General 2014 NSW Cup Finals

Who do you think will win the NSW Cup?

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  • Illawarra Cutters

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  • Mounties

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  • Wests Tigers

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mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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No guarantee the Warriors will make it to the big dance so heres a thread to follow it regardless. Going to do some rewinding back to the Week 1 draw then move onto the results and highlights…

VB NSW Cup Previews - Finals Week One
Jamie Anderson - NSWRL Media
Thu 4th September, 03:00PM
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Wentworthville Magpies 50def. Newcastle Knights 32at Ringrose Park (Round 8b)

Newcastle Knights 34def. Wentworthville Magpies 14at Newcastle No.2 Sports Ground (Round 16)

Prediction: Tipping the Knights to win in another nail-biter. Knights by 2.


Penrith Panthers (1) Vs Illawarra Cutters (4)

Leichhardt Oval, Sunday, September 7
Kick-off: 12.00pm

Summary:
Having wrapped up the minor premiership over a month ago, you would have forgiven the Panthers for clocking off a bit and to have started focusing on the finals. But this didn’t happen as the Panthers reeled off five straight wins to finish the regular season following their shock loss to the Jets back in round 19. As a result, the Panthers finished the season on 44 competition points, eclipsing the record of 43 points set just last year by the eventual premiers in the Sharks. The Cutters should be fresh for this clash having had the bye last weekend, although they did lose three of their final four matches prior to that so perhaps the weeks break was a blessing in disguise leading into this clash against the Panthers. Despite going down in both previous meetings, the Cutters have given the Panthers a real run for their money on both occasions in 2014 and would rate themselves a real chance of knocking over the competition favourites. The Panthers received some good news last night when Tom Humble was found not guilty of a shoulder charge at the judiciary and is free to take his place in the side and Waqa Blake has also been named after playing in the Panthers Holden Cup side for the past few weeks. For the Cutters, Kyle Eather has moved into the six jersey to join Holden Cup TOTY member Drew Hutchison in the halves but they will be missing a few troops with players like Shane Pumipi and Kyle Stanley helping out in the NRL side for the final match of the year. The Panthers injury list has been talked about a lot in recent times but in some good news for Panthers fans, when NSWRL.com.au caught up with Kevin Kingston earlier in the week, he suggested that if the Panthers can get through to the preliminary final or obviously the grand final, his season, and career at the Panthers may not yet be over.

Mounties (5) Vs NZ Warriors (8)

Leichhardt Oval, Sunday, September 7
Kick-off: 2.00pm


Summary:
It’s do or die here when Mounties face off against the Warriors. In what was an amazing regular season, the Warriors secured their place inside the top eight in what was the final match of the season thanks to a 48-12 win over the Bears. The win was the Warriors first since round 20 when they accounted for Manly. At that stage the Warriors still looked a good chance of finishing in the top four, but after four successive losses, the Warriors only just ended up sneaking in. Mounties also spent plenty of time inside the top four during 2014 but despite winning four of their last six, Mounties have found themselves in a week one elimination final. Mounties fired up in the second half last week and accounted for the Sharks and will be hoping to continue the dominance that they have shown over the Warriors in 2014 as they have managed to pile on 84 points in their two meetings. Despite the Warriors indifferent form to finish the season, perhaps they played their way into some form last Sunday, and with nothing to lose, expect them to throw a few curveballs at their opponents on the weekend. In team news, Mounties will carry a near unchanged side into this weekend’s match and will be hopeful of progressing to week two when a number of players may become available. Mitch Cornish, Jeremy Hawkins and Matt McIlwrick to name a few could all be available next weekend if Mounties are able to overcome the Warriors. For the Warriors, Tangi Ropati replaces Jarrod Wilson and John Palavi comes in for Feleti Mateo who has been recalled to the NRL after starring in the Warriors win over the Bears.

Wests Tigers (6) Vs Wyong Roos (7)

Leichhardt Oval, Sunday, September 7
Kick-off: 4.00pm


Summary:
It’s all just a little bit of history repeating here as the Tigers and Roos are set to lock horns for the second consecutive week, and while the Roos season was on the line last Saturday, this time around, both sides know that there is no tomorrow. The Roos run to make the finals has been nothing short of amazing and their achievement to this point cannot be undersold. To win their last five matches, with four of those on the road against top eight opponents has been remarkable, and now that they have made their maiden finals series, look for the boys from the central coast to make some noise. For the Tigers, who were once sitting pretty inside the top four and being talked about as a real premiership threat, the season has obviously taken a turn for the worst off the back of a significant injury toll at the club. The Tigers will be hopeful of progressing here as at least five players named to play NRL this weekend could return next weekend if the Tigers can avoid elimination. Paul Fletcher was quite vocal following their ten point loss to the Roos last weekend and made it clear that the performance was nowhere near acceptable. Hopefully for the sake of their fans, the message has sunk in and they can give a better account of themselves this Sunday. We seem to say it every week of late but there are no injury concerns for Wyong and they will be at full strength once again on Sunday while Brenden Santi returns for the Tigers. There has been little between these two sides during their previous clashes in 2014 and you get the feeling that will be the case once again here.


