Western Suburbs went down 12-10 to Guildford in a game played in incredibly difficult conditions at McCredie Park last Sunday.
Grey skies opened up before kick-off, ensuring a grinding game dominated by conservative football.
Suburbs opened the scoring after thirteen error and penalty riddled
minutes, as a series of long passes saw Rusty Bristow power his way
over. Dayne Craig pulled the conversion attempt wide, leaving the
Magpies up 4-0.
Guildford had a great chance to equalise five
minutes later, but rather than put the ball through the hands, the Owls
kicked on the second tackle, Jerome Mose on hand to clean up.
added their second after 24 minutes after a Guildford error, as Shane
Lalogafau juggled his way over the line for a 10-0 lead, Dayne Craig
successful with the kick.
The next decent scoring chance of the
first half fell to Wests, as a series of Guildford errors gave the black
and whites good field position. However, the Owls marker defence held
firm as Soni Paasi attempted to burrow his way over on the last tackle,
just a metre from the Guildford line.
Guildford capitalised on
an intercept by earning an offside penalty, and a patient buildup saw
William Butler step his way over the line. The conversion attempt from
the touchline proved anything but difficult from Jason Gray, the kick
successful right on the buzzer, Wests heading to the sheds up 10-6.
attacked early in the second half only to see their pass knocked down
by Wests, however the Magpies failed to clean up their error, Guildford
sending the ball through several hands until Mark Daoud stepped his way
over to score next to the posts, with Jason Gray putting Guildford ahead
Wests almost found their way through themselves ten
minutes into the second half, with Michael Stevens putting a banana kick
in for Daniel Abou-Sleiman, however Jarrod Clark was back to clean up
for the home side.
A Guildford error in their own red zone gave
Wests another great chance on 58 minutes, but the Magpies passing
movement found its way into touch. Five minutes later another Wests
attacking chance was snuffed out by strong Owls defence, as Jason Gray
toed the ball forward to halfway.
Both sides looked to the skies
to get across the line, but Guildford’s bomb travelled dead, while Wests
were unable to offload after marking their own kick.
backline move allowed Junior Vaivai to toe the ball through, forcing a
knock-on from Jason Gray. The Magpies forced a drop-out from the ensuing
set, setting up a grandstand finish with 70 seconds on the clock,
however the Magpies were unable to capitalise, Guildford shutting Wests
out in the second half.
Tunui Maurangi, Nu Akeripa and Shane
Lalogafau led the way for Wests, while Guildford’s best included Mark
Daoud and the Ellis brothers.
GUILDFORD 12 (William Butler,
Mark Daoud tries; Jason Gray 2 from 2) def WESTERN SUBURBS 10 (Rusty
Bristow, Shane Lalogafau tries; Dayne Craig 1 from 2)
Penalties: Wests 6 Guildford 7
Halftime: Wests 10 Guildford 6
1. Daniel Abou-Sleiman
2. Tala Mapesone
15. Sam Aiga
4. Junior Vaivai
5. Jerome Mose
6. Jack Madden
7. Michael Stevens
13. Tunui Maurangi
9. Dayne Craig
10. Soni Paasi
11. Nu Akeripa
12. Shane Lalogafau
3. Rusty Bristow
8. Elimileki Taumalolo
14. David Atuau
16. Ronnie Palumbo
18. Dwayne Lemafa
1. Jason Gray
2. Leva Li
3. Harmony Hunt
4. William Butler
5. Suliasi Suli
6. Mark Daoud
7. Sean McGuiness
8. Paul Tuigamala
9. Ben Ellis
10. Casey Ellis
11. Dylan McKeown
12. Chris Saab
13. Luke Fahey
14. Nayven Taouk
15. Jack Cahill
16. Lachlan Roe
18. Jarrod Clark