Ron Massey Cup Preview - Round Six
Auburn Warriors Vs Windsor Wolves
Lidcombe Oval, Saturday, April 26
Referee: Scot Murray
Summary: The Auburn Warriors can join Wentworthville at the top of the Ron Massey Cup ladder with a victory over Windsor this weekend. The Warriors are 4-1 to start the season, but were not at their best in victories over competition cellar dwellers Burwood and Kingsgrove in recent weeks. Five-Eighth Chris Binge has been in good form recently; scoring a double last weekend against the Colts. Windsor will looking to cement their place in the top-eight after last weekend’s 46-12 defeat of Burwood. After a slow start to the season the Wolves attack has clicked into gear over the last fortnight, scoring 92 points in their last two outings. Hutch Maiava has been in great form for the Wolves and continues to lay a solid platform for his team.
Prediction: Auburn’s scratchy wins in the last two weeks has us favoring Windsor. Wolves by 6.
Kingsgrove Colts Vs Mounties
WIN Jubilee Oval, Saturday, April 26
Referee: Kasey Badger
Summary: Kingsgrove produced a much improved performance last weekend after their heavy loss to Wentworthville the week before. Despite the 38-26 loss to Auburn, the turnaround in performance shows a new attitude at Kingsgrove and they will need to lift once again if they are to defeat Mounties at Win Jubilee Oval. Coleman Edmond scored a double last weekend and has looked dangerous in the early rounds. Mounties will be looking to bounce back from their heavy 40-12 defeat to Wentworthville. Although they’re not the first team to be steamrolled by the Magpies in 2014, Mounties know they are a better team than the score line suggests and will be looking for revenge. Look for Matt Boss and Eli Makaui to dictate terms early.
Prediction: Mounties to atone for last weekend’s defeat. Mounties by 8.
Western Suburbs Magpies Vs Wentworthville Magpies
Leichhardt Oval, Sunday, April 27
Referee: Drew Oultram
Summary: The Western Suburbs Magpies will be aiming to knock off the high flying Wentworthville Magpies in this weekend’s ‘Battle of the Birds’. Wests were unlucky in going down to Asquith last weekend and will be hoping to make the most of their opportunities against the defending Premiers. Sam Aiga has been one of the Magpies best in recent weeks and will trouble the Wenty defence. Wentworthville still remain the team to beat after securing their fifth win of the season against Mounties last weekend. The Magpies looked to have not skipped a beat in 2014, and will provide Wests with an accurate gauge of their early season form. Wingers Saia Tanginoa and James Tuitahi have been sensational for their side, scoring a combined 13 tries in five games.
Prediction: Wentworthville to continue their undefeated start to the year. Magpies by 18.
The Entrance Tigers Vs Asquith Magpies
EDSAAC Oval, Sunday, April 27
Referee: Damian Briscoe
Summary: The Entrance Tigers survived a scare from last weekend as they posted their third win of the season in defeating Blacktown 32-28. The Tigers are 1-1 at home this season and will be hoping to improve on that score line to make EDSAAC Oval the fortress it has been in the past. Alan Mulia Malau has looked dangerous over the first five rounds and is the Tigers leading try scorer with 4 touchdowns. Asquith produced their best half of the season last weekend, holding on to defeat Western Suburbs 30-24. The Magpies were leading 26-0 at half-time and were in blistering form before a second half fade, that almost lead to defeat. Adam Kalcina has been Asquith’s best player over the opening rounds and will need to be watched closely.
Prediction: The Entrance to sneak home in a close one. Tigers by 2.
Burwood North Ryde United Vs Guildford Owls
Goddard Park, Sunday, April 27
Referee: Ryan Jackson
Summary: Guildford will be looking to get themselves into the top-eight and Burwood will be searching for their first win of the season when they go head-to-head at Goddard Park this weekend. The Owls were soundly beaten by Cabramatta last weekend and will hoping to reverse their fortunes quickly against United. Paul Tuigmala and Casey Ellis will be fired up to get their team on the front foot and allow their playmakers to shine against United’s defence. Burwood continued their slow start to the year with another heavy defeat, this time at the hands of the Wolves. United remain only four points out of the top eight, but will need to get some wins soon to stay in touch with the rest of the competition. Jackson Garlick can get his team into the action with his clever work from dummy half.
Prediction: Guildford to score their third win of the season. Owls by 8.
Cabramatta Two Blues Vs Blacktown Workers
New Era Stadium, Sunday, April 27
Referee: Phil Sung
Summary: Cabramatta worked their way back into the top four with a 38-8 defeat of Guildford in Round Five. The Two Blues atoned for their defeat to Windsor with a comprehensive performance that would have pleased Coach Jason Williams. Brett Manning and Adam Hanson both scored doubles and will look to continue their good form against the Workers. Blacktown produced arguably their best performance of the year, despite going down 32-28 to The Entrance. The Workers showed their fighting qualities to almost steal a late victory, but ran out of time after a slow start to the game. Sakeo Dibeci and Akerupa Tia Kilifi are the dangers in the Workers back-line and will need to be watched closely by the Two Blues defence.
Prediction: Cabramatta to continue their resurgence against a brave Blacktown side. Two Blues by 4.
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