RMC WRAP: Round 4
The Cabramatta Two Blues stayed in the Ron Massey Cup top four with a controversial 42-26 win over a 12-man St Marys in the Match Of The Round at St Marys Leagues Stadium last Saturday Night.
After the Saints looked irresistible in shooting out to a 12-nil lead inside the first 10 minutes, the match turned in the 26th minute when St Marys five-eighth Adrian Davis was sensationally sent off by referee James Vella for a head-high tackle on Two Blues winger BJ Nathan.
Cabramatta levelled the scores with a converted try to Saxon Ona at 12-all shortly after Davis’ dismissal, and then overpowered a gallant but tiring 12-man defensive unit in the second half to lead 36-16 with 10 minutes left, on the way to a seven-tries-to-five win.
Wentworthville Magpies established themselves as early season Ron Massey Cup favourites with a 32-20 win over Guildford Owls at McCredie Park last Saturday.
The Magpies built their win on an explosive opening with four unanswered tries to lead 22-nil after 25 minutes. Guildford replied with two tries to bring the scores back to 22-10 at the break.
Magpies second-rower Danny Howard completed his hat-trick of tries in the second half as ‘Wenty’ secured a 32-10 lead with 15 minutes left. The Owls scored two late consolation tries in the closing stages.
Defending Premiers Mounties marked their return to Aubrey Keech Reserve for the year with a grinding 24-10 win over a committed Hills District Bulls last Saturday.
Mounties led a tight contest 6-nil at half time, with fullback Mitch Beggs-Mowzcan starring in a Man Of The Match performance. Halfback Chad Porter contributed 16 points for “The Mulga” with two tries and four goals from four attempts.
A dramatic intercept try from Western Suburbs winger Tala Mapesone with 90 seconds remaining saw the Magpies ‘get out of jail’ to pip an unlucky Blacktown Workers 24-22 at Kirkham Park, Camden last Saturday.
The Workers dominated a lacklustre Magpies outfit in the first half. When Workers hooker Dean Parata scored a converted try on the stroke of half time, the visitors took an 18-6 lead into the break.
Converted tries to Magpies number 7 Brendan Waters and fullback Shannon Gallant levelled scores midway through the half, before the home side took the lead for the first time from a Gallant penalty with 13 minutes remaining.
The Workers regained the lead when William Butler scored, before Mapasone found himself defending a four-man overlap on his wing with 90 seconds left. The winger stuck out a hand to snare the intercept from a Blacktown pass and dash 35 metres to score and break Workers’ hearts.
Auburn Warriors moved to second spot on the Ron Massey Cup ladder with a thumping 40-8 win over Concord-Burwood Wolves at Lidcombe Oval last Saturday.
With centre Abraham El Zakhem and winger Ben Dakuwaqa scoring doubles, the Warriors were never in danger against the disappointing Wolves in scoring seven tries in their win.
Finally, 2015 Grand Finalists Asquith Magpies got their first on-field win for the year when they comfortably disposed of a plucky Kingsgrove Colts 48-20 at Norford Park, Sefton last Thursday Night.
Magpies skipper Aaron Groom and winger Sam Buttel bagged doubles as the Magpies scored 10 tries against a Colts outfit boosted by the long-awaited return from injury of Sydney Roosters Holden Cup captain Paul Momirovski in the centres.
Momirovski played strongly in scoring a try and having a hand in two others for the Colts in a welcome sign that his return to the Roosters fold is imminent.
Wentworthville are the sole unbeaten leaders on eight points from four teams, led by Auburn and Mounties on six points. The hapless Colts sit at the bottom of the table on percentages with two points.
The first split round of the season sees just two games played this weekend – both on Sunday.
Wentworthville host Kingsgrove at Ringrose Park while the Match Of The Day sees Hills District Bulls and Guildford play in the annual Nathan Gremmo Memorial Shield game at Crestwood Reserve.