Bears Register Sixth Win of 2013 - Split Round Six

The North Sydney Bears have registered their sixth victory from seven games in the 2013 NSW Cup season, getting over the top of Mounties 12 points to 10 at Centrebet Stadium.


The game was a thriller, with the Bears taking the lead with just over ten minutes to go.


The Bears were the first to score through five-eighth Darren Nicholls in the third minute, making the most of a brilliant offload from halfback Luke Keary and a clever kick from centre Shaune Corrigan.


Mounties evened the scores in the 11th minute through seasoned veteran Shaun Berrigan, and they then took the lead in the 30th minute through halfback David Farkas.


Mounties went into half time leading 10-4 and looked desperate to hold on to that lead in the early stages of the second half.


It wasn't until the 55th minute that the Bears would cross for their second try, this time through South Sydney junior Aaron Gray in the right corner, reducing the deficit to two points in favour of Mounties.


The Bears struck for the final time in the 69th minute when Bennett Leslie straightened the play and charged over to the right of the posts, stealing the lead by 12 points to 10.


Mounties put together a few attacking raids on the back of Farkas and fullback Michael Bani, but the Bears were able to repel those efforts to hang on for the win.


For the Bears, Keary was strong in the halves, controlling the play and defending strongly, with the assistance of front rowers Josh Starling and Thomas Burgess, interchange player Bennett Leslie and fullback Justin Hunt.


North Sydney Bears 12 (Darren Nicholls, Aaron Gray, Bennett Leslie tries)


defeated


Mounties 10 (Shaun Berrigan, David Farkas tries; David Farkas goal)