Whatever coach Matt Lantry said to his charges at half-time worked a treat after the Maitland Pickers stormed to a 42-12 victory over The Entrance Tigers at the Maitland Sportsground on Saturday.
With the sides locked at 12-all, the Tooheys Newcastle Rugby League (Real NRL) round six encounter was anyone’s for the taking following an entertaining opening period.
But, the Pickers then flicked the switched and ran in 30 unanswered points in 40 minutes.
Despite Carl Randall (5th) grabbing an early try, the Tigers stunned the hosts to lead 12-6 courtesy of four-pointers to Matthew Killick (13th) and Jyris Glamuzina (19th), plus two goals to the former.
However, that’s as close as they got to Maitland.
Livewire fullback Daniel Langbridge side-stepped his way to the line, and when Brock Lamb converted, the teams went into the sheds 12-all.
The second stanza was a different story.
With Matt Soper-Lawler grabbing a double (46th, 66th), and James Taylor (61st), Ben Ireland (71st) and winger Perry Le Brocque (75th) diving over, the Pickers were unstoppable.
For good measure, Lamb was on target all afternoon, maintaining a 100% strike rate.
The Wyong Roos secured a vital 36-4 win over the Kurri Kurri Bulldogs at the Kurri Kurri Sportsground.
The home side was far from disgraced and only trailed 12-4 at the break.
Lincoln Tubridy (24th) and Lachlan Hanneghan (34th) posted Wyong’s tries, with the latter booting a couple of goals.
Jarred Anderson (28th) was Kurri Kurri’s lone scorer.
The Roos then went on with the job, as Terence Seuseu (55th, 66th), Cody Boyle (75th) and Blake Andrews (79th) crossed.
Hanneghan piloted the ball through the uprights another four times.
On Sunday 2 May, the Macquarie Scorpions continued their winning ways at the expense of the Lakes United Seagulls 36-22 at Cahill Oval.
The competition frontrunners began strongly with Callum Briggs and Liam Higgins both touching down by the 10-minute mark, converted by Kerrod Holland, to lead 12-0.
The Seagulls responded via Jake O’Meley (17th) and Ryan Potts (20th) and a goal to Matt Cooper to trail 12-10.
But, Macquarie restored order through Ro Buaserau (25th) and Holland (37th), who converted both, to surge ahead 24-10.
Lakes United reduced the margin to 24-22 when Temple Kalepo (43rd) and Bradley Calder (62nd) crossed, and a couple of goals to Joel Edwards, to set up a grandstand finish.
The Scorpions, however, maintained their composure to secure a triumph, courtesy of Campbell Sheppard (68th) and Joe Woodbury (75th).
Holland made no mistake with the late shots at goal.
A second half blitz saw the Central Newcastle Butcher Boys upstage the Cessnock Goannas 32-18 at St Johns Oval.
The defending premiers led 18-8 – with Tyrone Roberts-Davis snaring a double – at the interval but didn’t bother the scorer again.
On the other side of the ledger, the Butcher Boys posted 30 points in 41 minutes, with Cameron Anderson crossing just before the break.
Afterwards, Dom Murphy (47th), Kurt Donoghoe (63rd), Anderson (70th) and Tyler Doney (74th) made their rivals pay.
The South Newcastle Lions claimed their first scalp of the season, beating the Western Suburbs Rosellas 18-16 at Harker Oval.
A pair of tries to Corey Brown (5th, 27th), and another to Mitchell Black (37th), as well as three Jason Keelan conversions, led the charge for the Lions.
For the unlucky Rosellas, Roman Fepuleai, Patrick Achurch and Christian Ma’anaima dived over, with Michael Hendry landing two goals.
2021 Tooheys Newcastle Rugby League
NSWRL Denton Cup
(round six results)
Maitland Pickers 42 (Matt Soper-Lawler 2, Carl Randall, Daniel Langbridge, James Taylor, Ben Ireland, Perry Le Brocque tries; Brock Lamb 7 goals) defeated The Entrance Tigers 12 (Matthew Killick, Jyris Glamuzina tries; Killick 2 goals)
Wyong Roos 36 (Terence Seuseu 2, Lincoln Tubridy, Lachlan Hanneghan, Cody Boyle, Blake Andrews tries; Hanneghan 6 goals) defeated Kurri Kurri Bulldogs 4 (Jarred Anderson try)
Macquarie Scorpions 36 (Callan Briggs, Liam Higgins, Ro Buaserau, Kerrod Holland, Campbell Sheppard, Joe Woodbury tries; Holland 6 goals) defeated Lakes United Seagulls 22 (Jake O’Meley, Ryan Potts, Temple Kalepo, Bradley Calder tries; Joel Edwards 2, Matt Cooper goals)
Central Newcastle Butcher Boys 32 (Cameron Anderson 2, Dom Murphy, Kurt Donoghoe, Tyler Doney tries; Jack Kelly 3, Luke Walsh 3 goals) defeated Cessnock Goannas 18 (Tyrone Roberts-Davis 2, Billy Gilbert tries; Adrian Davis 3 goals)
South Newcastle Lions 18 (Corey Brown 2, Mitchell Black tries; Jason Keelan 3 goals) defeated Western Suburbs Rosellas 16 (Roman Fepuleai, Patrick Achurch, Christian Ma’anaima tries; Michael Hendry 2 goals)