NRL VIC First Grade Round 14 Preview
Round 14 NRL Victoria First Grade Preview
Sunbury Tigers vs Doveton Steelers
Langama Park, Sunbury
30th July, 2016 – 2:45pm
Sunbury host Doveton on Saturday with the visitors looking to solidify their fourth place on the table attempting to hold out Altona Roosters. Doveton currently sit fourth in the table with a point gap between them and Altona. Sunbury have all but lost a finals chance with a 4 match losing slide dating back to May looking to be costly. Doveton centre Vince Lafaele will be aiming to continue his run of form with 11 tries in his last 5 matches rocketing him up to the lead of the First Grade top try scorer tally.
Altona Roosters vs Werribee Bears
Bruce Comben Reserve, Altona Meadows
30th July, 2016 – 3:00pm
Altona come into this clash in good form after three wins on the trot over Waverley, Titans and the Wolves, just what they need in their push for a 2016 finals spot. In their way though is Werribee, who bounced back from a loss against league leaders Casey in a strong way with a 42-22 victory over Northern Thunder last round. Werribee will be led by try scoring machines Redeem Saleupolu and Chase Hoare while Altona have done well to spread their tries around the side, with no player dominating their list, though Tevita Pomale scored 6 tries against Titans in a show of his talent.
The Bears now sit 2 points behind Casey with 3 matches left in the regular season, showing that this match will mean a lot to both sides. One team fighting for the minor premiership, the other fighting for a spot in the finals. This looks to be the match of the round!
Casey Warriors vs Northern Thunder
Casey Fields, Cranbourne East
30th July, 2016 – 3:30pm
Casey are currently the most in-form team of the competition and that is shown by a game in hand lead over second placed Werribee. In fact it is only Werribee that has been able to defeat Casey this season in their Round 3 encounter at Casey Fields. The Warriors will come into this match looking to keep Werribee at bay. Though that’s not exactly going to be simple for Casey. Northern Thunder are sitting in third on the 2016 ladder with a 5 point buffer between them and Casey. Thunder have been in impressive form as of late, with Round 13 being the first defeat after a 6 game undefeated streak. They will be looking to bounce back in style with a win over the pace-setters, but with a trip down to Cranbourne on the cards, will they have what it takes to put their name right amongst the list of title contenders? Thunder’s William Sila will be looking to continue his run of good form in the 2016 season whilst 2015 Player of The Year winner, Casey’s Pride Petterson-Robati is putting his name firmly in the running to go back-to-back with a great season so far in 2016.
North West Wolves vs Waverley Panthers
AJ Davis Reserve, Airport West
30th July, 2016 – 4:00pm
North West Wolves will be hosting Waverley Panthers on Saturday afternoon with both teams looking to play out the season for pride with neither team mathematically available to make finals. Both teams have been in poor form, with Wolves having lost their past 5, and Panthers losing 7 straight before thumping cellar-dwellers South Eastern Titans 48-10 in Round 13. Wolves have been led by Kardia Siaki who has scored 8 tries in a disappointing season for his club. Waverley’s best have Sireli Rauraro and Dillian Brittain.