Bears Down Illawarra With Second-Half Blitz
The North Sydney Bears snapped their two-game losing streak in the Intrust Super Premiership NSW when they defeated an error-riddled Illawarra 23-10 in their match at Nowra Showground this afternoon.
The win keeps the Bears safely inside the top four for the moment as a four-point gap has now opened up to the rest of the the top eight as a result.
Showing more purpose in attack than they have in recent weeks, the Bears opened the scoring in the 11th minute when a clever Eli Levido cross-kick evaded Illawarra fullback Matt Dufty – allowing former Queensland State of Origin winger Dane Nielsen to pounce for his first try.
Illawarra had an early chance soon afterwards when centre Tyrell Fuimaono lost the ball at the end of a long right-side break, before Norths mounted extended pressure inside Illawarra’s defensive 20 metre area.