Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Round 6 Junior Rep Match Reports

H.M. Rd 6 Wests v Western Sydney Academy - Saturday 21 March 2015 Blacktown Patrician Brothers College 

Our Harold Matthews boys backed up with another strong performance against Western Sydney Academy prevailing 40-12. The Magpies started slowly and

after just 2 minutes of play the Academy side got first points courtesy of a well-placed cross field kick. Down early on the scoreboard the Magpies Gus Garzaniti found

some pin point accuracy of his own with a neat grubber kick through for Billy Omerod who managed to get his fingertips to the ball centimetres from the dead ball line. The

kick was pushed wide and the Magpies trailed 6-4. The match turned into a bit of an arm wrestle as both sides payed respect to the wet conditions, that was until in form

Magpies halfback Ailand Pihema produced a brilliant left foot step to slice through the defence and find James Tautaiolefua screaming up on his outside to cross the line.

James unable to convert his own try hitting the upright with his conversion attempt.

Full of running, the Magpies marched up field and forced a repeat set through another well placed kick from Gus Garzaniti. Only a few tackles on and Alex

Potifara was able to crash over the Academy try line with a well-timed run. Gus Garzaniti took over the kicking duties and extended the Magpies lead to 14-6. With not

long remaining in the first half, man of the moment Gus Garzaniti swooped on a Western Sydney drop ball to race 35 meters to the try line. Garzaniti converting his own

try pushed the Magpies out to a 20-6 lead.  With only minutes left on the clock, the Magpies turned over possession and allowed the Western Sydney side to secure a late

try courtesy of another well placed kick. The half time score ending 20-12 in the Magpies favour. The Magpies only took five minutes to register points in the second half

with a slick inside ball from Ailand Pihema allowing big Denzel Tavui to crash over. Gus Garzaniti again providing the extras. With the Magpies leading 26-6, errors started

to creep into both sides. That was until a sweeping backline movement set the platform for Magpies winger Billy Omerod to show good speed and strength to beat his

opposite man and touch down in the corner for his second of the morning. Garzaniti pushed his attempt at goal wide leaving the Magpies with a healthy lead of 30-6 with

less than 10 minutes remaining. With the match now out of reach for the Western Sydney side, the Magpies demonstrated a relentless attitude and were rewarded with

two late tries to Hyrum William-Polotu and Zane Rifai. The final score, Magpies 40 Western Sydney Academy 12.

WESTERN SUBURBS 40 (Tries: Billy Omerod 2, Hyrum William-Pulotu, James Tautailalefua, Alex Potifara, Zain Rafia, Denzel Tavui, Gus Garzaniti;

Goals: Garzaniti 3, Tautailalefua) defeated WSA 12 (Tries; Brook Real, Stanley Malae, Goals: Kyle Bent 2)

Halftime: Wests - 20 WSA - 12    Fulltime: Wests - 40 WSA - 12

S.G. Ball Rd 6 Wests v Western Sydney Academy - Saturday 21 March 2015 at Blacktown Patrician Brothers College

With plenty on the line for both sides in the SG Ball contest, it was the Western Sydney Academy side that dug deep to come out on top beating the Magpies

25-18 in ordinary conditions. In what was a scrappy start to the game the Magpies registered first points through a strong courtesy of Toa Mata’afa. Hosea Leuea

successful with his conversion attempt to put the Magpies ahead 6-0 after 5 minutes. Only a few minutes later the Magpies were able to go back to back after the Western

Sydney side were unable to cleanly get hold of a well placed grubber kick, Ray Stone on the spot to pick up the spilt lollies and plant the ball down under the posts. Leuea

made no mistake with the conversion pushing the magpies out to a 12-0 lead. A string of errors from the Magpies opened the door for their opposition and they took their

opportunity with both hands crashing over near the posts to claw back the margin to just 6 points half way through the first half. Unfortunately the errors continued from

the Magpies and some hard and direct running from the big Western Sydney pack allowed them to lock the scores up 6 minutes from the break. The Western Sydney side

applied plenty of pressure in the final 5 minutes and after finding no way through the Magpies defence they were happy to settle for a field goal to give them a slight edge

going into the break. Half time score Wests 12 Western Sydney 13.

The Western Sydney side started where they left off and only took 3 minutes to register their first points of the second half. Again some simple hard and direct

running proving to be too much to handle for some mediocre Magpies defence. The conversion attempt a simple one and the Academy side extending their lead to 7

points. The Magpies were able to keep themselves in the contest via a strong charge from Prop Taniela Paseka who grounded the ball next to the upright. Leuea making

no mistake with the conversion and making it a 1 point ball game. Unfortunately for the Magpies the trend continued with a number of unforced errors inviting their

opposition down field and with 15 minutes remaining the Western Sydney side were able to score the simplest of tries from dummy half. Faultless with their attempts at

goal all morning, the Academy side edged to a 25-18 lead. The final 10 minutes of play turned into a scrappy affair which saw Western Sydney produce some desperate

defence to stay on top at the final whistle. Final Score Wests 18 Western Sydney 25

WESTERN SUBURBS 18 (Tries: Toa Mata’Afa, Ray Stone, Taniela Paseka, Goals: Hosea Leuea 3) lost to WSA 25 (Tries: Samson Kerr 2, Ellie El-Zakherm,

Mitchell Butfield, Goals: Jonah Metuangaro 4, Field Goal: Adam Campbell)

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