Ron Massey Cup Rd 21 Preview
It feels as if the Ron Massey Cup only started a month or so ago, but the finals are right around the corner. Mounties are soaring above the pack on 34 competition points, with Wentworthville in second on 28 points.
While first and second place seem to be set in stone, the remainder of the top four is still anyone’s guess. Third through to seventh looks set to chance throughout the remaining four rounds, however Asquith and Blacktown currently round out the top four.
Similar to the Sydney Shield, there are three teams vying for eighth spot. Cabramatta, Wests and Concord Burwood are all equal on 14 points, however Cabramatta hold a better for-and-against.
This week’s match of the round is between Guildford and Western Suburbs at McCredie Park on Sunday at 3pm.
Last time these teams faced off, Guildford came home with the win. Wests coach, Nathan Waters believes his team can turn the tide this time around. “I think we’ve become more disciplined over the last four or five weeks. We’ve been working pretty hard on our defence around the ruck,” Waters says.
Wests are facing an uphill battle to make the finals, but a win this week will make that task a lot easier.
Waters knows that some improvement in their game is required if his side are to finish the season well. “[We need to] get rid of our errors and stop giving away penalties. We’ve been piggybacking teams out of their own end. If we can eliminate these and start building some pressure down their end of the field I think we can give other teams a run for their money.”
“We’ve been a little bit inconsistent in terms of our results but the effort has been there. Tom Morrison is good each week, he’s always ripping in. Along with David Harris, they’ve been our two most consistent blokes this year,” Waters said.
In other games this week, Kingsgrove take on Cabramatta, Blacktown face Concord Burwood, Auburn clash with Asquith, Windsor take on Mounties and Wentworthville have the bye.