Blacktown Trial Match Review
On Saturday the 14th of February the Wests Magpies Ron Massey Cup and Sydney Shield teams played a combined trial against Blacktown Workers. This was the first hit out for 2015, with a lot of new faces on show, Blacktown already having a trial against Wenty the previous week.
The first three 20 minutes showed some good signs with the last two becoming a little messy, as most trials do. There were some solid efforts in defence on the day and the boys showed that they are willing to put their bodies on the line and take pride in their defence and tryline. We defended well for most parts of the game but like all teams in their first trial found out that we still have some areas we really need to improve on. Back rowers Tom Morrison, Sama Sauvao, and David Harris already showed good work rates with tackle counts in the mid to high twenties and doing their fair share of hit ups.
In attack we got to see some new players to the club, who showed good speed and footwork with both centres, Nathan Hourigan and Phillip Brombal, scoring runaway tries. James Goring helped the forwards out with some solid scoots coming out of our own half and earning some quick play the balls. We did well getting out of trouble but let ourselves down at times by making errors on the second and third tackles, allowing Blacktown off the hook.
Our attack in their half showed some good signs, Wayde Dunley setting up two tries with Jimmy Laulilii and Jacob Nansen running good leads off Wayde.
We still need some work in our set up when we are attacking the opposition try line but as combinations improve we should see this come along with the rest of our game.
For our first hit out the Magpies showed some promising signs but as we all know will need to work hard and continue to improve in all areas to be a threat at the end of the season. However, looking good for now.