most recent.

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6:52PM: Sam Williams is in for the Blues after the come out firing. Mantellato adds the extras as he always does and we lead 16-10

6:53PM A mistake from the ensuing kick off gives QLD a soft try to Murgha. 16-14 now to the VB Rep side

6:56PM Murgha is having a rough night. A Mitch Williams grabber cause him all soughts (sic) of drama and Jason Clarke pounces on the ball to score. Mantellato converts and it is 22-14

7:10PM Still 22-14 as the game turns into an arm wrestle. 13 minutes to go.

7:18PM A silly late tackle penalty ygives the Queenslanders a try to Donald Malone. Conversion missed 22-18 with 4 to go.

7:30PM Full Time here at ANZ Stadium and the VB NSW Cup boys have got us off to a great start with a 22-18 win over QLD. Bring on the main game

Final score:
NSW Cup 22 (J Mantellato, S Corrigan, S Williams, J Clark tries; J Mantellato 3 goals) lead
Qld Residents 18 (J McInally, T Glasby, H Murgha, D Malone tries; D Malone goal)
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The match report is on the NSWRL website at www.nswrl.com.au/default.aspx?s=article-display&id=79699&title=vb-nsw-cup-rep-team-complete-clean-sweep. It says that Jason Clarke was named players' player and gives a special mention to Bennett Leslie. Corrigan scored a try. I assume that Josh Starling got a run given he was named in the starting side.

The final team on the "live scoreboard" is below, but based on the lists from NS games, that may not be accurate:

1. Kevin Naiqama - Newcastle Knights 2. Josh Mantellato - Newcastle Knights 3. Peter Mata’utia - Newcastle Knights 4. Shaune Corrigan - North Sydney Bears 5. Taqele Naiyaravaro - Wests Tigers 20. Adrian Davis - Newcastle Knights 7. Sam Williams - Mounties 8. Josh Starling - North Sydney Bears 9. Mitch Williams © - Wyong Roos 10. Dayne Weston - Cronulla Sharks/Windsor Wolves 11. Will Matthews - Illawarra Cutters 12. Tinirau Arona - Newtown Jets 13. Matt Hilder - Newcastle Knights 14. Sam Anderson - Windsor Wolves 15. Jason Clark - North Sydney Bears 16. Bennett Leslie - North Sydney Bears 17. Paul Carter - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18. Geoff Daniela - Windsor Wolves 19. Jake Foster - Mounties Coach: Rip Taylor

There were two changes from the original 20-man squad - Adrian Davis (Newcastle Knights) replaced Chad Townsend (Cronulla Sharks), while Anthony Cherrington (Windsor Wolves) dropped out but was not replaced.

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www.nswrl.com.au/default.aspx?s=article-display&id=79699&title=vb-nsw-cup-rep-team-complete-clean-sweep

VB NSW Cup Rep team complete clean sweep
Brad Preston
18/07/2013 1:15:00 PM

The VB NSW Cup side completed a clean sweep of the elite age group and curtain-raiser fixtures with a 22-18 win over the QLD Residents at ANZ Stadium before Holden State of Origin Game Three.

The Rip Taylor coached side fought back from a 10-nil deficit in the first half after Queensland scored through Tim Glasby and Jarrod McInally in the early exchanges.

Once the boys in blue were able to gain some ascendancy in attack and increase their completion rate, they began to trouble the QLD Residents out wide.

In the 31st minute, Taqele Naiyaravao broke down the left hand edge and looked to have scored before a brilliant desperation tackle from Peter Gubb stopped him just inches short. From the ensuing ruck play a Queensland player was sent to the sin bin and NSW capitalised on the overlap and scored out wide through Josh Mantellato.

Just five minutes later the VB Rep team were in again after Hezron Murgha made a meal of an Adrian Davis bomb and the bounce fell to Shaune Corrigan who planted the ball over the line to draw the scores level. Mantellato again added the extras and NSW took a 12-10 lead into half time.

Five minutes into the second half the VB NSW Cup team was in again. Following a repeat set, QLD were back peddling after some good go forward from Sam Anderson and when a huge gap appeared for Mounties halfback Sam Williams to crash over and extend the NSW lead to 16-10.

Rip Taylor could almost be heard screaming from the box when the VB Rep team dropped the ball from the ensuing kick-off and handed QLD a get back in the match card. The Maroons took the card with open hands and Herzon Murgha made up for his earlier mistake and scored out wide bringing the score to 16-14.

Murgha’s night then turned sour again when he made a mess of a grubber put through by Mitch Williams and Jason Clarke pounced on the loose ball to take NSW to a 22-14 lead.

There would have been a very nervous Rip Taylor in the coaching box when Queensland scored with five minutes remaining in the match through Donald Malone but, unlike 2012, the NSW boys held firm and brought bragging rights back to the VB NSW Cup.

Jason Clark from North Sydney/South Sydney was named player’s player and he was well supported by the whole 16 men in blue. Special mention must go to Bennett Leslie who filled in at centre and was outstanding in the second half.

VB NSW Cup Representative Side 22 (J Mantellato, J Clark, S Corrigan, S Williams tries; J Mantellato 3 goals) def. Queensland Residents 18 (H Murgha, D Malone, J McInally, T Glasby tries; D Malone goal)

Match highlights, interviews and match pictures will be up shortly.
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