Previews | RMC Rd 19
A full round of the Ron Massey Cup is back this week after last week’s split round and representative game.
Mounties and Wenty are clear leaders above the rest and have almost certainly locked in the top two spots on the ladder. The remainder of the teams are still fighting to seal their spot in the finals.
This week’s match of the round will see Mounties travel to HE Laybutt Sporting Complex to take on Blacktown Workers on Saturday at 3pm.
Last time they met in round one, we saw a tight finish with Mounties coming home with the win. The Workers will be doing everything they can to reverse this result. This will be driven by their two head coaches, Dan Cochran and Pat Weisner.
“We’ve grown as a side throughout the year. At that stage we had a lot of new faces and since then we’ve combined and gelled as a side. I think we’ll go a long way in getting a result this week,” Cochran said.
Cochran believes that Mounties are the benchmark and this weekend’s match will be a great test,
“There’s no secret as to how Mounties are going. They’re a genuine threat. We need to not only compete, but get over them.”
This is a great opportunity for Blacktown to send a message to the rest of the competition and prove that they are the real deal. This year has been “pretty successful in comparison to previous years. Everyone knows how we’ve performed in years gone by and Pat (Weisner) has done an excellent job on recruiting,” according to Cochran.
However, it will be a much tougher clash than first expected with impressive forward Stanley Waqa not playing.
“He is definitely been one of our standout players this year, but unfortunately he’s unavailable with a broken wrist,” Cochran said
It's set to be a great match and a major influence in determining the makeup of the top four.
In this week’s other matches, Windsor face Auburn, Wentworthville take on Guildford, Cabramatta battle Western Suburbs and Asquith encounter Kingsgrove, while Concord-Burwood have the bye.