Sunday, September 1, 2013

Rnd 22 - Ron Massey Cup - Match Review

Cabramatta sealed the Ron Massey Cup minor premiership with a tough 34-18 win over an injury-hit Western Suburbs at New Era Stadium. With a brace of players from the Newtown Jets taking advantage of their NSW Cup bye to run out with the Two Blues, Cabramatta opened the scoring with a try to Pierce Srasford after four minutes. Jason Gray added the extras to put Cabra ahead by 6-0.

Western Suburbs responded six minutes later to Dayne Craig, who pushed through the scrambling Cabra defence which had not recovered after a booming 80 metre intercept run by Sam Aiga. Michael Stevens locked the scores up from in front.

Cabramatta regained the lead on 19 minutes through Jason Gray as Western Suburbs were unable to deal with a Cabramatta bomb. Gray failed to convert his own try, the Two Blues up 10-6 at the quarter mark. The Two Blues extended their lead when Henry Taufaao ran onto a wonderful inside ball from Blake Cavallaro. Jason Gray added the two and Cabra led 16-6 after 28 minutes.

Cabramatta immediately added to their tally as a left side spread ended with James Trotter backing up on the inside to touch down, the Two Blues leading 22-6 after Jason Gray’s conversion.

Cabramatta coughed up the ball with a minute to the break and prepared their defence for a last minute onslaught from the black and white backline. However, proving that sometimes in life the simple things are best, Adrian Ha’angana picked up the ball from the scrum base and bolted 40 metres to score. Michael Stevens converted from in front, Wests trailing 22-12 at oranges.

Both sides sensed that Wests had started to develop some momentum and started the second half accordingly, Cabra desperate to take control back, while the Magpies sought to capitalise on the swing.

The game went more than 20 minutes into the second half before more points were posted in the form of a try to Cabramatta’s Ivan Penehe, who took advantage of an offload to bolt through the middle of the ruck. Jason Gray potted the two, Cabra ahead 28-12 with 15 minutes to go.

Wests needed to hit back quickly and four minutes later, a Nathan Waters chip kick was given up as being too big by everybody except by the barnstorming Nathan Scarano, who came from the clouds to pluck the ball out of the air to notch his second try of the season. Michael Stevens nailed the touchline conversion and Wests were back within 10 points with as many minutes on the clock.

Wests showed considerable attacking creativity and energy in their efforts to take the points, but these efforts proved their undoing as Jason Gray nabbed his second of the day with an intercept in the final minute. Gray converted from in front, sending Cabramatta out 34-18 victors.

Magpies coach Leo Epifania said the scoreboard was almost the only negative he could find in his team’s performance, as Wests were reduced to 16 men after 20 minutes, 14 men with 25 minutes remaining and then seeing out the final eight minutes with just 12 men. Epifania said his team played with a finals like intensity and showed enormous heart in the face of considerable adversity.

For the 2013 minor premiers, Blake Cavallaro, James Trotter and Pat Lennard were best, while for Wests, Dean Rysko, Adrian Ha’angana and Sonny Bristow dominated in a great battle of the forwards.

 Wests will now wait to see who they play in the elimination finals on Saturday 7 September 2013.

CABRAMATTA 34 (Jason Gray 2, Pierce Sarsford, Henry Taufaao, James Trotter, Ivan Penehe tries; Jason Gray 5 from 6) def WESTERN SUBURBS 18 (Dayne Craig, Adrian Ha’angana, Nathan Scarano tries; Michael Stevens 3 from 3). Penalties: Wests 5 Cabramatta 7. Halftime score: Wests 12 Cabramatta 22,

Western Suburbs
1. Sam Aiga
16. Nathan Scarano
2. Fusi Toutai
12. Tom Morrison
5. Amanono Tovio
6. Michael Stevens
7. Nathan Waters
22. Soni Paasi
9. Dayne Craig
10. Sonny Bristow
15. Mason Talolua
21. Adrian Ha’angana
8. Dean Rysko

11. Seffa Silafau
17. Nofoa Leapai
18. Frederick Tevaga
20. Daniel Rakvin

1. Don Thompson
2. Jason Gray
3. Ivan Penehe
4. Danny Barakat
5. Chris Taripo
20. James Trotter
7. Blake Cavallaro
8. Pat Lennard
9. Gus Jasmine
10. Ene Folau
11. Matt Hall
12. Nick Eshman
18. Pierce Sarsford

13. Henry Taufaao
16. Judaii Lavulu
17. Jerry Key
19. Fetongi Tuiavanu

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