Saturday, April 4, 2015

Match Reports Round Eight Junior Reps, Round Four Sydney Shield and RMC


South Sydney were red hot at a soggy Campbelltown last Saturday, thumping Wests 46-4 in the Harold Matthews.

Handling errors aplenty marred the opening of the game, but Wests held on long enough to send the ball wide off a dropout, Nathan Patolo touching down in the left corner for a 4-0 lead after eight minutes.

Souths hit back at the halfway mark of the first stanza, some lateral attack moving the Magpie defence around before Daniel Fifita went through the meat of the pack to reach out alongside the posts for a 6-4 lead courtesy of the kick from Mawene Hiroti.

Wests were dominating proceedings, but the third try went to the visitors, a lucky ricochet off a Gus Garzaniti kick allowing Mawene Hiroti to capitalise after Souths went 100 metres in two plays, the Bunnies ahead 12-4 ten minutes out from halftime.

Souths registered their third just before the interval, Malla Chan-Foon going over after Souths spread the ball in good field position after a poor Magpies turnover. Hiroti nailed the touchline kick, the Rabbitohs going to halftime with an 18-4 break.

The second half could not have started worse for Wests, putting down the kick-off and giving Souths a scrum, from which Mawene Hiroti crashed over on the left flank before converting to make the score 24-4.

Momentum had swung violently after the break to Souths, and they quickly scored again, Campbell Graham put away off an inside ball from Josh Cook, Hiroti unable to add to the 28-4 lead.

Wests could not keep a handle on the ball, Souths pouncing by going wide and, although Wests came up with the cover tackle, Dean Hawkins strolled through off the ensuing play to extend the lead to 34-4 with 18 minutes still to play.

Wests defence was struggling under the mountain of dropped ball, and Josh Cook took full toll, going through the ruck almost untouched to score. Hiroti added the extras and the visitors broke 40 with ten minutes remaining.

Wests could not take a trick, a right spread going to ground, Jonny Mitsias on hand to scoop up the scraps and race 80 metres to touch down for Souths’ eighth try , the Rabbits running out 46-4 winners.

SOUTH SYDNEY 46 (Mawene Hiroti 2, Daniel Fifita, Malla Chan-Foon, Campbell Graham, Daniel Hawkins, Josh Cook, Jonny Mitsias tries; Mawene Hiroti 7 from 8) defeated WESTERN SUBURBS 4 (Nathan Patolo try; James Tautailalefua 1 from 1)

Penalties: Wests 2 Souths 2

Halftime: Wests 4 Souths 18


1 James Tautaiolefua (C)
2 Billy Omerod
3 Sam Rembridge
4 Nathan Patolo
5 Maurice Faaae
6 Gus Garzaniti
7 Ailand Davis-Pihema
8 Hyrum William-Pulotu
19 Roy Satchi-Brown
17 Ben Seufale
11 Lucas Castle
12 Henry Lealuga-Puhotau
13 Alex Potifara

9 Christian Urso
15 Zane Rifai
20 Denzel Tavui
23 Lachlan Natupu


1 Mawene Hiroti
19 Malla Chan-Foon
3 Campbell Graham
4 Jonny Mitsias
5 Raine Dellow
6 Bailey Fitzgerald
7 Dean Hawkins (C)
8 Daniel Fifita
9 Josh Cook
10 Ky Rodwell
11 Joey Lo’se
12 Bobby Nader
13 Jake Kambos

14 Wesley Veikoso
15 Che Hyslop
17 Egan Butcher
18 Harrison Smith


A dominant first half was enough to get Souths home 30-20 against a spirited Western Suburbs last weekend at Campbelltown in the SG Ball competition.

Souths were in first after a physical opening four minutes, Dylan O’Connor strolling through a hole opened up by a neat decoy play. Siosifas Talakai split the uprights perfectly, and Souths were away 6-0.

Souths quickly doubled their lead, Emre Guler spinning through some soft defence after an offload from Siosifas Talakai, who converted the try for a 12-0 lead.

It was all red and green, handling errors cruelling the Magpie attack and defence, as Gabe Hamlin crashed over after two neat offloads for an 18-0 lead.

Wests needed to score next to stay in the contest, and they did just that, Elijah Mannah in adjacent to the uprights and, courtesy of Hosea Leuea’s conversion, the score was back to 18-6.

South Sydney hit back to undercut the black and white momentum, Dylan O’Connor sneaking out of one tackle before carrying three Magpies over the line in an incredible show of strength. The kick, from almost bang on the touchline, was dead straight from Siosifas Talakai, Souths taking their 24-6 lead to the break.