WEEK 1 RESULTS

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mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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Fox has the game live. Should be on Sky yeah...?
Yep. Just seen this on the Warriors team list…

LIVE on Fox Sports 1 and Sky Sport NZ

Radio Coverage courtesy of Steele Sports Radio
(Link available viawww.steelesports.com.au)

Radio Coverage courtesy of 2GLF FM 89.3 (Link available via 893fm.com.au)

Sunday’s match between the Vodafone Warriors and Illawarra will be shown live on SKY Sport 2 at 8.10pm NZT.
 
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I'm guessing we're on the side of the draw that avoids the Panthers until the final. I think we can beat the Cutters, but they'll be fired up after getting trounced last week.
 
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May 18, 2012
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I'm guessing we're on the side of the draw that avoids the Panthers until the final. I think we can beat the Cutters, but they'll be fired up after getting trounced last week.

Cutters have a good backline and pack, I know nothing about there halves tho, Stanley at 13 is interesting and I rate there Kiwi Hooker Pumipi, he is good..I had to laugh at Rohan's 8 reserves
 

mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Dont get excited. Old picture. Ngani Laumape is not playing…

NSW CUP FINALS | NRL duo back
Richard Becht
Thu 11th September, 09:13PM
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Dominique Peyroux during a Vodafone Warriors training session. NRL Rugby League. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Thursday 4 September 2014. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/www.photosport.co.nz

Dominique Peyroux and Agnatius Paasi return to New South Wales Cup duty for the Vodafone Warriors’ week two elimination final against Illawarra at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday (6.10pm kick-off local time; 8.10pm NZT).

Peyroux lined up in the centres for the club’s last two NRL regular season games against Gold Coast and Penrith while Paasi was the NRL side’s 18th man against the Panthers last Sunday.

Peyroux is again in the centres against the Cutters while Paasi will start at loose forward with David Bhana, the starting No 13 last week, moving back to the interchange.

The rest of the starting pack is unchanged from the one used in last weekend’s opening finals week win over the Mounties.

With Peyroux in the centres, Carlos Tuimavave, a double try-scorer against the Mounties, switches to standoff replacing the now-unavailable Chad Townsend (Townsend would have been eligible for selection only if the Vodafone Warriors were in NRL finals action this week). Starting on the wing again will be Tangi Ropati, who last week became the 44th player used this season.

Coach Rohan Smith initially named an extended bench of eight.

With the lure of making the competition’s last four – and moving within one win of making the September 28 grand final – the Vodafone Warriors and Illawarra go into Sunday’s encounter at opposite ends of the form spectrum.

The Vodafone Warriors sneaked into the finals in eighth place with a last-day win over North Sydney while the Cutters ended the regular season in fourth spot.

The Vodafone Warriors belied their scratchy run last week by leaping to a 22-0 win and going on to beat the fifth-ranked Mounties 36-28 in their opening finals game (after conceding more than 40 points in each of their regular season losses to the Mounties).

The Cutters were out of sorts against minor premier Penrith as they slumped to a 6-42 loss last weekend, their third defeat on end and their fourth in their last five outings.

When the Vodafone Warriors and Illawarra met in the regular season they drew 12-12 at Eden Park before the Vodafone Warriors triumphed 35-28 at WIN Jubilee Oval.

No player has appeared in each of the Vodafone Warriors’ 25 matches so far this season but captain Steve Waetford has missed only one game while another seven players have featured 20 or more times.

The Vodafone Warriors have reached the finals at their first attempt with their own team in the NSW Cup. They previously joined forces with the Auckland Rugby League-owned Auckland Vulcans, a venture which most notably tasted finals football in 2011 going on to make the grand finals. The Vulcans were eliminated in the opening week of the finals last year.

Sunday’s match between the Vodafone Warriors and Illawarra will be shown live on SKY Sport 2 at 8.10pm NZT.

ILLAWARRA CUTTERS (4) v VODAFONE WARRIORS (8)

Leichhardt Oval, Sydney

6.10pm, Sunday, September 14

Referee: Adam Cassidy

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 STEVE WAETFORD (c)

2 TANGI ROPATI

3 DOMINIQUE PEYROUX

4 MICHAEL SIO

5 JARROD TUA

6 CARLOS TUIMAVAVE

7 SAM COOK

8 UPU POCHING

9 SILIVA HAVILI

10 SAM LOUSI

11 JOHN PALAVI

12 RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER

13 AGNATIUS PAASI

Interchange:

14 DAVID BHANA

15 ALBERT VETE

22 DANIEL PALAVI

17 ABRAHAM PAPALII

18 MICHAEL KI

20 ZEBASTIAN LUISI

21 HERMAN RETZLAFF

23 SAULA SOLOMONA

COACH: ROHAN SMITH
 

mt.wellington

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NSW CUP TEAMS – FINALS WEEK TWO
NSW Cup
September 10, 2014

The team line-ups for week two of the 2014 NSW Cup finals.

