North Sydney produced a timely and superb win against South Sydney at North Sydney Oval on Friday night, with magnificent try line defence keeping the Bunnies scoreless for the full 80 minutes. Off the back of last week's second half performance against Penrith, where the Bears also held their opposition to nil, Coach Gary Freeman thought his team was "courageous and outstanding in the conditions".
Former Bear and now Melbourne Storm player Alex Chan lead the impenetrable force field that meet Souths every time they came near the Bears line, which to the Bunnies credit was numerous times. But in reality Souths had a snow's chance in hell, as the likes of Alex Chan, Michael Harper, Matt Thurston, Ben Ellis and Wayne McDade upended, chopped down and pummelled Souths in constant rain and slippery conditions.
But the Bears didn't restrain their attack either in the pouring rain, often going for the offload and that extra pass. Alex Chan scored first in the opening minutes of the match and Chris Tuatara intercepted the pill and ran 70 metres to score. John Russell looked dangerous in defence and attack and Aaron Heremaia (pictured) had a stunning kicking game in atrocious conditions.
Afterwards Gary Freeman told his team "you all played really well as a team. You were courageous and outstanding and you have shown me what a great team you have developed into".
This great team now faces the Bulldogs at the Showground at Homebush Bay on Saturday 2nd July at 3:40 p.m. Be there!
NORTH SYDNEY 14 (Alex Chan, Chris Tuatara tries; Richard Retimana 3 goals) defeated SOUTH SYDNEY 0.