Ron Massey Cup Preview - Round Seven
Kingsgrove Colts Vs Windsor Wolves
WIN Jubilee, Saturday, May 3
Referee: Jeff Hartup
Summary: The Windsor Wolves suffered their first defeat in four weeks last weekend with a 34-26 defeat at the hands of Auburn. The Wolves showed great character to fight back from a 20-10 half-time deficit to level the game at 26 all, but were unable to go on with it after conceding a try in the final minutes. Windsor will be hoping to maintain their position in the top-eight with a victory over Kingsgrove and will rely on Kieran Croft, who scored a double last weekend, to lead the way. Kingsgrove faced a strong Mounties side in round six and were brave despite their 32-10 defeat. The Colts have shown plenty of heart in the opening rounds and will continue to push teams all the way in search of their second win of the season. Rhys Norman has been strong in the opening rounds from dummy-half.
Prediction: Windsor to rebound from last week’s defeat. Wolves by 8.
Mounties Vs Western Suburbs Magpies
Aubrey Keech Reserve, Saturday, May 3
Referee: Ryan Jackson
Summary: Mounties cemented their place in the Ron Massey Cup top-eight last weekend with a 32-10 defeat of Kingsgrove. It was Mounties first win after back-to-back losses to Asquith and Wentworthville, so the result would have pleased Coach Chris Hutchinson. Wayne Dargan continued his good form with a double and will once again be the man to watch this weekend. Western Suburbs scored the upset of the season last weekend, smashing Premiers Wentworthville 42-10. The Magpies went into the match as underdogs against a side who had been dominant all season and were red hot from start to finish. Dayne Craig and Jerome Mose were dominant for the Magpies and will be expected to repeat their efforts this weekend.
Prediction: Wests will be flying high after their big win and confidence is contagious. Magpies by 10.
Asquith Magpies Vs Cabramatta Two Blues
Storey Park, Saturday, May 3
Referee: Josh McGowan
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of Triple H FM (Link available via www.triplehfm.com.au/hhh)
Summary: Appalling conditions made it difficult when Asquith and The Entrance clashed last weekend, but it was the Tigers who handled the driving rains and heavy track best to consign the Magpies to an 18-6 defeat. Despite the loss, Asquith can take confidence into their match with the Two Blues after the performance of Francis Tuigamala against the Tigers. The big prop will be looking to replicate his performance against Cabramatta and will need to be watched closely by the defence. Cabramatta scored their second victory on the trot last weekend and will be pleased with their efforts after back-to-back losses. The Two Blues clinched a tense game against Blacktown, holding on to win 32-30. Pierce Sapsford had a day to remember scoring four tries and will once again be a key factor in the Cabramatta attack.
Prediction: Cabramatta to make it three-in-a-row with a close victory, Two Blues by 4.
Blacktown Workers Vs Burwood North Ryde United
HE Laybutt Sporting Complex, Saturday, May 3
Referee: Todd Smith
Summary: Blacktown will be out to make amends this weekend after going down to Cabramatta 32-30 in round six. The Workers pushed the Two Blues all the way and can count themselves as being unlucky for not taking away the two points. Jerry Key scored a hat-trick last weekend and now sits second on the leading try scorers list with eight; watch for him to attack the short sides of the United defence. Burwood slumped to their sixth-straight loss last weekend, going down to Guildford 22-16. Despite the loss, United can be proud of their efforts and know that if they continue to play with the toughness and heart that they showed last weekend; their first win of the season is only around the corner. Look for Joe Flint and Barry Nathan to lead the way.
Prediction: Home crowd advantage has us leaning towards Blacktown. Workers by 6.
The Entrance Tigers Vs Wentworthville Magpies
Morry Breen Oval, Sunday, May 3
Referee: Scot Murray
Summary: The Entrance Tigers managed to defy the weather and a determined Asquith side to score a solid 18-6 victory last weekend. The Tigers were looking for back-to-back wins and responded with a clever game plan that produced the right plays at the right time. Halves Scott Jones and Jake Fitzpatrick hold the keys to victory for the Tigers and continue to improve with each passing week. Wentworthville find themselves in foreign territory this weekend, entering round seven on the back of a loss. The Magpies were blown away by Western Suburbs last weekend and will be looking to bounce back strongly against the Tigers. Wenty have a potent attacking team right across the park and the Tigers defence should be prepared to face a fired up team at Morry Breen on Sunday.
Prediction: A scorned Wentworthville side is a daunting proposition for any opponent, but the Tigers will be up for the challenge. We may end up with egg on our faces, but we’re going to say the Tigers… but only just. Tigers by 4.
Guildford Owls Vs Auburn Warriors
McCredie Park, Sunday, May 4
Referee: Phil Sung
Summary: The Guildford Owls cemented their position in the top-eight last weekend with a 22-16 defeat of Burwood North Ryde. In terrible conditions, the Owls were guilty of overplaying their hand and not making the most of their ample opportunities, but were still able to score a victory on the back of their dogged determination. Leva Li and Suliasi Suli are players with plenty of potential and will look to threaten the defence at any given opportunity. Auburn scored their fourth win in succession with a 34-26 defeat of Windsor to continue their great start to the year. The Warriors look to be in control of their game at the moment, and still have plenty of room for improvement; which spells danger for their opponents. Watch for Sione Kaiveleta and John Sila to take on their opposing wingers in a mouthwatering match-up.
Prediction: Auburn to score their fifth win in succession, after being pushed all the way. Warriors by 8.