Wentworthville Magpies (3) Vs Wyong Roos (7)

Leichhardt Oval, Sunday, September 14
Kick-off: 4.00pm

MAGPIES: 1. Justin Hunt 2. Jake Butler-Fleming 3. KJ Mackenzie 4. Vai Toutai 5. Bureta Faraimo 6. Api Pewhairangi 7. Luke Kelly 8. Daniel Alvaro 9. Ben Jones 10. Isaac Maliota 11. Pat Mataele 12. Lorenzo Ma’afu 13. Lionel O’Mally 14. Sam Gorman 15. Nick Kassis 16. Joseph Ualesi 17. Danny Howard. Coach: Brett Cook

ROOS: 1. Mark Kheirallah 2. Dale Clacherty 3. Jay Florimo 4. Bennett Leslie 5. Damon Goolagong 6. Jono Ford 7. Brock Molan 8. Mark O’Meley 9. Mitch Williams © 10. Magnus Stromquist 11. Zane Tetevano 12. Tekina Vailea 13. Shaun Boss 14. Eloni Vunakece 15. Adam Shaw 16. Sam Bernstrom 17. Alex Langbridge. Coach: Rip Taylor

Illawarra Cutters (4) Vs NZ Warriors (8)
Leichhardt Oval, Sunday, September 14
Kick-off: 6.10pm

CUTTERS: 1. Kyle Eather 2. Yaw Kiti Glymin 3. Peter Mata’utia 4. Geoff Daniela 5. Tyron Cranston 6. Sam Duggan 7. Drew Hutchison 8. Shannon Wakeman 9. Shane Pumipi 10. Josh Ailaomai 11. Will Matthews 12. Junior Tia-Kilifi 13. Kyle Stanley 14. Joel Johnson 15. Willie Mataka 17. Jeff Moate 18. Rory O’Brien. Coach: Scott Logan

WARRIORS: 1. Steve Waetford (c) 2. Tangi Ropati 3. Dominique Peyroux 4. Michael Sio 5. Jarrod Tua 6. Carlos Tuimavave 7. Sam Cook 8. Upu Poching 9. Siliva Havili 10. Sam Lousi 11. John Palavi 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Agnatius Paasi 14. David Bhana 15. Albert Vete 17. Abraham Papalii 18. Michael Ki 20. Zebastian Luisi 21. Herman Retzlaff 22. Daniel Palavi 23. Saula Solomona. Coach: Rohan Smith

https://rugbyleagueweek.com.au/nsw-cup-teams-finals-week-two/
 

warriors4eva

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May 21, 2012
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is that michael sio the one who has also been playing hooker in the 20's at some stage and now he is a centre ? or have i got my names completely stuffed up
 

mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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Mt. Wellington, Auckland
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NSW CUP SEMI-FINAL RESULTS, PRELIMS SCHEDULE
NSW Cup
September 14, 2014

Results from the 2014 NSW Cup semi-finals and upcoming schedule for week three of the NSW Cup finals.

Wentworthville Magpies 29 (J.Hunt, J.Butler-Fleming, B.Faraimo, L.O’Mally, P.Mataele, A.Pewhairangi tries; L.Kelly 2 goals; L.Kelly field goal)
Wyong Roos 16 (D.Clacherty 2, D.Goolagong tries; M.Kheirallah 2 goals) at Leichhardt Oval.

Illawarra Cutters 29 (S.Wakeman 2, T.Cranston, P.Mata’utia, C.Runciman, W.Matthews tries; S.Duggan 2 goals; S.Duggan field goal)
NZ Warriors 12 (S.Lousi, R.Faitala-Mariner tries; S.Cook 2 goals) at Leichhardt Oval.

Both the Wyong Roos and the NZ Warriors have been eliminated from the finals series.

