Ron Massey Cup Preview - Round Twelve
Windsor Wolves Vs Mounties
Windsor Sports Complex, Friday, June 13
Referee: Lawrence McDonell
Summary: With Mounties and Windsor sitting at seventh and eighth positions on the Ron Massey Cup ladder respectively, this weekend shapes as a vital clash for both teams to increase their finals aspirations. Mounties claimed their third straight win last weekend with a 34-22 defeat of Cabramatta and will be hopeful of reproducing their strong defensive effort this weekend. Theo Leato and Brett Lahey’s combination looks to be a danger for the Wolves. Windsor bounced back from their defeat to Asquith to record an impressive 46-12 defeat of Burwood last weekend and will be looking to maintain their momentum in this match. The halves combination of Matt Boss and Kauri Aupouri hold the key for the home side.
Prediction: Mounties looked to have rediscovered their mojo in recent weeks. Mounties by 8.
Kingsgrove Colts Vs Cabramatta Two Blues
WIN Jubilee, Saturday, June 14
Referee: Phil Haines
Summary: Both teams will be looking to bounce back from defeats last weekend with Kingsgrove defeated 58-12 by Auburn and Cabramatta going down 34-22 to Mounties. Kingsgrove have struggled in recent weeks, but have shown glimpses of their potential in matches against Guildford and Western Suburbs. Five-Eighth Aidan Carney has been strong in recent weeks and will need to produce his best if the Colts are to win. Cabramatta currently sit just outside the top eight and will be looking for their first win in five weeks. The Two Blues have been struggling to make the most of their opportunities and have also struggled with having their best squad available on match day. Brad Croad has been good from and will once again lead from the front.
Prediction: Cabramatta to sneak home in a much improved performance from both sides. Two Blues by 8.
Asquith Magpies Vs Blacktown Workers
Storey Park, Saturday, June 14
Referee: Damian Briscoe
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of Triple H FM (Link available via www.triplehfm.com.au/hhh)
Summary: Asquith are arguably the form team of the competition at the half-way mark of the year after recording their fifth-straight victory last weekend. The Magpies defeated Western Suburbs 35-10 in the ‘Battle of the Birds’ and will look to build on their momentum against Blacktown. Fullback Jack Hawkins has been sensational in 2014 and continues to be one of their biggest threats. Blacktown just fell short of scoring back-to-back victories last weekend when they went down 24-12 to The Entrance. The Workers are currently sitting just outside the top-eight and will be hopeful of producing their best form against the high flying Magpies. Look for Hooker Josh Grant to get heavily involved to give his side a chance of victory.
Prediction: Hard to see Asquith stumbling here. Magpies by 14.
Western Suburbs Magpies Vs Auburn Warriors
Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Saturday, June 14
Referee: Daniel Olford
Summary: Western Suburbs will be looking to get themselves back on track this weekend after going down to Asquith in Round 11. The Magpies will not be happy with their efforts against their namesakes and will be looking to recapture the form that saw them win four of their previous five matches. Fullback Sam Aiga and halfback Jack Madden hold the key for Wests. Auburn bounced back to form last weekend after suffering a rare loss to Wentworthville the week before. The Warriors made short work of Kingsgrove with Mafi, Little and Kaiveleta all scoring doubles. Auburn currently sit in third position on the ladder and could find themselves leading the competition if results fall their way this weekend.
Prediction: Auburn to win in a tough battle. Warriors by 2.
Burwood North Ryde United Vs The Entrance Tigers
TG Milner, Sunday, June 15
Referee: Jeff Hartup
Summary: Burwood’s season doesn’t appear to be getting any easier with a tough match against The Entrance this weekend. United have only scored one victory this season and didn’t paper to be getting any closer to a second in a 46-12 loss to Windsor last weekend. Burwood have the potential to make this game a serious contest, but will need a big improvement to score a victory. The Entrance moved into first position on the Ron Massey Cup ladder after a 24-12 victory over Blacktown last weekend, and the Tigers will be confident of extending their slender lead with a victory this weekend. Blake Inwood has been in great form, scoring a double against Blacktown, and will be a danger to the opposition defence once again.
Prediction: The Entrance to maintain their lead over the rest of the competition. Tigers by 18.
Wentworthville Magpies Vs Guildford Owls
Ringrose Park, Sunday, June 15
Referee: Phil Henderson
Summary: After a stunning start to the season, Wentworthville have been slowly climbing their way back up the ladder after a mid-season slump that halted their momentum. The Magpies have won two of their last three matches and will enter this match with the Owls knowing they can cement their position in the top-four with a victory. Halves Daniel Howard and Brendan Waters hold the key for their team. Guildford will be fresh from having the week off and will look to build on their recent good form that saw them smash Cabramatta and go down to Blacktown in a hard fought game. The Owls currently sit in sixth position on the Ron Massey Cup ladder and can finish the weekend just outside of the top-four if results go their way. Jason Grey and Suliasi Suli will need to be watched by the Magpies defence.
Prediction: Guildford to upset the reigning Premiers. Owls by 6.
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