Monday, June 30, 2014

Rnd 14 - Ron Massey Cup - Match Review

Western Suburbs concluded their massive seven game home stand last Saturday with a disappointing 44-22 loss to Guildford at Campbelltown Stadium.

Three penalties gave Guildford an ideal opportunity to post first points, and Paula Kaufusi took full toll, crashing over next to the sticks. Jason Grey slotted the simple kick and, after five minutes, Guildford led 6-0.

A Wests bomb almost saw Jason Grey put back in goal by the Magpies defence. However, the Owls quickly turned defence into attack, a glorious passing chain seeing Jason Grey go over 95 metres downfield from where the play started. Grey’s attempt at conversion of his own try found the metalwork, the Owls holding a 10-0 advantage.

Wests could not get their hands on the ball and Guildford used their possession well, Leva Li touching down in the right corner off a deep backline move. Jason Grey pushed his kick wide, the Owls with a commanding 14-0 lead just before the quarter mark.

Guildford were finding success out wide, and Leva Li pushed through some arm tackles inside his own half and put on a massive step to beat Sam Aiga on a 75 metre march t the line. Jason Grey slotted the simple kick, and Guildford were out to 20-0 after 23 minutes.

Wests had several chances to get on the board, but it was only off the back of consecutive penalties that they were able to take advantage, A Jack Madden grubber finding Sam Aiga flying through to touch down. Dayne Craig’s kick split the uprights, and at the interval, Guildford led 20-6.

Both sides opened the second half with plenty of expansive football and end to end action. It was the visitors who posted first points, though, as a loose pass was scooped up and Shane Hunt flew on to an inside ball to touch down. Jason Grey converted from in front, Guildford skipping out to 26-6.

Guildford could do no wrong as a dropped ball went backwards, wide passes finding Leva Li who went 50 metres to record his hat trick. Jason Grey nailed the conversion for a 32-6 lead after 54 minutes.

Wests needed some inspiration, and who better than the captain to provide, as Dayne Craig grubbered for himself to score. For good measure, Craig converted his own try from in front, reducing the Guildford lead to 20 after 57 minutes.

Wests needed a try and found one, Rusty Bristow putting Daniel Abou-Sleiman away down the left wing, Abou-Sleiman returning the favour with an inside ball for Bristow to touch down. Dayne Craig landed the kick, the lead down to 14 points with 17 minutes remaining.

Guildford snuffed out any Magpie comeback with ten minutes remaining, a grubber put down by Wests, scooped up by Jason Grey. Grey converted his own try for good measure, and a 38-18 lead with eight minutes remaining.

Wests would not submit though, and consecutive penalties set up a goal line raid, Jacob Folent reaching out through four defenders to touch down. Dayne Craig rushed the kick and pushed it wide, Guildford holding a 38-22 advantage with five minutes remaining.

Wests desperately sought to grab another try, but a ball out the back went loose, Tui Oloapu rushing through to pick up the scraps and rush 20 metres to score under the posts. Grey’s conversion made the score 44-22.

WESTERN SUBURBS 22 (Sam Aiga, Dayne Craig, Rusty Bristow, Jacob Folent tries; Dayne Craig 3 from 4)
GUILDFORD 44 (Leva Li 3, Jason Grey 2, Paula Kaufusi, Shane Hunt, Tui Oloapu tries; Jason Grey 6 from 8)

Penalties: Wests 5 Guildford 5

Halftime: Wests 6 Guildford 20


1. Sam Aiga
2. Daniel Abou-Sleiman
3. Rusty Bristow
4. Nu Akeripa
5. Brenton Cowan
6. Jacob Folent
7. Jack Madden
8. Elimileki Taumalolo
9. Dayne Craig
10. Tunui Maurangi
11. Andrew Vela
12. Shane Lalogafau
24. Andy Fiagatusa

13. Luke Williams
15. Inno Inosesio
18. Sonny Bristow
19. Tom Morrison


1. Shane Hunt
2. Jason Grey
3. Harmony Hunt
4. Tui Oloapu
21. Leva Li
19. Laz Brown
7. Jason Vidal
15. Paula Kaufusi
9. Ben Ellis
10. Casey Ellis
11. Jack Le Hang
13. Dylan McKeown
20. Luke Fahey

12. Chris Saab
14. Chris Field
17. Paul Tuigamala

18. Stacey Tangira

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