Wests came out firing after the break and struck first, a kick through from Toa Mata’afa allowing Jye Brooker to dribble ahead and score for the Magpies to reduce the deficit to 24-10, Hosea Leuea slicing the kick.

Wests were holding their own against the aggressive Souths pack, and took advantage after a knock on, Hosea Leuea scoring out wide after a nice shimmy and go, although he couldn’t convert his own try, Souths ahead by ten with as many minutes remaining.

Wests made it a grandstand finish with four minutes remaining, Hosea Leuea breaking through before kicking wide and putting on a sixpence for Jye Brooker to mark and claim his second of the day, Leuea’s coversion making it 24-20 Souths.

However, the Bunnies would not be denied, Henry Fuimaono crashing over with Wests attempting the steal. Talakai threw it over from in front, Souths prevailing 30-20.

SOUTH SYDNEY 30 (Dylan O’Connor 2, Emre Guler, Gabe Hamlin, Henry Fuimaono tries; Siosifas Talakai 5 from 5) defeated WESTERN SUBURBS 20 (Jye Brooker 2, Elijah Mannah, Hosea Leuea tries; Hosea Leuea 2 from 4)

Penalties: Wests 5 Souths 2

Halftime: Wests 6 Souths 24


1 Jamen Johnson
2 Manisela Teuhema
3 Toa Mata’afa
4 Harrison Coskerie
5 Jye Brooker
7 Hosea Leuea
16 Cody Benson
19 Julius Taavao
9 Ryan Leet
18 Lenny Suani
11 Pj Leifi
12 Ray Stone
13 Elijah Mannah (C)

8 Taniela Paseka
10 Evander Titie Anatela
14 Jake Scott
17 Tala Mauigoa


1 Dylan O’Connor
22 Blade Perri
2 Jalen Reweti
23 Rangi Paea-Boyce
5 Johnathan Tufuga
6 Jade Anderson
7 Kurtis Preece
8 Emre Guler
9 John Neil
17 Brody Fitzgerald
15 Tristan Alvarado
3 Siosifas Talakai
10 Gabe Hamlin

11 Wiremu Tuiletufuga
14 Henry Fuimaono
18 Keenen Ngamoto
21 Ricardo Rahme


Western Suburbs and Asquith played out a 26-26 draw last weekend in the Sydney Shield at Campbelltown, a result that left Asquith ruing a poor day of goalkicking, while Wests were frustrated at letting in two late tries.

A tough and grinding opening ensured first points took a while to come, Nathan Hourigan pouncing to intercept an Asquith pass and race 40 metres to open Wests’ account for the afternoon, Tyson Tie Tie adding the extra for a 6-0 lead after 16 minutes.

Asquith hit straight back, Ben Mooney sliding a grubber in behind the line for Meli Katia to fly through and touch down despite the close attention of Wests fullback Falcon Peni, Brad Horder unable to draw scores level.

Asquith continued to explore with the football and found paydirt 12 minutes from the interval, Luke McDonald playing the role of trombone in the violin section as the front rower crashed over one in from the wing, Brad Horder again off line, leaving the score at 8-6, which Asquith carried to halftime in a drab, grinding game of football.

Asquith, aided by a couple of penalties on touchjudge advice, opened the second half scoring with a try to Meli Katia after Wests failed to shut down the overlap. Brad Horder was having an unhappy day with the boot, missing his third consecutive shot at goal.

Wests were quick to respond, Esan Masters shoving, propping and bouncing his way past five Asquith defenders to touch down. Tyson Tie Tie was having a much better day than Brad Horder, the scores locked at 12 after 54 minutes.

Wests doubled down, a bomb from the next set off the kick-off seeing Falcon Peni swoop to clean up the spill from Asquith and Wests suddenly found themselves in front 16-12.

Asquith went to water with Wests’ kicking game, even straight forward punts being put down, this one allowing Simona Ene to notch his first of 2015, Tyson Tie Tie’s kick sailing wide to leave Wests eight points clear.

Asquith needed to score to stay in touch and did so, Luke Hanson crossing out wide from a nice long ball courtesy of Ben Mooney. Brad Horder couldn’t buy one, his touchline attempot striking the upright on this occasion, Wests with a 20-16 lead entering the final 15 minutes.

With Asquith looking to push up and get the ball back to go on the attack, Tyson Tie Tie slipped a little grubber in behind the Asquith defence, Peter Ta’auso swooping to score, Tie Tie extending the lead to 26-16, but it was short lived as a short kick off saw Asquith get the ball back, Jackson Williams going over to bring the score back to 26-20, Asquith finding no luck with a new kicker in Sam Buttel.

