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Bears Down In Tight Contest

Matt Buxton, NSWRL.com.au

Intrust Super Premiership | Round 10 | North Sydney Vs Newtown | North Sydney Oval | 14/05/2017. Photo Steve Little www.redandblackzone.com.
Intrust Super Premiership | Round 10 | North Sydney Vs Newtown | North Sydney Oval | 14/05/2017. Photo Steve Little www.redandblackzone.com.

The Newtown Jets and the North Sydney Bears have gone down until the final siren at North Sydney Oval, with the visitors edging out the home-side 16-12 in an absolute thriller.

An Edrick Lee intercept-try ended up being the difference in the extremely physical game, while Fa’amanu Brown also had some classy touches for Newtown.

This game was the first leg of the Frank Hyde Shield, with Bears lock Cheyne Whitelaw wearing the No. 43 on his back to represent when the two clubs battled in the 1943 NSWRL Grand Final.

As expected, the opening quarter of the game was a brutal encounter with a defensive theme, with neither side able to break away from the end-to-end style of footy to trouble the scorekeeper.

Read the full match report on NSWRL.com.au.