The North Sydney Bears have made it four wins in a row in the NSW Cup this weekend, after demolishing the Newcastle Knights 52-20 at North Sydney Oval on Saturday in one of the best performances of the season for the resurgent Bears.
The ten tries to four effort saw Joel Reddy grab a hat-trick, John Olive a double, and four pointers to the likes of Daryl Millard, Jack Gosiewski, Angus Chricton, Darren Nicholls and Latrell Schaumkel, Nicholls also kicking six goals during proceedings.
But while it may have been raining tries at North Sydney Oval, an even more pleasing aspect of the win for Bears Coach, Ben Gardiner, would have been the dominant display in the middle of the likes of back-rowers Angus Crichton, Chris Grevsmuhl and Tulsa Saumamao.
The trio led from the front with their charges, allowing the side’s halves- plenty of space with which to work in.
Things didn’t start according to plan for the red and blacks after making a mistake in their opening set, giving the Knights first use of the ball deep inside their territory, and after a string of penalties, it would be the Knights who would grab first points on the back of that start.
But by half time, the Bears had more than clawed back – the side going into the sheds leading 22-8 after a re-focus.
A couple of tries just following half-time saw the Bears leading 38-8 with 20 minutes on the clock remaining, but not before Newcastle attempted to assert their authority on the match with some four-pointers of their own to narrow the gap to make it 46-20 with five minutes remaining.
But it would be the Bears who would have the last laugh, picking up their all-important fourth successive win to the tune of 52-20.
The win puts the Bears on equal 26 competition points on the NSW Cup ladder with the Knights and Bulldogs, meaning the side could jump as high as fifth next Sunday with victory over the Wyong Roos.
Bears 52 (Joel Reddy 3, John Olive 2, Daryl Millard, Jack Gosiewski, Angus Crichton, Darren Nicholls, Latrell Schaumkel tries; Darren Nicholls 6 goals)
Knights 20 (Peter Mata'utia, Carlos Tuimavave, Jaelen Feeney, Kerrod Holland tries; Kerrod Holland 2 goals)