After five rounds of the Ron Massey Cup the top sides have started to break themselves away from the pack. There is already a two game buffer between fifth placed Windsor and sixth placed Blacktown.
With another round gone by the same three teams, Asquith, Mounties and Wentworthville, remain undefeated.
However, it is guaranteed to change this weekend with Mounties hosting Asquith in a top of the table clash at Aubrey Keech Reserve.
Asquith are coming off the bye and have had two weeks to prepare for this clash, while Mounties are coming off a very strong 40–6 win over Western Suburbs. This game is a potential grand final preview, where the winner will gain enormous confidence for the remainder of the competition.
Mounties coach Chris Hutchison believes that Asquith has been the form team of the competition and it will take a very dominant performance to beat them, as they have been strong all across the park.
“I think it will be won in the middle. Asquith are a very good side and they have a big strong middle and also have experience in the halves,” Hutchison said.
Mounties, under the guidance of Hutchison this season, are taking it month by month, with this hopefully leading to a top four spot come finals time.
“We basically have four-week blocks, we were pretty happy with our first four weeks, and we are just about to start our next block, and hopefully we can keep rolling,” Hutchison conveying his optimism for the next few rounds of the competition.
After a perfect opening “four week block” it is no wonder why Hutchison has the confidence to go forward with his Mounties team.
When asked about why the Mounties club has become such a powerhouse in the NSWRL competitions at all levels, Hutchison expresses the clubs desire to “bring kids through as good as we can and develop them as well as we can, through all three grades,”
“We are doing this through our recruitment and coaching, and trying to develop a top four side at least in all grades, and then reassess when we get there,” Hutchison describes.
The clubs relationship with Canberra is also a massive asset for Mounties who now have a complete pathway from juniors all the way through to first grade.
In this week’s other matches Auburn verse Cabramatta, Guildford face Kingsgrove, Windsor clash with Concord Burwood and Wentworthville contest Western Suburbs, while Blacktown have the bye.