North Sydney Bears Vs Newtown Jets
North Sydney Oval, Saturday, May 25
Summary: Having lost the opening leg of the Frank Hyde Shield by 12 points earlier this year, the Newtown Jets will require a victory of 13 points or more against the Bears on Saturday if they are to reclaim the coveted prize.
The Jets should be feeling confident about their chances though after an excellent second half of football last weekend saw them overcome a double figure deficit to defeat a very good Tigers side.
The Bears should be fresh heading into the clash having had their first bye of the season last weekend and they will field a very strong side as they look to win and keep the pressure on the top of the table Sharks.
Dylan Farrell, after having spent the past few games at five-eighth, returns to the centres here allowing Darren Nicholls to return to the halves.
The Jets look to have lost Jack Bosden for the best part of six weeks after he went down during the win last week, and as a result Kurt Kara will start in his place with Greg Matterson preferring to keep the explosive Nafe Seluini coming off the bench for the time being.
Two foundation clubs going at it at one of Rugby Leagues iconic venues.
Couldnt think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Talking Point: The Frank Hyde Shield is up for grabs As we mentioned above, these two sides play off annually for the Frank Hyde Shield.
Played across two legs, both home and away, the Bears are the current holders of the Frank Hyde Shield, and are in the box seat to retain it following their 24-12 victory over the Jets at Henson Park earlier in the season.
For all of you out there that are maths wizzes like me, this means the Jets need a 13 points or greater victory on Saturday to take back the Shield.
Not impossible, but you would have to fancy the Bears at this stage.
Prediction: Should come down to the wire but the Bears can get the points.
Bears by 2.