General 2015 NSW Cup Finals Footy

Who will win the NSW Cup?

  • Mounties

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  • Wyong Roos

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  • Penrith Panthers

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  • NZ Warriors

    Votes: 8 61.5%
  • Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

    Votes: 1 7.7%
  • Manly Sea Eagles

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Newcastle Knights

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • North Sydney Bears

    Votes: 0 0.0%

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Finals started already this week. Preview is old but results to follow.

Previews | VB NSW Cup finals week 1
Matt Buxton
Fri 4th September, 09:30AM

Wyong Roos v Penrith Panthers: Roos hope to make it three in a row over Panthers

(Pepper Stadium, Saturday, 5 September, 12.40pm)

The Wyong Roos missed out on the minor premiership by a single point and will consequently take on the Penrith Panthers in a qualifying final this weekend at Pepper Stadium.

Despite the Panthers having the best defensive record in the competition, the Roos have had the wood on them in recent times – defeating them in rounds 16 and 18 by an accumulation of three points.

Roos’ 2015 recruit Omar Slaimankhel understands the tough task at hand and believes the Panthers will be playing for a little bit more than just a week off.

“I think (Penrith) will be really keen to beat us because we’ve had them twice at the bell,” said Slaimankhel.

“(I want to) come out this weekend and have a good game, it will be a tough game and it’s out at Penrith as well.”

Roos coach Rip Taylor admits that his side is probably unlucky to face a team who ranked lower than them on the ladder at their home ground due to logistical reasons, but maintains his side will have to be switched on no matter where they are playing.

Like Slaimankhel, Taylor believes his side took a lot out of those two close victories earlier in the year, and will take that into week one of the finals.

“We certainly know what we’re going to be up against,” said Taylor.

“Penrith on their home ground, we’ll have to turn up. They are a quality side and a quality club. Our focus will be obviously on Penrith and what we need to do to get that win.”

The advantage of a week off for the winning side is at stake, but the losing side will get the benefit of a second chance.

Taylor however, could certainly see both the advantages and disadvantages of having a week off.

“Every coach will tell you the same - if we get beaten we need to play on, if we win, yeah we need [the week off for bumps and bruises,” said Taylor.

This is set to be a tough encounter between the two clear best defensive sides in the competition.

Get down to Pepper Stadium to watch what should be an enthralling contest. Alternatively, the game will be shown live on Fox Sports 1 with a 12.40pm kickoff.

Mounties v New Zealand Warriors: Mounties look to build on Minor Premiership

(Belmore Oval, Saturday, 5 September, 2pm)

For the second week in a row, the Warriors take on Mounties, who were recently crowned minor premiers of 2015.

Mounties easily overcame the Warriors last week 36-10, but the physicality of the Warriors, mixed with their unpredictable style of play, has Mounties coach Steve Antonelli on high alert.

“(The Warriors) are very physical, put it that way,” said Antonelli.

“They’re big and physical, that’s probably something that we need to be a little bit better at. Defensively we were good last week, we only leaked 10 points through two kicks, so that’s probably our main concentration again this week, to work on our defence.”

As this is a first playing fourth match-up, the victorious team gets the advantage a week off while the losing side has the benefit of a second chance.

Antonelli was quick to highlight the advantages of getting a week off should they pick up a win against a tough Warriors outfit.

“I think so at this time of the year (a week of) would be good,” said Antonelli.

“Their bodies are starting to get a bit sore, a bit run down. So a week off, especially for my boys would be good.

“And it’s probably not something you look forward to but to achieve that would be a good thing to get a week off and rest up.”

While Mounties took a lot out of last week’s encounter, the Warriors certainly will be quick to fix their mistakes from the 26-point loss and hope to avenge that at Belmore Oval this Saturday.

The match will be the first of an exciting VB NSW Cup triple-header at Belmore Oval and an entertaining festival of Rugby League.

There are high stakes in this match, as the bottom four teams of the top eight are certainly no easy-beats, which means both teams will desperately battle for a one-way ticket to the preliminary finals with a win.

Manly Sea Eagles v Newcastle Knights: Knights aim for a good start

(Belmore Oval, Saturday, 5 September, 4pm)

The Newcastle Knights will take on the Manly Sea Eagles in remarkably the second Round 26 re-match of the week.

