Ron Massey Cup Previews Rd 13
Mounties, Wentworthville and Asquith are clearly the three best teams in the competition, currently having won 24 out of 28 games collectively.
The fives teams below them are under pressure to maintain their ladder positions each week, as there is only two wins separating fourth and eighth spot.
Asquith will host Mounties in a top-of-the-table blockbuster this Sunday at Storey Park.
Mounties are coming off their first loss of the season last week and their coach Chris Hutchinson is adamant they will be focusing on their own performance in order to bounce back against Asquith.
“We’ll just worry about ourselves,” says Hutchinson. “We didn’t play too well on the weekend so we want to have a much better performance.
“Hopefully we can rectify a few areas that we weren’t good at. Obviously we have a big game against Asquith who are a very good side and very physical.”
These two teams played each other in round six, where Mounties came away with a 26-18 victory.
Hutchinson expects another tough game this Sunday.
“[Asquith] were good against us last time but we were lucky to get away with a win, so it will be a real tough game against them because they’ll be really wanting to beat us this time.”
Mounties have excelled this year as a club and Hutchinson puts their excellent start to the year down to their good pre season hoping they can continue their form in the second half of the year.
“We train with all three grades together, so a good pre season and also everyone competing for spots [is the reason to the early success].”
These two sides have dominated for the entire season and while their top four spot is guaranteed for now, the result of this game could see a major shift at the top of the ladder.
The other form team – Wentworthville – will take on Western Suburbs this weekend at Campbelltown Oval, who will be looking to move away from the bottom of the ladder.
Windsor Wolves are in range of the top four, so they will be desperate for a win when they play Concord-Burwood at Goddard Park this Sunday afternoon.
Sixth-placed Cabramatta will host seventh-placed Auburn Warriors at New Era Stadium, in a game that is sure to impact the bottom half of the top eight.
Hurstville Oval will see last-placed Kingsgrove attempt to get their first win of the season against eighth-placed Guildford, who could be in danger of dropping out of the top eight if they lose.