COWRA EAGLES versus BATHURST BULLDOGS at Cowra Rugby Ground
EAGLES: 1 Gabe Brown, 2 Joe Sullivan, 3 Evan Stanbridge, 4 Tim Berry, 5 Damo Michaels, 6 Ben Watt, 7 Will Turner, 8 Blake Tidswell, 9 Fergus Carney, 10 Bill Cummins, 11, Navitali Bola, 12 Jeremy Montgomery, 13 Vilikesa Koilagi, 13 Bill Cummins, 14 Hayden Cummins, 15 Alex Webster.
Coach: Col Kilby
BULLDOGS: 1 Joel Harper, 2 Matt Trapp, 3 Bailey Warren, 4 Dale Norris, 5 Sam Maher, 6 Tom Felsch, 7 Zach Taylor, 8 Peter Fitzsimmons, 9 Will Oldham, 10 Scott Johnston, 11 Harry Webber, 12 Hunter Davies, 13 Sione Naufahu, 14 Adam Plummer, 15 Josh Weekes.
COACH: Leslie M Berg
- RILEY KRAUSE: BULLDOGS BY 10.
Bulldogs came crashing back down to earth last week when they traveled to Dubbo. With another away trip on the cards, you would be a brave man to tip the boys from Bathurst. But I can't picture a team that knocked off the reigning premiers in round one, lose two in-a-row.
- JAKE HUMPHREYS: EAGLES BY 5.
Not single home team has lost so far in 2021, and I'm happy to ride that trend until it dies. Cowra were uncharacteristically poor in round one, but bounced back in a big way against an undermanned City side. It's hard to tell how underdone the Lions were in round two, but even then, you don't beat a team 43-7 by accident. Bulldogs have showed vulnerability away from Ashwood Park, and I think they'll struggle on the road again.
ORANGE EMUS versus DUBBO KANGAROOS at Endeavour Oval
EMUS: 1 Digby Cooper, 2 Tom Rookyard, 3 Ant Carver, 4 Nick Hughes-Clapp, 5 Simon Badgery, 6 Jack Marchinton, 7 Sam Greatbatch, 8 Scott McLean, 9 Shahid Khalfan, 10 Gus Roberts, 11 Oscar Hunt, 12 Lachie Harris, 13 Nigel Staniforth (c), 14 Harry Cummins, 15 Jamil Khalfan.
COACH: Pete Bromley
KANGAROOS: 1 Sam Hunt, 2 Rohan Leach, 3 Andy Leathem, 4 Will Michell, 5 Ronan Scott, 6 Connor Burke, 7 Will Archer, 8 Sam Knaggs, 9 Hamish Gordon (C), 10 Tom Leary, 11 Claud Beitz, 12 Sam Gemmell, 13 Johnny Mafiti, 14 Logan Porch 15 Jake Styles.
RILEY KRAUSE: EMUS BY 10
They are back to their best after a week one hiccup, so there's no point in jumping ship now.
JAKE HUMPHREYS: EMUS BY 27
Bloodbath alert... Kangaroos laid it all on the line in a gripping home victory against Bulldogs, and after losing Tim Beach, have to travel to the graveyard. Emus won by 12 last week, but probably should have won by a lot more after falling right off in the second half. Pete Bromley won't be overly happy with the way they finished the game, and that will show in the later stages on Saturday.
FORBES PLATYPI versus ORANGE CITY at Grinsted Oval
PLATYPI:1 Charlie French, 2 Will Nash, 3 Nick Guise, 4 Brenton Howarth, 5 Andrew Hubbard, 6. Tom Menzies, 7 Tim Prior, 8 Rusi Lawanikula, 9 Miniti Tonga, 10 Mahe Fangupo, 11 Tom Maguire, 12 Andrew Saar, 13 Jack Hammond, 14 John Monk, 15 Daniel Sweeney.
COACH: Heamani Lavaka
LIONS: 1 Sia Nemani, 2 Josh Tremain, 3 Jimmy Ostini, 4 Kieran Bonin, 5 Tom Fenton, 6 Colin McGregor, 7 Harry Taberner, 8 Logan Buckley, 9 Dave McQueeny, 10 Traye Hodge, 11 Billy Thompson, 12 Lewis Dwyer, 13 Fletcher Rose, 14 Jack Connors, 15 Duncan Young.
COACH: Viv Paasi
RILEY KRAUSE: FORBES BY 6
This will be the tightest game of the round, but not a single home team has lost so far and after City's performance last week, I'm not expecting them to be the ones to change it.
JAKE HUMPHREYS: FORBES BY 13
More of the same from me. City will surely be more potent than they were in round two, but it's still not easy to win games at this venue.
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