Ron Massey Cup Preview - Round Fifteen
Auburn Warriors Vs Burwood North Ryde United
Belmore Sports Ground, Saturday, July 12
Referee: Chris Treneman
Summary: The Auburn Warriors will be looking to stay in touch with the top four when they clash with Burwood North Ryde United this weekend. After disappointing back-to-back losses to Western Suburbs and The Entrance, the Warriors bounced back to form with a big win over Cabramatta and will look to build on that momentum in this game. A solid victory could see them finish as high as second at the completion of the round. After just their second win of the season against Kingsgrove last start, Burwood will be aiming to ride a wave of confidence into their clash with Auburn. It’s been a tough season for United and they will need to produce their best performance of the season if they are to topple the Warriors.
Prediction: Auburn to score back-to-back victories. Warriors by 16.
Kingsgrove Colts Vs Wentworthville Magpies
WIN Jubilee Oval, Saturday, July 12
Referee: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
Summary: The reigning premiers went down in a close game to Asquith last start and will be looking to stay in touch with pole position as we head into the business end of the season. Wentworthville haven’t been at their best in recent weeks, but have still been able to score ‘ugly’ victories; which is a positive for the coaching staff. Look for them to start strongly after the weeks rest and dominate their opposition in the forwards. After a great victory over Asquith, the Kingsgrove Colts were unable to make it back-to-back victories when they went down to Burwood. The Colts have been a much improved outfit in 2014 and are capable of causing a few upsets over the remainder of the regular season if taken lightly. A strong start is their best chance of victory against the Magpies.
Prediction: Kingsgrove to provide resistance, but Wenty to win. Magpies by 14.
Blacktown Workers Vs Western Suburbs Magpies
HE Laybutt Sporting Complex, Saturday, July 12
Referee: Lawrence McDonell
Summary: Up until last weekend when they were touched up by Mounties to the tune of 50-10, Blacktown had been in a number of close encounters where they could consider themselves unlucky not to be collecting two points. The Workers sit on the outside of the top eight and will need to start converting their opportunities if they are to contest the finals. Western Suburbs will be looking to get themselves back on a roll after winning only one of their last four games. The Magpies sit just inside the top eight and will be aiming to gain some momentum as they head into the final rounds of the competition.
Prediction: Western Suburbs to bounce back to form. Magpies by 10.
Windsor Wolves Vs Cabramatta Two Blues
Windsor Sports Complex, Saturday, July 12
Referee: Damian Briscoe
Summary: Windsor produced their best performance of the year against The Entrance in Round 14, defeating the competition leaders 30-12. The Wolves currently sit in eighth position and judging by their performance against the Tigers, they are capable of finishing much higher if they play to their potential. Look for the Wolves to replicate their aggressive defence this weekend. Cabramatta will be out to prove that their season isn’t in decline after slipping outside of the top eight following a heavy defeat to Auburn. The Two Blues have been one of the most consistent sides in the competition in recent years and will look to draw on past performances for inspiration. This match has the potential to be a classic.
Prediction: Windsor to sneak home in a close match. Wolves by 4.
Guildford Owls Vs The Entrance Tigers
McCredie Park, Sunday, July 13
Referee: Daniel Olford
Summary: The competition leaders suffered only their third defeat of the season against Windsor in Round 14 and will be out to prove that it was nothing but a minor blemish on their impressive 2014 record. The Tigers have been a force to reckon with this season and the Owls will need to be on full alert this weekend. Look for the Tigers to build their game on their relentless defence. Guildford bounced back from three straight defeats to score an impressive 44-22 win over Western Suburbs in Round 14 and will be hopeful of building on their momentum this weekend. The Owls currently sit in sixth position on the competition ladder and could find themselves close to the top four with a victory. Both teams possess aggressive forward packs that will look to lay the platform early.
Prediction: The Entrance to finish stronger in what will be a tough and physical game. Tigers by 8.
Asquith Magpies Vs Mounties
Storey Park, Sunday, July 13
Referee: Jeff Hartup
Broadcast: Radio Coverage courtesy of Triple H FM (Link available via www.triplehfm.com.au/hhh)
Summary: The Magpies bounced back from a disappointing loss to Kingsgrove to defeat reigning premiers Wentworthville in Round 14, and will now look to build on that performance against Mounties. Asquith currently sits one position (3rd) above their rivals on the competition ladder and will look to extend their lead with a victory this weekend. With the second best defence in the competition, look for Asquith to pressure their opposition playmakers. Mounties will be shooting for their seventh-straight victory this weekend as they continue their climb up the Ron Massey Cup ladder. A dangerous attacking team who are capable of running up quick points on their opposition, watch for their halves to spread the ball early in the tackle count to stretch the Asquith defence. This is potentially one of the best match ups of the season.
Prediction: Mounties to continue their winning ways in a close battle. Mounties by 6.
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