Ron Massey Cup Preview - Round Thirteen
Western Suburbs Magpies Vs Windsor Wolves
Leichhardt Oval, Saturday, June 21
Referee: Drew Oultram
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of Hawkesbury Radio 89.9FM (Link available via www.hawkesburyradio.com.au)
Summary: The Western Suburbs Magpies will be aiming for back-to-back wins this weekend after bouncing back to form with a 18-16 win over the Auburn Warriors. The Magpies were a much improved outfit from the side that was defeated 35-10 by Asquith a week earlier, and will look to maintain their momentum against the Wolves. Nu Akeripa has been in strong form, scoring a double against Auburn, and will look to get involved early. The Windsor Wolves will be looking to get back on track after suffering a heavy 46-6 defeat to Mounties. The Wolves were completely outclassed by their opponents and will hoping their performance was a minor setback after improved efforts in recent weeks. Halves Matt Boss and Kauri Aupouri will be called upon to lead their team.
Prediction: Western Suburbs to sneak home in a tough match. Magpies by 10.
Blacktown Workers Vs Wentworthville Magpies
H.E Laybutt Sporting Complex, Saturday, June 21
Referee: Jeff Hartup
Summary: Blacktown produced one of their best performances of the season last weekend, defeating Asquith 34-32. The Workers have now won three of their last four matches and look to be building momentum as they head into the second half of the season. Wentworthville will provide them with yet another strong test; but if the Workers can snatch a victory, it may propel them into top-eight calculations. Wentworthville made it back-to-back victories last weekend with a 30-28 defeat of Guildford. The Magpies have not been at their best in recent weeks, but still find themselves in second position on the competition ladder. Nick Kassis has been in great form this season and will continue to lead the Magpies pack.
Prediction: Wentworthville to fight hard for a victory over a brave Blacktown. Magpies by 8.
Guildford Owls Vs Mounties
McCredie Park, Saturday, June 21
Referee: Phil Haines
Summary: Despite going down to Wentworthville 30-28 last weekend, Guildford can be confident heading into their match-up with Mounties knowing they pushed the reigning Premiers all the way. The Owls have lost their last two matches by the barest of margins and could claim to have been the better team over large periods of both games. With a little bit of luck on their side, Guildford can re-enter the winners circle this weekend. Mounties will be looking to build on their recent momentum after defeating Windsor 46-6 in round twelve. Mounties could find themselves in the top-four this weekend if results go their way and after winning their previous four matches, they will be confident of claiming a result.
Prediction: A toss of the coin to decide the winner in this game, and the coins says… Mounties by 2.
Asquith Magpies Vs Kingsgrove Colts
Storey Park, Sunday, June 22
Referee: Daniel Olford
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of Triple H FM (Link available via www.triplehfm.com.au/hhh)
Summary: After winning their previous five matches, the Asquith Magpies found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard after a tough game with Blacktown last weekend. The Magpies would be disappointed with their defence against the Workers and will have worked hard at training this week to rectify their mistakes. Look for big games from Brendan Hurd and Petros Thanos against his old club. Kingsgrove were comprehensively defeated by Cabramatta last weekend and will need a massive turnaround in form to beat Asquith after five straight losses. The Colts have only scored one win this season and facing Asquith after a loss doesn’t make things any easier. Look for Captain Jade Ferguson to get his team on the front foot.
Prediction: Asquith to return to their winning ways. Magpies by 18.
The Entrance Tigers Vs Auburn Warriors
EDSACC Oval, Sunday, June 22
Referee: Scot Murray
Summary: The Entrance Tigers will be looking to make it seven wins from their past eight games when they take on Auburn this weekend. The Tigers are outright leaders on the Ron Massey Cup Premiership ladder after some expected them to struggle in 2014. The Entrance were comfortable winners over Burwood last weekend and will look to take that momentum into this weekend’s clash. Auburn was upset by Western Suburbs last weekend and will be looking to put that performance behind them this weekend. The Warriors sit in fourth position on the ladder and would love nothing more than knocking off the competition leaders to sit as high as second if results go their way at the end of the round. The battle between halves Jake Fitzpatrick and Arthur Little is a feature of the match.
Prediction: The home ground advantage has us leaning towards The Entrance. Tigers by 6.
Burwood North Ryde United Vs Cabramatta Two Blues
TG Milner, Sunday, June 22
Referee: Damian Briscoe
Summary: Cabramatta and Burwood will look to stay in touch with the top-eight when they go head-to-head at TG Milner this weekend. Cabramatta recovered from a loss to Mounties in round eleven with a convincing win over Kingsgrove last weekend. The Two Blues have only won one of their last six matches and will need to find some consistency if they are going to push for a finals berth. Burwood have also lost their past five matches and will be hoping that a desperate win over Cabramatta can kick-start the second half of their season. Fullbacks Samiu Latu and Shannon Gallant are both influential players on their respective teams and will need to lead the way to victory.
Prediction: Cabramatta to sneak home in a tough one. Two Blues by 10.
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