Preview | Ron Massey Cup Round 23
The penultimate round of the Ron Massey Cup is here and there are some crucial games ahead of us this week. If last week’s results were any indication, there’s sure to be great contests and nail biting finishes.
As it stands, Mounties have stretched the gap at the top of the ladder, securing the minor premiership. The rest of the top eight are yet to be decided with a number of teams still vying for a crucial run in to the play-offs.
This week features a vital match between Asquith and Guildford and it’s sure to get fans excited. The action from Storey Park kicks off at 3pm this Sunday.
Asquith is looking to hold their place in the top four while Guildford need a win to ensure they qualify for the semi-finals.
Asquith coach Simon Clarke knows the importance of continuing their form into the semis.
“It’s a massive challenge. We started [the season] off really well and the last seven or eight weeks have been up and down,” Clarke said. “Once the semis come around, it’ll be a whole new season.”
Last time these two teams played Asquith came home with the win. “Our attack was spot on. We defended five sets in a row on our line. That set us up for the win,” Clarke said.
“The Guildford side have had a number of changes and they’ve been going well in the last couple of weeks. There’s no easy game in this competition and this is sure to be a challenge. Its paramount that we win this weekend.
“I’d like to see more consistency in attack and more commitment in defence. We’ve slackened off in the last couple of weeks, so hopefully we can turn it around.”
Mick Pearsall is the league’s current leading try-scorer with 26 tries. “Mick’s a great finisher and is playing with a great amount of confidence. Our left side, including Mick and Jeco Marketo, have been a very good combination.”
“Francis Tuigamalo has been my standout. He’s a front rower but I’ve had to shift him around the park due to injury. His work load as well as the amount of minutes he plays is unbelievable.”
This week’s other games include Mounties taking on Auburn, Western Suburbs facing Blacktown, Concord-Burwood clashing with Kingsgrove, Wenty taking on Windsor and Cabramatta enjoying the bye.