Monday, July 8, 2013

Rnd 14 - Ron Massey Cup - Match Review

A jubilant and vocal crowd was on hand to see Western Suburbs Magpies triumph over Blacktown Workers by 34 - 16 last Sunday at Campbelltown.

Wests took just ten minutes to open the afternoon’s scoring, with a clever last tackle move down a very short right side allowing Amanono Tovio to touch down. Five eight Eddie Paea added the extras from the sideline in very windy conditions.

Blacktown started to play an expansive game which saw Josh Frasier score in the corner after a sweeping backline movement. Kurt Horton was unsuccessful in converting the try. Wests up by two at the quarter mark. 

Both sides looked set to try and tough it out through an intense forward battle which gave the backs room to move. After another touch line raid, powerful centre three quarter Josh Davis dived over in the left hand corner. Eddie Paea pushed the conversion attempt wide, Wests leading 10 - 4 after 25 minutes.

Blacktown’s halves got the visitors deep into Magpie territory and on the last tackle; a grubber kick was put in behind the black and white defence. The ball rolled into the in goal area and Lota Fialli, showing good speed for a big man, was first to the ball. Kurt Horton slotted the goal and both teams were locked on ten points with as many minutes to the interval.

The forward battle was worth the price of admission and right on half time Adrian Ha’angana took the ball at pace and at the end of a strong run, he crossed the try line with five defenders holding onto him. Eddie Paea added the extras, the Magpies going to half time leading 16 - 10.

Blacktown was quick to register the first points of the second stanza, with Lota Fialli going over in almost identical fashion to Adrian Ha’angana. Kurt Horton levelled the scores from adjacent to the posts.

The flow of the game started to turn to the black and whites and Sam Aiga took full advantage after a receiving a short ball from Nathan Waters. Aiga crossed the line before advancing the ball closer to the goal posts. Eddie Paea’s conversion put Wests up 22 - 16 after 55 minutes.

Blacktown threw everything at the boys, but the Magpies defence held firm. When given another chance to attack, Dayne Craig ran from dummy half before off - loading a fantastic ball to Josh Davis who sprinted some 60 metres to score under the black dot. Paea converted from directly in front to put Wests up by a dozen.

Sam Aiga nearly wrapped the game up three minutes later but was tackled inches from the try line. The crowd thought he had scored but he was called for a double movement. 

In the closing stages of the game Blacktown continued to show great determination but could not crack the Wests Magpies line. The home team was rewarded two minutes from full time after another fine Dayne Craig pass found a flying Eddie Paea on his inside. Paea crossed near the posts before converting his own try, the Magpies running out 34-16 victors.

Blacktown will host Guildford next weekend at H E Laybutt Complex on Saturday, while Wests will make the trip up the F3 to face off against The Entrance on Sunday.

Leos best three– Dayne Craig, Adrian Ha’angana and Dean Rysko.

WESTERN SUBURBS 34 (Josh Davis 2, Sam Aiga, Adrian Ha’angana, Eddie Paea, Amanono Tovio tries; Eddie Paea 5 from 6) defeated BLACKTOWN 16 (Lota Fialli 2, Josh Frasier tries; Kurt Horton 2 from 3)

Penalties: Wests 3 Blacktown 6

Halftime score: Wests 16 Blacktown 10.


1. Sam Aiga
2. Tuiniua Paiaaua
18. Josh Davis
4. Tala Mapesone
5. Amanono Tovio
6. Eddie Paea
7. Nathan Waters
8. Dean Rysko
9. Dayne Craig
3. Jerome Mose
11. Mason Talolua
12. Tom Morrison
20. Adrian Haangana

10. Frederick Tevago
13. Sonny Bristow
15. David Atuau
16. Limoni Kamuta


1. Scott Buckley
2. Leslie Ngalaufe
3. Akeripa Tia Kilifi
14. Josh Frasier
5. Sako Dibeci
12. Kurt Horton
20. Harris Moleasi
8. Latu Fifita
9. Jake Attard
16. Willie Lafolafo
10. Chad Grant
11. Jake Shearer
13. Hamilton Valepua

15. Eddie To'o
17. David Andjelic
18. Lota Fialli
22. Paul Lolesio

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