Ron Massey Cup Preview - Round Fourteen
Western Suburbs Magpies Vs Guildford Owls
Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Saturday, June 28
Referee: Scot Murray
Summary: The Western Suburbs Magpies will be looking to stay in touch with the top-four when they take on Guildford at Campbelltown Sports Stadium this weekend. The Magpies fell just short of recording back-to-back victories last weekend when they went down 28-22 to Windsor. Despite Corey Brown scoring five tries, the Magpies were unable to capitalize by only kicking one conversion. Guildford will be out to break a four-match losing streak after going down 36-22 to Mounties. The Owls have been involved in a number of close matches, but have been unable to deliver the killer blow when required. Currently sitting in eighth position on the Ron Massey Cup ladder, Guildford will be desperate for victory to improve their chances of playing finals football.
Prediction: Western Suburbs to sneak home in a close game. Magpies by 8.
Kingsgrove Colts Vs Burwood North Ryde United
WIN Jubilee Oval, Saturday, June 28
Referee: Joshua McGowan
Summary: The Kingsgrove Colts scored one of the biggest upsets of the year last weekend when they defeated Asquith 28-26. The Colts produced their best performance of the year with Coleman Edmond scoring a hat-trick to stun the Magpies. The Colts will be out to maintain the rage against Burwood and will be hoping to replicate their aggressive defence that stifled much of Asquith’s attacking opportunities. Burwood have had little to cheer about in 2014 and their defeat to Cabramatta in round thirteen continued their run of six-straight defeats. United can draw hope from their oppositions performance last weekend, and know that if they turn up with the right attitude – anything can happen. The battle between Edmond and Mitchell Henderson looks to be a feature.
Prediction: Kingsgrove will be buoyed by their winning performance last weekend and should secure a second-straight victory this weekend. Colts by 10.
Mounties Vs Blacktown Workers
Aubrey Keech Reserve, Saturday, June 28
Referee: Phil Sung
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of 2GLF FM 89.3 (Link available via 893fm.com.au)
Summary: Blacktown will be hoping to go one step further this weekend after just falling short of victory against Wentworthville. The Workers can take some positives from their performance against the reigning premiers and if they are able to make the most of their opportunities; they will pose a serious threat to Mounties. Josh Grant has been strong in recent weeks and will look to dictate terms from around the ruck. Mounties found themselves in the top-four after round thirteen, after defeating Guildford 36-22. Louis Vaiotu was in particularly good form, scoring a double and proving to be a constant threat in attack and defence. Look for both forward packs to attack each other early and lay the platform.
Prediction: Mounties to cement their position in the top-four. Mounties by 12.
Asquith Magpies Vs Wentworthville Magpies
Storey Park, Sunday, June 29
Referee: Drew Oultram
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of Triple H FM (Link available via www.triplehfm.com.au/hhh)
Summary: Asquith suffered back-to-back losses in round thriteen after going down to a lowly ranked Kingsgrove Colts side. The Magpies were bustled out of the contest by an enthusiastic Colts side and will be hoping that they can lift the tempo this weekend when they face current premiers Wentworthville. There is no doubting the ability of the Asquith side, but if they continue to take lesser sides easily; it could come back to hurt them in the run into the finals. Wentworthville scored their third-straight victory last weekend when they defeated Blacktown. Although they have been unconvincing over the last few weeks, Wentworthville are an experienced side who know what it takes to win. The fact that they are placed second on the Ron Massey Cup ladder without setting the world on fire is testament to their winning culture. This will be the match of the round.
Prediction: Asquith will have a point to prove after disappointing losses. Wentworthville will relish the challenge. A flip of the coin is required here - Asquith to step it up and win by a field goal.
The Entrance Tigers Vs Windsor Wolves
EDSACC Oval, Sunday, June 29
Referee: Damian Briscoe
Summary: Competition front-runners, The Entrance, made it eight wins from their last nine appearances last weekend when they accounted for Auburn 28-18. The Tigers have been methodical in their performances this season and are shaping up to make a serious challenge at the title. A hard working forward pack and enthusiastic back line have been making short work of their opponents and there’s no tougher place to play at the moment then EDSACC Oval on a Sunday afternoon. Windsor find themselves on the cusp of the top-eight heading into round fourteen after their defeat of Western Suburbs. In a hard fought match, it was the Wolves who rolled their sleeves up and got the job done and victory will require the same disciplined approach this weekend. The Wolves can gain a lot of confidence out of this game if they stand up to the Tigers, and it could be a turning point to their season.
Prediction: With only two losses to their name in 2014, it’s hard to go past The Entrance. Tigers by 10.
Cabramatta Two Blues Vs Auburn Warriors
New Era Stadium, Sunday, June 29
Referee: Jeff Hartup
Summary: Both teams will be looking to keep their top-four hopes alive when they clash at New Era Stadium this weekend. Cabramatta made it back-to-back victories when they defeated Burwood last weekend and the Two Blues will be hoping they can build on that momentum this weekend. Auburn will be looking to re-group after back-to-back losses. The Warriors were impressive against the Tigers last weekend, but were unable to deliver the killer blow to the competition favourites. Sione Kaiveleta looks to be in great touch heading into the back end of the season and is a player to watch.
Prediction: Cabramatta at home to just edge out the Warriors. Two Blues by 6.
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