In what is shaping as one of the matches of the round, an in form Vulcans side crosses the Tasman to take on a wounded Magpies outfit. After being a permanent fixture in the top two for most of the season, the Magpies have slipped to third following back to back losses at the hands of the Storm and the Bulldogs respectively.
The Vulcans will arrive at Campbelltown with high hopes as they are riding the wave of a four game winning streak and would fancy their chances of extending that to five. The Magpies continue to tinker with their halves after losing Nathan Waters (injured) and this week it will be Liam Ayoub’s turn in the number seven jersey while Magpies legend John Skandalis continues his latest comeback and will make his first run on appearance come Saturday. The Vulcans have lost playmakers Isaac John and Joel Moon to the Warriors in recent weeks but the stellar form of Pita Godinet at halfback continues to be the glue which holds this side together and he is being supported up front by a forward pack that is as creative as it is strong. The Magpies will be desperate to right the ship and perhaps some home cooking will be the recipe they require but it won’t be a given as this Vulcans team is full of confidence and an upset may be on the cards.
Western Suburbs Magpies Vs Auckland Vulcans
Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Saturday, June 12
Referee: Adam Gee