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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

GALLERY: Real NRL back in action

The Entrance Tigers served notice they would be a force to be reckoned with in the Tooheys Newcastle Rugby League (Real NRL), knocking over the Macquarie Scorpions 22-12 at EDSACC Oval on Sunday.

The Central Coast powerhouse, making its debut in the NSWRL Denton Cup, trailed at the break but overpowered its more experienced rivals to secure a handy win in the opening round.

The Scorpions began in fine fashion with Royce Geoffrey diving over in the 12th minute.

The Tigers replied soon after with Will Pearsall touching down to hit the front 6-4, thanks to Josh Mantellato’s conversion.

But, Joe Woodbury gave Macquarie the lead again at 8-6 when he crossed the line.

The Scorpions’ joy was soon short-lived.

After the interval, Ryan Doherty (42nd minute), Lachlan Bell (58) and James Duchatel (64th), plus another two Mantellato goals, saw The Entrance surge to a 22-8 advantage.

Woodbury bagged a consolation try to reduce the gap to 22-12.

At Bill Hicks Oval, on Saturday, the Wyong Roos pipped the Central Newcastle Butcher Boys 18-16.

In a topsy-turvy first half, the Roos marched to an 18-0 lead courtesy of four-pointers to Lincoln Tubridy (1st) and a double to Aaiden Wright (8th, 15th).

Lachlan Hanneghan and Tubridy landed two and one goal respectively.

However, the Butcher Boys played themselves back into the match.

In a dazzling six-minute period, Fuaimamao Uta (31st), Uiti Baker (35th) and Dylan Phythian (37th), and a couple of conversions to Jack Kelly, reduced the margin to 18-16.

However, despite a whole-hearted effort by both line-ups after half-time, neither could score another point.

At the Cessnock Sportsground, the hosts proved too good for the South Newcastle Lions 34-16.

With centre Tyronne Roberts-Davis starring, the Goannas relied on Gerome Burns, Reed Hugo, Cameron King, Josh Griffiths, Harry O’Brien and Harvey Neville to post tries.

Adrian Davis kicked four goals, with Roberts-Davis securing the other.

For the Lions, Lewis Hamilton, Ethan Fowles and Jarrod Flanagan scored, as Harry Croker kicked two conversions.

The clashes involving the Lakes United Seagulls and Western Suburbs Rosellas; and Kurri Kurri Bulldogs and Maitland Pickers were both postponed.

2021 Tooheys Newcastle Rugby League

Round one results:

NSWRL Denton Cup

Cessnock Goannas d South Newcastle Lions 34-16

Wyong Roos d Central Newcastle Butcher Boys 18-16

The Entrance Tigers d Macquarie Scorpions 22-12

Lakes United Seagulls v Western Suburbs Rosellas postponed

Kurri Kurri Bulldogs v Maitland Pickers postponed

Reserve grade

Cessnock Goannas d South Newcastle Lions 26-24

Northern Hawks drew with Central Newcastle Butcher Boys 22-all

Lakes United Seagulls v Western Suburbs Rosellas postponed

Kurri Kurri Bulldogs v Maitland Pickers postponed

Under-19s

South Newcastle Lions d Cessnock Goannas 19-12

Northern Hawks d Central Newcastle Butcher Boys 20-16

Lakes United Seagulls v Western Suburbs Rosellas postponed

Kurri Kurri Bulldogs v Maitland Pickers postponed

Round two draw:

NSWRL Denton Cup

  • Thursday 1 April

6.45pm: Cessnock Goannas v Western Suburbs Rosellas at Cessnock Sportsground

  • Friday 2 April

3pm: The Entrance Tigers v Lakes United Seagulls at EDSACC Oval

3pm: Kurri Kurri Bulldogs v Central Newcastle Butcher Boys at Kurri Kurri Sportsground

  • Saturday 3 April

3pm: Wyong Roos v Maitland Pickers at Morry Breen Oval

3pm: South Newcastle Lions v Macquarie Scorpions at Townson Oval

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