The Sea Eagles won that 38-24 showdown, and Knights coach Matt Lantry says his team will take out a lot from that loss into this week’s do-or-die match – where their season is on the line.

“We’ve got to get our defence right, that’s the big key,” said Lantry.

“If we can tidy up our defence we know we’ve got points in us. If we get that right, we can give ourselves every chance to win the game.

“They scored 38 points against us on the weekend. I thought we put ourselves in a position to still have a crack at the end of the game, we’ve got plenty of spirit within our team - we’ll keep fighting, we’ll keep competing.”

The Knights have some shaky form coming into the finals, winning three of their past six games – with two of those wins involving large comebacks at the death.

Conceding early points is a concern for Lantry this week and one of the main focus points against the Sea Eagles will certainly be getting off to a good start.

“It’s an attitude thing, we’ve been slow starters,” stated Lantry.

“Newtown 22-4, we had to come from behind; a month ago against the Dogs 34-12 we came back - if we can get our start right I think that’s they key thing.

“Our experienced players need to stand up, we need to be disciplined, we need to have the right attitude to win towards the defensive component and if we just go set for set with teams we’re happy to grind out a win too.

“Not always do we have to chase points. We’re happy to dig our heels in and play for field position and see what we can do with the footy when we get down that end.”

The Knights had a strong start to the year, while the Sea Eagles have finished the season in fine form– which makes for an exciting contest.

This match is do-or-die – one of these teams will play their final match of the season this Saturday at Belmore Oval.

Canterbury Bulldogs v North Sydney Bears: Two improving teams battle it out

(Belmore Oval, Saturday, 5 September, 6pm)

The Canterbury Bulldogs and North Sydney Bears did not play semi-finals in 2014, and the fact they face-up in the first week of finals is a testament to each clubs hard work in the 2015 season.

While some coaches would almost certainly under-hype the opportunity to play finals footy, Bears coach Ben Gardiner says his team is excited at the prospect of doing so.

“I think that a lot of this week for us is going to be worrying about ourselves and getting excited about playing semi final footy,” said Gardiner.

“Our club hasn’t played semi final footy for a couple of years, so getting our boys’ heads about that and dealing with the challenges of that because it’s a different style of footy semi-final footy.

“Preparing, thinking about us and what we’re going to do and what we need to do as a team is the key.”

While the focus will be on themselves early on, Gardiner understands the dangerous Bulldogs outfit cannot be ignored – as they are one of the most expansive teams in the competition.

“As the week goes along we’ll have a look at the Bulldogs,” said Gardiner.

“We’ll make sure we tick off our knowledge based points so we know what they’ve got in their team.”

The Bears have had a red-hot second half of the season, but are currently on a two-match losing streak.

Gardiner believes his team has to primarily work on ball control to avoid making it three losses in a row in this week’s must-win match against the Bulldogs.

“We’ve taken away from (the past two losses) that to win games, whether it’s semi-final games, competition games, trials or whatever it is, you need to hold onto the ball to win the match, we’ve spoken extensively about that,” said Gardiner.

“We’ve had a good look on how we’ve played and we’ve had a good look at our defence but, like I said, it’s about this week and what we’re doing this week and moving forward from there.”

This match features the competition try-scoring leader Tyrone Phillips from the Bulldogs, as well as dynamo five-eighth Cody Walker who has 17 tries himself.

There are attacking weapons across the park and on both sides of the field, so expect this match to be a high-scoring thriller.
FW1 Match Report | Roos v Panthers
Jesse Mullens
Sat 5th September, 03:00PM

BEST ON GROUND: Omar Slaimankhel secured the VB hard-earned man of the match following an outstanding performance.

The Wyong Roos have gone four straight by defeating the Penrith Panthers 28-10 in Week One of the VB NSW Cup Finals. The win, which earns the Roos a week off, came off the back of a Nathan Smith double but ultimately at a great cost when they lost Mitch Williams to an arm injury in the 48th minute.

The Roos have now won three straight games against Penrith, Round 16, Round 18 and now Week One of the finals. The Panthers, however, have another bite at the cherry next week.

