Ron Massey Cup Preview - Round Twenty Two
Windsor Wolves Vs Wentworthville Magpies
Sportingbet Stadium, Saturday, August 30
Referee: Todd Smith
Summary: The Windsor Wolves will need to defeat the reigning premiers and rely on other results to go their way this weekend to have any hope of contesting the Ron Massey Cup Finals in 2014. The Wolves went toe-to-toe with Asquith last weekend and came up with a draw in one of the most entertaining games of the season thus far. Eli Makaui scored a double for his side and will once again threaten the opposition defence from the interchange bench this weekend. Due to a superior point’s differential, the Wentworthville Magpies only need to win on the weekend to ensure back-to-back minor premierships. The Magpies will be hoping they can bounce back from an uncharacteristic performance against Auburn last weekend, where they were defeated 25-4. With the minor premiership on the line, we’re expecting Wenty to turn up with their game faces on.
Prediction: Plenty to play for both teams this weekend, but we’re expecting Wenty to emerge as victors. Magpies by 10.
Mounties Vs Auburn Warriors
Mt Pritchard Sports Ground, Saturday, August 30
Referee: Scot Murray
Summary: After a thumping win over Burwood last weekend, Mounties will be looking to put their best foot forward when they take on Auburn in the final round of the Ron Massey Cup. Mounties are still a chance of winning the minor premiership, but will need other results to go their way to take pole position. With a backline containing Theo Leato, Louis Vaiotu and Gus Aiga; Mounties have the strike power to match it with any side in the competition and will be a major threat in the weeks to come. Auburn scored the upset of the round last weekend when they defeated reigning premiers Wentworthville 25-4. The Warriors currently sit in seventh position and can finish as high as fifth by the completion of the regular season with a victory over Mounties and losses to Cabramatta and Guildford. Arthur Little and Matt Utai have been in great form in recent weeks and will look to carry their good form into the finals.
Prediction: We’re predicting this game to go down to the wire. Mounties by 8.
Blacktown Workers Vs Kingsgrove Colts
HE Laybutt Sporting Complex, Saturday, August 30
Referee: Phil Sung
Summary: After tough seasons, both Blacktown and Kingsgrove will be looking to go out with a bang in the final round of the Ron Massey Cup for 2014. Blacktown’s three-match winning streak came to an end last weekend when they were trounced 46-0 by Guildford. The Workers committed far too many unforced errors and will be looking to improve their completions when they take on the Colts. Kingsgrove will be aiming for their fifth win this season, in what has been a great improvement on last year’s efforts. The Colts have been far more competitive in 2014 and should look at this season as a building block for better things to come. The battle between halves Pat Weisner and Abbas Miskie will go a long way to determining the outcome of the match.
Prediction: Anything can happen in the last game of the season and we’re expecting both teams to provide plenty of entertainment. Colts by 6.
Guildford Owls Vs Asquith Magpies
McCredie Park, Sunday, August 31
Referee: Jeff Hartup
Summary: Thanks to a resounding 46-0 win over Blacktown last weekend, the Guildford Owls are now guaranteed a place in the Ron Massey Cup finals. Guildford’s two straight victories leading into the final game of the regular season have masked some indifferent form over the last six weeks and the Owls will be hoping they can build on that momentum this weekend against Asquith. Shane Hunt and Harmony Hunt scored doubles against Blacktown and will need to be watched by the Magpies defence. Asquith remain a mathematical chance of finishing as minor premiers for the 2014 season but will need Wentworthville, The Entrance and Mounties to all suffer defeats. The Magpies have won three of their last four matches leading into the finals and are definitely considered a premiership threat by their opponents. Jack Hawkins, Ben Fisher and Aaron Groom have been combining well in recent weeks and will test the Owls defence.
Prediction: This game provides the perfect warm up to the finals for both sides. Magpies by 6.
Burwood North Ryde United Vs Western Suburbs Magpies
TG Milner, Sunday, August 31
Referee: Ryan Jackson
Summary: The Western Suburbs Magpies will need a victory over last place Burwood to assure their place in the Ron Massey Cup finals. The Magpies have won three of their last six matches and will know that they need to put their best foot forward if they want to enter the finals with confidence. Mason Talolua and Soni Passi have been strong in the front-row and will need to lay the platform early for their side. Burwood will be looking to put a disappointing season behind them with a strong performance this weekend. United have only managed four wins this season and will benefit next year from the blooding of young players this season. With a home crow behind them, perhaps they can finish the year with a bang!
Prediction: With a position in the finals on the line, it’s hard to see Western Suburbs dropping this one. Magpies by 10.
Cabramatta Two Blues Vs The Entrance Tigers
New Era Stadium, Sunday, August 31
Referee: Drew Oultram
Summary: Due to a negative points differential, Cabramatta could find themselves missing the finals if other results go against them this weekend. The Two Blues will be desperate for the win this weekend and their task isn’t made any easier by having to take on The Entrance who currently sit in third position on the Ron Massey Cup ladder. Cabramatta escaped with a four-point win over the Magpies last weekend and will need to repeat their heroics this weekend. If The Entrance win this weekend, they will still need Wentworthville and Mounties to suffer defeats to claim the minor premiership. The Tigers scored an impressive 50-20 win over Kingsgrove last weekend with Alan Mulia Malau and Jake Fitzpatrick playing major parts in their side’s victory. Look for them to lead from the front once again this weekend.
Prediction: With so much at stake, this match should provide plenty of entertainment for the fans at New Era Stadium. A home crowd has us leaning towards Cabramatta, but only just. Two Blues by 1.
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