Sydney Shield Previews Rd 17

Wentworthville Magpies remain outright competition leaders of the Sydney Shield on 24 points with a game in hand.

Windsor Wolves sit in second on 22, while Peninsula Seagulls and Mounties made up the rest of the top four on 20 points each.

Hills District Bulls dropped out of the top four after losing to the Seagulls, but are still well in range of the top four on 19 competition points.

They are playing the East Campbelltown Eagles this Sunday at Waminda Oval and Bulls coach Paul Griffin highlights the importance of every game at this stage of the season.

 “[Every match is] extremely important,” said Griffin.

“If we don’t start putting consistent wins together, we’re going to miss the top four and that makes life a lot more difficult.”

Coming off a heart-breaking loss to the Seagulls where they conceded a 16-point lead, Griffin is adamant his team have to do the one-percenters to pick up a win against the Eagles this week.

“Improving the little things; your defence, your ball control, your ruck control, we just made so many errors at the end of last week.

“It’s the simple things that are hurting us and it’s what we’ve got to fix up.”

Due to these simple errors letting them down in recent times, Griffin says his side will be focusing on themselves more so than particular Eagles players this week.

“It’s really about us more than anything. If we get our stuff right then they’ve got to worry about us and not the other way around.

“Every team’s got players that you pick out things that they do and warn the guys about. At the end of the day if we aren’t doing our stuff right then it doesn’t really matter because they’ll just run over us anyway.”

In other games, Mounties will be looking to keep a hold of their top-four position this Saturday when they take on last-placed Western Suburbs Magpies at Mounties complex.

Peninsula Seagulls want to keep in touch with first position when they host the Auburn Warriors, who are trying to keep in touch with the top eight at Lake Park this Saturday.

Wentworthville Magpies aim to further break away from the pack when they take on the desperate Belrose Eagles who sit second last. This match will take place at Ringrose Park on Sunday.

Finally, the Windsor Wolves are in second spot and a win this weekend against Cabramatta Two-Blues will go a long way to securing their place in the top four. The Two-Blues are sitting in eighth and would like to move deeper into finals contention this Sunday at Windsor Sports Complex.