Bears v Magpies
North Sydney Oval, Sunday 22 May
One team came away with a fairytale ending at a picturesque North Sydney Oval, while the other was demolished by the cellar-dwellers at Belmore; the game between 7th and 8th position shapes as an unpredictable affair on Sunday afternoon.
The Bears will be boosted by the inclusion of explosive dummy-half Damien Cook, who didn’t play in either grade last week. The hooker, however, has proven to many that he is NRL-worthy and his experience will be clear should he run out as named against the Magpies.
While North Sydney have displayed unconvincing form in recent weeks – which has included two one-point victories in their last three starts – Wentworthville remain in the midst of a crushing mid-season slump.
The black-and-whites now haven’t tasted victory since Round 5 and with the effects of Parramatta’s salary cap crisis flowing through the grades, they have faced significant difficulties on and off the field. Given the Magpies’ strong start to the year, of course, the two teams still remain neck-and-neck on the ladder and a win could see the Magpies leapfrog the Bears in Round 11.
This article first appeared on NSWRL.com.au.