Schedule for week three of the NSW Cup finals series:

Penrith Panthers Vs Wentworthville Magpies, Leichhardt Oval, Sunday, Sept 21, 1.10pm

Newcastle Knights Vs Illawarra Cutters, Leichhardt Oval, Sunday, Sept 21, 3.10pm

https://rugbyleagueweek.com.au/nsw-cup-semi-final-results-prelims-schedule/
 

mt.wellington

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VB NSW Cup Previews - Preliminary Finals
Jamie Anderson - NSWRL Media
Thu 18th September, 03:00PM

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Penrith Panthers (1) Vs Wentworthville Magpies (3)
Leichhardt Oval, Sunday, September 21
Kick-off: 1.10pm
Referee: Adam Cassidy
Broadcast: LIVE on Fox Sports 1 and Sky Sport NZ
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of Hawkesbury Radio 89.9FM (Link available www.hawkesburyradio.com.au)
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of Steele Sports Radio (Link available via
www.steelesports.com.au)
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of 2GLF FM 89.3 (Link available via
893fm.com.au)

Summary:
The all-conquering Penrith Panthers are just one win away from a berth in the 2014 VB NSW Cup Grand Final, however their opponents in the Wentworthville Magpies will be out to spoil the party and nab their own place in the big dance come Sunday week. After a shaky start to the season that saw the Panthers drop their opening two games, they have gone on to win 21 of their next 23 matches, and the two losses in there were by six and one point respectively. As a result, the Panthers knocked off last year’s premiers, the Cronulla Sharks, season record of 43 competition points, finishing on 44. It has been an amazing season by any standards for the Panthers, but it will all count for nothing if they cannot get past a Magpies side that showed great resilience to force their way past Wyong last weekend. After kicking off their finals campaign with a less than inspiring performance against Newcastle back in week one, Wenty made the most of their top four finish by bouncing back and knocking over Wyong 29-16 last Sunday. Stars like Luke Kelly, Justin Hunt, Bureta Faraimo and Api Pewhairangi all showed class while workhorses like Isaac Maliota and Daniel Alvaro lead from the front. The Magpies will need more of the same this week as they look to defeat the Panthers for the first time in 2014, having lost both previous match ups. In team news, Api Pewhairangi moves to the centres for Wenty with Sam Gorman replacing him at five eighth, while for Penrith, Andy Saunders is the only change from the side that accounted for the Cutters back in week one of the finals, although we are hearing whispers that a couple of Panthers may be late inclusions, if not this week, then definitely for the Grand Final if they do happen to progress. Regardless of the result, these two sides have shown in their previous clashes to have a flair for fast and free flowing footy, so get to Leichhardt Oval nice and early for what should be an exciting way to kick off Preliminary Final day.

Prediction:
Given their roster and also their good record against the Magpies in 2014, it is hard not to tip the Panthers in what should be an entertaining affair. Panthers by 8.


Newcastle Knights (2) Vs Illawarra Cutters (4)
Leichhardt Oval, Sunday, September 21
Kick-off: 3.10pm
Referee: Liam Nicholls
Broadcast: LIVE on Fox Sports 1 and Sky Sport NZ
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of Steele Sports Radio (Link available viawww.steelesports.com.au)
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of 2GLF FM 89.3 (Link available via 893fm.com.au)


Summary: The Newcastle Knights will be out to progress to the VB NSW Cup Grand Final for the first time, having stumbled at the final hurdle in each of the last two seasons. Close losses to the Balmain Tigers (2012) and the Windsor Wolves (2013) have seen the Knights come up just short, but this 2014 side is arguably the clubs strongest in recent memory and best placed to see them progress. On the other side of the coin, the Cutters, in just their third season in the competition, are in uncharted territory. The Cutters finished sixth in 2012 but were knocked out in week one by eventual Premiers Newtown, while in 2013, the Cutters missed the finals altogether. The Cutters worked hard in 2014 for their top four finish and it paid dividends in a sense after they were afforded a second chance following their week one loss to the Panthers. The Cutters made the most of said opportunity last weekend and outplayed the Warriors in the second half to earn a shot against the Knights. Newcastle should be well rested having had the break after a first up win over Wenty, and with their side at full strength, there will be no excuses this time around. With Rick Stone moving into the VB NSW Cup coaching role following the arrival of Wayne Bennett in 2012, Stoney has done just about everything with this side other than taking them to the big dance, and it would be just rewards for him before he moves back into the top job in 2015 and Matt Lantry takes over the reins. In the other coach’s box, Scott Logan has done a great job since being thrust into the job mid-season. This promotion coincided with the Cutters losing their two first choice halves in Sam Williams (Super League) and Michael Witt (injury/retirement), however he wasn’t to be deterred and along with the likes of Sam Duggan and Drew Hutchison, has helped steer this team to within shouting distance of a spot in the Grand Final. As mentioned earlier, the Knights are at full strength with Travis Waddell, Chanel Mata’utia and Timana Tahu all rejoining the side after spending some time in the NRL during the concluding stages of the season. For the Cutters, the addition of Runciman, Matthews, Pumipi, Stanley and Mata’utia last week saw them look a far improved outfit, and they will carry an unchanged side into this encounter. These sides have split their two meetings thus far in 2014, with the home teams saluting on each occasion, so it is anybody’s guess what will happen here.
 
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