Shae Jarvis ensured the crowd held their collective breath as he scored from dummy half just inside the siren. Sam Buttel converted from close range, the final score an underwhelming 26-26.

WESTERN SUBURBS 26 (Nathan Hourigan, Esan Masters, Falcon Peni, Simona Ene, Peter Ta’auso tries; Tyson Tie Tie 3 from 5) drew with ASQUITH 26 (Meli Katia 2, Luke McDonald, Luke Hanson, Jackson Williams, Shae Davis tries; Brad Horder 0 from 4, Sam Buttel 1 from 2)

Penalties: Wests 4 Asquith 7

Halftime: Wests 6 Asquith 8


1 Falcon Peni
2 Simona Ene
3 Nathan Hourigan
4 Jaiman Iroa
5 Apaola Tea Lama
6 Damien Doan
7 Tyson Tie Tie
8 John Joseph
9 Cheyne Pike
10 Ben Mitchell
23 Esan Marsters
12 Ronnie Palumbo
19 Peter Ta'auso

14 Jack Wheelhouse
16 Jamie Hill
17 Daniel Bell
21 Rhys Tucker


1 Sam Buttel
5 Meli Katia
16 Aaron Papera
24 Junior Rika
3 Luke Hanson
6 Ben Mooney
7 Brad Horder ©
18 Ina Papera
21 Shae Jarvis
8 Luke Mcdonald
11 Sol Foster
12 Tom Young
19 Jackson Williams

9 Dylan Van Noort
10 Justin Eves
13 Jared Palmer
22 David Ryan


Asquith have defeated Western Suburbs 28-10 in a spiteful Ron Massey Cup match marred by five sin binnings and a woeful refereeing display that left both sides fuming.

Asquith opened the scoring after just five minutes, the greasy surface seeing Wests lose the ball, Jaco Marketo burrowing over from dummy half on the ensuing set. Jamie Ingram nailed the touchline conversion beautifully, Asquith ahead 6-0.

Asquith doubled up from the kickoff, some flimsy Wests defence seeing a break through the middle, Mick Pearsall backing up to go around under the posts and Asquith were ahead 12-0 after eight minutes.

Twice Western Suburbs had tries disallowed for being in front of the kicker, much to the chagrin of the local crowd, before Mick Pearsall notched his second try off a slick backline move and an 18-0 lead after 25 minutes.

Wests finally got on the board after half an hour, a loose ball finding its way to John Sila, who beat his opposite number before heading back inside and beating two more in going over. Shannon Gallant was unable to add the extras, Asquith maintaining their lead by 18-4 through to halftime.

Wests were first on the baord in the second half, Shannon Gallant slicing through to score adjacent to the posts before converting his own try to reduce Asquith’s lead to eight.

Referee Josh McGowan quickly lost control of the game, a brawl seeing two Wests players and one from Asquith dispatched, the ten metres quickly becoming five, Asquith taking advantage with Mick Pearsall grabbing his third for a 24-10 lead at the halfway point of the second stanza.

With the teams level at 11 each after Asquith lost another player to the bin, the visitors found space on the left, Jaco Marketo racing in for his second of the day after a penalty for a late challenge, Jamie Ingram’s kick unsuccessful, leaving the final score at 28-10.

ASQUITH 28 (Mick Pearsall 3, Jaco Marketo 2 tries; Jamie Ingram 4 from 5) defeated WESTERN SUBURBS 10 (John Sila, Shannon Gallant tries; Shannon Gallant 1 from 2)

Penalties: Wests 13 Asquith 9

Halftime: Wests 4 Asquith 18


1 Shannon Gallant
15 John Sila
3 Limoni Kamuta
4 James Goring
5 Kenny Niko
6 Blake Lazarus
7 Wayde Dunley
8 Jim Laulilii
18 Peter Nay
16 Jacob Nansen
11 David Harris
14 Kurt Atkinson
13 Chad Mcgill

10 Marcel Owens
17 Dane Coskerie
19 Hayden Johnston
25 Tom Harris


1 Jack Hawkins
2 Jamie Ingram
15 Jaco Maketo
4 Greg Davis
17 Mick Pearsall
6 Ben Fisher
7 Aaron Groom
8 Brendan Hurd
9 Aiden Carney
10 Joel Tubbs
11 Josh Nichols
14 Dylan Mckeown
13 Joel Latham

16 Matt Hurd
22 Mark Daoud
23 Francis Tuigamala
24 Lachlan Piper

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