PREVIEW: Bears v Cutters - NSW Cup Rd 20
Bears v Cutters
North Sydney Oval
Saturday 25 July, 3:00pm
A win to the North Sydney Bears this Saturday at North Sydney Oval could see the side jump up significant positions on the NSWRL ladder after a mixed start to the season.
Currently sitting on 18 competition points, the Bears outfit is just two points behind this week’s opposition who currently sit in sixth spot with seven wins to their name.
The Bears will be looking to atone for a disappointing last round loss to the Wentworthville Magpies by 27-20 – the Magpies jumping out to a three-try lead early in the match from which the men in red and black struggled to recover from despite a spirited comeback.
Norths have plenty of extra incentive to get the win this week though, having gone down to the Cutters earlier in the season by a whopping 50-12.
However recent additions to the red and blacks – among them the instalment of Cody Walker and Darren Nicholls as the side’s halves, as well as the talents of Paul Carter (among others) – has seen Norths vastly improve, suggesting that this Round 20 clash will bear little resemblance to their last outing against the Cutters.
Rabbitohs first graders such as Daryl Millard, John Olive, Joel Reddy and Nathan Brown, will be among a range of red and green players to turn out for the Bears this weekend, adding to what is proving to be a determined outfit under the coaching of former Rabbitohs under 20s Coach, Ben Gardiner.
After leaking three tries early against the Magpies last week, expect a fierce opening from the Bears forwards as they look to assert their authority and get on the front foot early in the match.
Spotlight – Nathan Brown
In just seven first grade games for the Rabbitohs, Nathan Brown managed to make quite an impression with his incredibly hard charges with the ball, coupled with his determination in defence. Brown will start in the front row for the Bears this week alongside fellow prop, Zane Musgrove. Expect Brown to be in the thick of the action as he looks to cart the team up-field.