Saturday, August 2, 2014

Rnd 18 - Ron Massey Cup - Match Review

Western Suburbs turned on a clinical display to pummel Mounties 44-6 last weekend at Campbelltown.

Wests got away to the ideal start after just two minutes, a short side move to the left finding Corey Brown with nothing but air in front of him. Dayne Craig nailed the touchline conversion for a 6-0 lead.

Mounties were playing some enterprising football, but dropped the ball at the quarter hour. As time stood still, Corey Brown swooped, picked up the crumbs and travelled 80 metres to touch down. Craig slotted the kick, 12-0 the margin to the home side.

Mounties were finding it difficult to convert their chances, the first denied by the touchjudge after he ruled the ball pulled up short on an attempted 40-20, with a wayward Theo Leato pass heading into touch three minutes later at the 25 minute mark.

Wests were playing a straight, hard running game, but a delightful Cronk-Slater style 1-2 saw Sam AIga burst through the ruck and carry Joey Bond across the line to score. Craig converted, Wests holding their 18-0 lead through to the siren.

Mounties went agonisingly close to opening the scoring in the second stanza, a chip in behind the line bouncing badly for Jerome Mose, but Theo Leato could not ground the ball, referee S]Phil Sung right on the spot to call a knock on.

Mounties’ kicking game was finding some useful territory, their best kick of the game coming five minutes into the second stanza, a bomb shaving the upright n the way down, but Magpies’ custodian Sam Aiga, was equal to the challenge.

Wests used their kicking game more effectively than the visitors, a grubber on the last pinballing between Mounties legs, Veiru Mapesone bolting through to pick up the crumbs and scoring under the posts. Craig converted from in front, and Wests were wowing the crowd at Campbelltown, leading 24-0 after 57 minutes.

The Magpies marched downfield from the restart, a last tackle bomb going straight through Joey Bond, Nu Akeripa scooting around to grab his tenth try of 2014. Craig’s sideline conversion was the first of his kicks to sail wide with a quarter of the game remaining.

Mounties finally found their way to the line with Matt Place on the end of an inside ball, Sam Aiga unable to dislodge the ball as Place touched down under the posts. Brett Lahey’s first kick of the day was straight, Wests leading 28-6 with 15 minutes to play.

Wests took full advantage of the kick-off bouncing dead and, despite Mounties protests of a knock on in gathering the dropout, a Wests right shift found Shawn Craig bullocking through. Brother Dayne found his radar again, the Magpies’ lead back out to 34-6 at the 68th minute.

Wests weren’t done, a short ball from Sam Aiga sending Shawn Craig through again, this time Craig needing support, Tala Mapesone notching one for Wests in support. With Dayne Craig getting an early mark, Corey Brown took the conversion attempt, but pushed it wide, Wests ahead 38-6.

Just to finish it off, Sam Aiga found space down the right side again, Tala Mapesone nabbing his second of the day. Shawn Craig finished off with the conversion, the Magpies running out massive 44-6 winners.

WESTERN SUBURBS 44 (Corey Brown 2, Tala Mapesone 2, Sam Aiga, Veiru Mapesone, Nu Akeripa, Shawn Craig tries; Dayne Craig 5 from 6, Shawn Craig 1 from 1, Corey Brown 0 from 1) defeated MOUNTIES 6 (Matt Place tries; Brett Lahey 1 from 1)

Penalties: Wests 3 Mounties 8

Halftime: Wests 18 Mounties 0


1. Sam Aiga

2. Tala Mapasone

3. Shawn Craig

21. Corey Brown

5. Jerome Mose

4. Nu Akeripa

6. Vieru Mapasone

22. Sonny Bristow

9. Dayne Craig

10. Tunui Maurangi

11. Tom Morrison

12. Rusty Bristow

14. Luke Williams

7. Jack Madden

15. Hayden Johnson

17. Fred Tevago

19. Mason Talolua


1. Joey Bond

2. Theo Leato

3. Francis Vaiotu

4. Dave Cahalane

20. Wayne Dargan

6. Matt Place

7. Brett Lahey

13. Adam Tangata

9. Braeden Batiste

10. Rodney Coates

11. Brady Cheshire

12. Kurt Horton

17. Jacob Mayer

8. Uiti Baker

15. Grant Lahey

16. Mitchell Beggs

21. Fred Pakatoa

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