The match opened with both sides failing to complete their first two sets before BNRU were awarded a penalty for holding down. BNRU's subsequent failure to find touch proved costly, with a basic backline movement resulting in a simple five on four overlap, with Jake Pearce on the end of the move to touch down wide out.
Magpies halfback Jai Karam pushed the conversion attempt wide to leave the Magpies up 4-0 after nine minutes.
The momentum in the match swung to Wests after Jake Pearce’s try, with consecutive penalties putting the Magpies on the attack before a dropped ball, one of many, stopped the flow.
Despite the halting of the momentum, Wests found themselves back on the attack on 16 minutes, with Leone Cama showing his opposite number a clean pair of heels with a fantastic left foot step to score under the posts.
From a much simpler position, Jai Karam was successful with his conversion, which saw Wests move out to a 10-0 lead.
BNRU had the last chance of the first quarter, but their bomb wide after the siren found the touchline on the full, leaving the Magpies up 10-0 at the first break.
The second quarter began with a Wests knock-on, compounded by a penalty which allowed BNRU to exert some early pressure.
After some poor handling from both sides, BNRU found themselves in a position to hoist a bomb to their right wing. A spectacular leap from Jerome Mose went unrewarded as BNRU picked up the loose ball to score in the north-eastern corner. A successful conversion saw BNRU claw back to 10-6 after 27 minutes.
Both sides looked to play some enterprising football from this point and a long kick on the last from Wests forced BNRU to return the ball from their own goal line, and BNRU made a real mark with the kick return going all of 115 metres for BNRU to touch down under the black dot. The simple conversion allowed BNRU to move ahead 12-10.
Two minutes out from half time and BNRU took advantage of some lazy marker defence with an inside pass to score a simple try in a simple position, with the successful conversion seeing BNRU go to half time ahead 18-10.
BNRU began the second half with a knock-on from the kick-off and Wests made them pay almost immediately. Some very sloppy defence on a very short blind side left plenty of room for Magpie dynamo winger Amanono Tovio to scoot in. Jai Karam missed an immensely difficult conversion attempt, leaving BNRU 18-14 up three minutes into the second half.
Four minutes later the Magpies were in again, a bustling run from five-eighth Nathan Rumsby seeing five BNRU defenders hanging on as he touched down. Leone Cama assumed the goalkicking duties with Jai Karam off the field, and Cama slotted a simple goal, allowing Wests to move ahead 20-18.
Three minutes later a cheeky little chip kick allowed Seffa Silafau to toe the ball through, with Jake Pearce on hand to claim his second try of the afternoon. Leone Cama added the extras from wide out to leave Wests 26-18 up after 51 minutes.
From there until three-quarter time, Wests and Burwood went error for error, with the Magpies being guilty of the most costly one, with a bouncing ball in-goal failing to be grounded properly. The third quarter saw another shutout, with the Magpies claiming the quarter 16-0 to be up 26-18 at the final break.
The final quarter saw a high tackle penalty go the Magpies way after three minutes, which backrower Kruse Robinson took advantage of, ploughing through three defenders to fall over the line for a four pointer. Jai Karam, returning to the field, guided his kick accurately through the posts, the Magpies ahead 32-18.
On the third tackle after the kick-off, Burwood conceded a penalty for holding down, and Wests took full advantage with a Farah-Marshall-Moltzen style passing interchange seeing fullback Brenton Cowan steaming on to the ball for a delightful try. Leone Cama’s conversion attempt was successful, pushing Wests out to a 38-18 lead with ten minutes to play.
A dropped ball compounded by a penalty allowed Burwood some quality possession and a right hand shift produced a try, although the conversion attempt swung wide.
With Wests up 38-22, the Magpies sought to give the ball some air and Burwood did well to knock down a pass to an unmarked centre on the western side. However, from the ensuing scrum, a second man play allowed Brenton Cowan to claim his second try of the afternoon. Leone Cama added the extras for Wests to lead 44-22 with three minutes to go.
The last three minutes saw plenty of lazy defence and loose passes, and it was lazy defence which allowed BNRU to stroll over out wide after a scrum win. A successful conversion after the full time siren left the Magpies up 44-28 at full time.
Handling errors punctuated the match on a very warm afternoon and coach Leo Epifania said that, although the standard of play left much to be desired, the match was very informative for him.
Wests could, however, take a major positive out of the match, with the first and third quarters providing a combined score of 26-0 to the Magpies.
The Magpies will take on Guildford next Sunday at Aubrey Keech Reserve, Hinchinbrook, with kick-off at 1-45pm.
WESTS 44 (Pearce 2, Cowan 2, Cama, Tovio, Robinson, Rumsby tries; Karam 2 from 4, Cama 4 from 4) def BUWOOD-NORTH RYDE UNITED 28.
Quartertime: Wests 10-0
Halftime: BNRU 18-10
Threequartertime: Wests 26-18
PLAYERS USED: Brenton Cowan, Jerome Moser, Ratu Cuanilawa, Jake Pearce, Leone Cama, Amanono Tovio, Nathan Rumsby, Jai Karam, Dean Rysko, Uati Isaako, Kruse Robinson, Mason Harrison, Adrian Vengan, Jame Anyszkiewics, Levi Tupu, Richard Ene, Matt Jones, Mohamed Mahfoud, Rhys Norman, Rolland Gloss, Tom Morrison, Paula Fangaloka, Seffa Silafau.
OAMPS Pre-season Cup Results Round 2
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Perhaps the most interesting of the Round is the 22-all draw between arch rivals Cabramatta and Mounties as well as defending champs, Windsor’s 38-22 win over The Entrance Tigers.
Results from Round 2 of the OAMPS Preseason Cup for Ron Massey Cup
Western Suburbs Magpies 46 def. Burwood Nth Ryde 28
Auburn Warriors 38 def. Wentworthville Magpies 36
Kingsgrove Colts 32 def. Blacktown Workers 18
Asquith Magpies 42 def. Guldford Owls 18
Windsor Wolves 38 def. The Entrance Tigers 22
Cabramatta 22 drew with Mounties 22
Results from Round 2 of the OAMPS Preseason Cup for True Blue Chemicals Sydney Shield
Wentworthville Magpies 32 def. Auburn Warriors 18
Blacktown Workers 18 def. Kingsgrove Colts 12
Guildford Owls 54 def. Asquith magpies 10
Hills District Bulls 34 def. Belrose Eagles 10
Mounties 58 def. Cabramatta 6