Roos speedster Omar Slaimankhel was simply outstanding, scoring the last try of the game to seal the win and displaying amazing strength and agility throughout the match.

The game started the way Penrith wanted to as they came out of the blocks early, scoring in the fifth minute after Kieran Moss threw a cut-out pass for Malakai Watene-Zeleziniak to use his athletism with minimal room to score in the corner.

As the first half went on the Roos started to find their rhythm and scored two tries in the space of 15 minutes. Penrith had most of the possession in the last 10 minutes of the half but the Roos held off the pressure as they finished the half 12-6.

The second half saw Wyong run all over Penrith, scoring three tries to one after Penrith lost one of their hardest workers – Ben Murdoch Masila – who came off with concussion.

Rodney Coates was very strong for Penrith and proved hard to handle for the Wyong defenders. The Roos, however, didn’t relent and secured a well-constructed win orchestrated by their halves Tyler Cornish and Jono Ford much to the delight of their coach Rip Taylor.

Wyong Roos 28 (N Smith 2, O Slaimankhel, N Stapleton, T Cornish tries; Cornish 4 goals) bt Penrith Panthers 10 (E Aiono, M Zelezniak tries; S Scarlett goal)
FW1 Match Report | Mounties v Warriors
Matt Buxton
Sat 5th September, 04:00PM

ONE TO REMEMBER: Glen Buttriss and Josh McCrone congratulate each other after a very impression Finals Week One victory.

Mounties have built on their recent minor premiership success by completely blowing the New Zealand Warriors off the park 43-10.

The first half saw a fairly even contest in terms of field position and possession, but the second half was a 25-0 one-sided affair that consequently gives Mounties a one-way ticket to the preliminary finals.

Sam Duggan was outstanding for Mounties, while Jeff Lynch proved to be an extremely powerful asset off the bench with two tries.

The opening 10 minutes of the match was set for set, however the Warriors dominated the battle of field position as they had multiple attacking opportunities.

Mounties did not crack, and they were rewarded for their gallant defence when Mitch Cronin scored in their first attacking set courtesy of a Duggan pass.

Mounties received a penalty off the kickoff set, and further piled the pressure on the Warriors after a Josh McCrone grubber could not be handled by Simon Luafalealo and therefore caused a repeat set.

A try to Lynch immediately followed as he charged onto a ball and powered his way through the Warriors defence to plant the ball down under the posts and increase their lead to 12-0.

The Warriors hit back in the 26th minute with a beautiful right to left sweep that was perfectly finished by Ken Maumalo in the left corner.

Some excellent work by Cronin led to Mounties third try of the afternoon, as he very skillfully evaded a defender with a good step, and got the ball out to Stewart Mills who did incredibly well to finish in the corner.

The Warriors were gifted a try as Mounties were coming out of trouble, as a ball from dummy half was thrown into the head of the would-be ball carrier, and the ball re-bounded into the hands of Raymond Talimalie, who simply ran through a gap and planted the ball down.

That try meant that Mounties went into the halftime break with an 18-10 lead.

An explosive start to the second half led to consecutive mid-field scuffles, as well as Mitch Barnett being placed on report and Konrad Hurrell being sent to the sin bin.

Mounties received an offside penalty in their first real attacking opportunity of the second half in the 53rd minute, and Lynch immediately took advantage by charging through the defence on tackle one and scoring his second try of the day.

The experience of Glen Buttriss led to another Mounties try just five minutes later, as he took advantage of some lazy markers on the fifth tackle, put a grubber in for himself and offloaded to McCrone who was lingering in support to increase their lead to 30-10.

Mills believed he had his second try in the 66th minute after Barnett got a pass away after being illegally hit late, but the referee questionably did not allow the advantage to be played but instead award a penalty to Mounties.

It mattered little as Kyle O’Donnell crashed over off the following set thanks to a nice offload by Patrick Mago.

Mounties continued their second-half rampage through Rhys Kennedy, who caught the ball and planted it down to score a simple try after Glen Buttriss found the upright from dummy half with a smart kick.

A Sam Duggan field goal concluded the game; as Mounties now find themselves one win away from the Grand Final with that 43-10 victory.

