A try to Canterbury with only a few seconds left on the clock has cost the North Sydney Bears a win at the Sydney Showground. The Bulldogs scored in the 79th minute to level the scores at 30 all and with the successful conversion the Bulldogs won 32-30. Even more costly than the Bears last minute lapse in defence was a try to the Bulldogs 17 minutes earlier where the Bulldogs scored despite seemingly being pushed into touch and knocking on during the lead up.
But before the disappointment was a stunning display by the Bears proving to all that they are one of the most exciting teams in the League. Richard Retimana began his successful day with a great conversion after John Russell scored in the opening minutes. Richard then proceeded to successfully convert all 4 remaining tries - 5 in all. Andrew Moodie who played a large part of the match at fullback after John Russell injured his ankle after 25 minutes dazzled with his kick returns and had many a strong run. Chris Tuatara looked dangerous every time he had the ball. Alex Chan and Kyle Arnold led the forwards from the word go and were ably supported by Anthony Kiro (pictured) and Wayne McDade who were tough and afraid of no one in defence. The strong upfront performance was balanced by a superb kicking and passing game from Aaron Heremaia repeating his great form from the Bears win over the Rabbitohs the week before. While disappointed by the late minute lapse Coach Gary Freeman was still positive, "there are 8 more matches and one bye for us yet to be played - we're still in it!"
Tries: John Russell, Luke Fatnowna, Aaron Heremaia, Anthony Kiro, Ben Kalcina. Goals: Richard Retimana 5.