Trial - Wests v Cabramatta match report
Although on the wrong end of the scores in each period, coach Trevor Schodel says he is very happy with the hit out against the 2011 Bundaberg Cup champions and has identified areas in the squad he believes can be strengthened. The games were played in 2 x 30 mins and 1 x 40 mins periods with Cabramatta winning the first period 16 to 6, the second period 16 to 4 and the third period 12 to 8. Cabramatta were able to bring 3 strong squads to the game compared to Wests 2 squads which were missing some key personell in the backs including their leading try scorer from last week's International 9's - Sharlon Taki and all their big front rowers including Eddie Sua.
The magpies certainly missed their big men up front and lacked that go forward at times.There was plenty dropped balls, forced passes and missed tackles from both sides that resulted in tries. Wests showed speed in the backs and there was a superb 50m intercept try by former Oaks winger Nick Sbezzi in the second period. Mick Lekkas in the centres showed he will push for selection in the top side with some good runs and offloads and was rewarded with a try late in the third period.
Minto Cobras 2011 A Grade premiership winning centre, Aaron Teariki made some big hits during his time on field and will be a key man in Trevor's plans for the season ahead. Former Campbelltown Eagles second rower Tom Morrison had a solid game and was sin binned late in the second period after a scuffle with his opponent.
Another to impress was second rower Buck Hall, who came over from New Zealand this week looking for a chance to showcase his wares.
The halves Trent Touma, Chris Hay and Nigel Millgate showed during the 3 periods that they will form a good combination with their outside men.
This week, Trevor will sift through the squad for the final trial which will be played on saturday 18th March against Manly at Brookvale. From there he will pick his final squad for the up coming season.