Mounties 43 (J Lynch 2, S Mills, M Cronin, J McCrone, K O’Donnell, R Kennedy tries; S Duggan 7 goals; Duggan field goal) bt NZ Warriors 10 (K Maumalo, R Talimalie tries; M Hingano goal)
FW1 Match Report | Sea Eagles v Knights
Matt Buxton
Sat 5th September, 06:00PM

ON THE CHARGE: Manly just couldn't contain the Knights - or fullback Kerrod Holland - in their elimination finals match at Belmore.

Newcastle Knights successfully advanced to Week Two of the VB NSW Cup finals by convincingly defeating the Manly Sea Eagles 45-6.

Kerrod Holland was outstanding at fullback for the Knights, while Jaelen Feeney was a constant threat at halfback.

The defeat ends the Sea Eagles' season, who should be proud of their effort considering they were so low on the ladder halfway through the year.

The match began with Manly constantly on the attack, but the Knights defence had an answer for everything thrown at them.

In the 17th minute, a wonderful string of passes opened the account for the Knights. George Ndaira threw a perfect cutout pass for Ken Tofilau, who got the ball inside to Pat Mata’utia to set up a wonderful Danny Levi try.

They increased their lead to 12-0 just three minutes later after Feeney threw a nice inside ball to Luke Yates, who charged onto it into a gap and scored next to the posts.

The Sea Eagles finally hit back in the 25th minute when Holland misjudged an attacking bomb and Manaia Rudolph picked up the scraps and scored.

Holland immediately made up for his error shortly afterwards as he stepped through various defenders and ran away for a wonderful solo try to increase the Knights' lead to 18-6.

Newcastle increased their buffer on the stroke of halftime after a beautiful right to left shift put Honeti Tuha in space. He charged towards the line and beat various defenders before offloading for the try scorer to plant the ball down in the left corner.

The Sea Eagles went incredibly close to scoring after the fulltime buzzer, but a misdirected David Williams kick meant the halftime score remained 22-6 to the Knights.

Pat Mata’utia took an intercept inside the opening three minutes of the second half and ran 60 metres to score under the posts, which completely deflated the confidence of the Sea Eagles.

An inspirational piece of defensive work by Danny Levi denied Kurt Aldridge a certain try under the posts, before Dylan Kelly bombed a try the very next set when he could not handle a Rudolph grubber.

A perfect 40/20 from Feeney led to a Knights penalty adjacent to the posts on the following set, and they opted to take the two points on offer through Ndaira to make the score 30-6.

A swinging arm by James Hasson resulted in a mid-field penalty, and the Knights took full advantage of the field position through Tofilau who was on the end of a string of passes.

Holland kicked another penalty goal, before Feeney linked up with Chanel Mata’utia, who dummied and broke through the line with five minutes remaining, and then passed to Jacob Saifiti who increase the Knights lead to 44-6.

A Jaelen Feeney field goal on the fulltime siren completed the 45-6 victory, and will now face the Penrith Panthers in a sudden death semi-final next week.

Newcastle Knights 45 (D Levi, L Yates, P Mata’utia, L Fitzgibbon, K Tofiilau, J Safiti, K Holland tries; G Ndaira 4 goals, Holland 4 goals; J Feeney field goal) bt Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 6(M Rudolph try; K Aldridge goal)
What are the round two fixtures?
NSWRL website hasnt updated the week 2 fixtures but I'll post it up ASAP...

Is Stacey Jones able to call on RFM, Ikahihfo, Lino, Allwood, Wright, Lousi, Lisone and Peyroux for next week now the NRL team are done?
Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Matt Allwood, Sione Lousi, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Mason Lino and Dominique Peyroux are eligible. No Sam Lisone.

NSW Cup Finals Eligibility

a) A player will be eligible to play in the final series of matches in the competition in which he played the majority of or equal number of premiership games prior to the final series commencing.


b) The player has participated in a minimum of eight (8) premiership games in that competition prior to the final series commencing.


c) A player will be eligible to play in the final series providing the higher grade (NRL) is still competing in the NRL competition.
Schedule | VB NSW Cup Finals Week Two
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VB NSW Cup Finals Week Two

Sunday 13 September – Kogarah Oval

4pm – Penrith Panthers v Newcastle Knights

(Winner to play Mounties in Finals Week Three – Leichhardt 3:10pm Sunday 20 September)

6:10pm – NZ Warriors v Canterbury Bulldogs (Fox Sports)

(Winner to play Wyong in Finals Week Three – Leichhardt 1pm Sunday 20 September)

Winners of Finals Week Three clashes meet in the Grand Final.


