NSW Cup Preview - Bears vs Bulldogs Sharks Stadium, Saturday 8th June 2013

North Sydney Bears vs Cronulla Sharks

Sharks Stadium, Saturday 8 June

Kick-off: 1pm


Summary:
The North Sydney Bears will be hoping to record their first win since round nine of the NSW Cup, when they take on the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs at Sharks Stadium on Saturday at 1pm.


The Bears showed promise in their loss to the table-topping Sharks last week despite missing mercurial halfback Luke Keary, who was rewarded for his good form with a first grade call-up.


Keary delivered a controlled performance for the Bunnies in round 13 of the NRL against the Knights and will also miss this weeks NSW Cup clash against the Dogs, leaving Bears halfback and captain Darren Nicholls with big shoes to fill.


Despite a rough patch, the Bears still cling to third spot on the NSW Cup ladder, just above the Newcastle Knights on for and against, but will be boosted by the addition of first graders Jason Clark and Justin Hunt. Hunt was named in first grade for the Bunnies last week but did not take the field.


Clark will be looking for a solid performance in the forwards alongside battering ram Tom Burgess, both of whom will no doubt cause plenty of damage to the Bulldogs line with their hard running, elusive footwork and stinging defence.


Talking Point: The Bulldogs have plenty to play for, with the club sitting equal last alongside Wyong and Manly. Although the Dogs boast a better for and against than both fellow cellar-dwellers, a loss could see them fall to take outright last place, while Norths could climb to second with a win.


Kick off is at 1pm at Sharks Stadium.