Wyong Roos 28 (N Smith 2, O Slaimankhel, N Stapleton, T Cornish tries; Cornish 4 goals) bt Penrith Panthers 10 (E Aiono, M Zelezniak tries; S Scarlett goal)

Wyong progress to Week Three of VB NSW Cup Finals Series.

Mounties 43 (J Lynch 2, S Mills, M Cronin, J McCrone, K O’Donnell, R Kennedy tries; S Duggan 7 goals; Duggan field goal) bt NZ Warriors 10 (K Maumalo, R Talimalie tries; M Hingano goal)

Mounties progress to Week Three of VB NSW Cup Finals Series.

Newcastle Knights 45 (D Levi, L Yates, P Mata’utia, L Fitzgibbon, K Tofiilau, J Safiti, K Holland tries; G Ndaira 4 goals, Holland 4 goals; J Feeney field goal) bt Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 6(M Rudolph try; K Aldridge goal)

Manly eliminated from VB NSW Cup Finals Series.

Canterbury Bulldogs 22 (J Graham 2, P O’Hanlon, J McInally tries; L Dodd 3 goals) bt North Sydney Bears 4 (J Olive try)

North Sydney Bears eliminated from VB NSW Cup Finals Series.
Couldnt find one online so knocked this up on MS Paint. Hope it makes it a little clearer.

1 vs 4 and 3 vs 4
Winner goes straight through to Week 3
Loser plays bottom 4 winner in Week 2

5 vs 8 and 6 vs 7
Winner plays Week 2
Loser is eliminated

Week 2, 3 and 4 are all elimination games...

Should have a stronger team this week I'd go

1. Matthew Allwood
2. Ken Maumalo
3. Marata Niukore
4. Dominique Peyroux
5. Jarrod Tua
6. Ata Hingano
7. Mason Lino
8. Sione Lousi
9. Siliva Havili
10. Sebastian Ikahihifo
11. Raymond Faitala-Mariner
12. John Palavi (C)
13. David Bhana

14. Zac Tippins
15. Upu Poaching
16. James Bell
17. Sam Rapira

Unsure to whether all the players I've named are available
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Pretty strong team. Not sure about our props though...


The Vodafone Warriors have been boosted byh the inclusion of several NRL players for their elimination final against Canterbury-Bankstown on Sunday.


Jubilee Oval, Sydney
6.10pm, Sunday, September 12

1 Viliami KAVEINGA
4 Dominique PEYROUX
7 Mason LINO
8 Sebastine IKAHIHIFO
9 Siliva HAVILI
10 Sione LOUSI
11 John PALAVI (c)
13 David BHANA

15 James BELL
17 Paki AFU
18 Daniel PALAVI
Starting side looking on point. Bench looks pretty ugly though. Hopefully they get it done.
Starting side looking on point. Bench looks pretty ugly though. Hopefully they get it done.

I don't mind the bench- poching always goes good, bells not your typical looking athlete but he's a good footballer, tippins seems handy enough. Don't know much about afu tbh but for some reason it seems like he's been round for ages? what is his story?
Strong looking line up ! Let's hope we can go all way this time as just the idea of us playing QLD cup side on Grand Final Day seems too good to be true. If it happens I'm so hoping it's Papua New Guinea Hunters that we get to play against. That would be awesome ... :)
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Paki Afu, playing really well.
Heading to the Roosters for 2016.
Was a Junior Kiwi one time as a Doggies U/20 player.
Think he was on a mormon mission why he has been gone for a while.
Warriors Games Live on Foxtel 501
Under 20's v Roosters 5PM Sydney Time Friday Night.
NSW Cup v Bulldogs 6PM Sydney Time Sunday Night

Sunday Sky Sport 2 8:00pm NSW Cup
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