Rolling coverage of the second week of finals in the Ron Massey Cup.

Mounties v Cabramatta

Jarrod Ryan

A scrappy game of football and a two try effort from Winger Edward Aiono saw the Mounties blow out Cabramatta to keep their finals campaign alive.

The first points of the afternoon came from a short pass from Mounties Five-Eighth Anthony Laoun five metres from the try line, gifting Second Rower Jakob Giles and easy four points in space. A successful conversion by Sam Duggan put the Mounties in front by six points early in the game.

Neither team seemed to be able to develop any attacking pressure, each giving up countless unforced errors. Cabrammata could not capitalise on three back-to-back sets relying on unsuccessful solo heroics or unorganised set plays.

It took close to twenty minutes for the Mounties to score their second try of the game as Mitchell Kennedy split through the centre of Cabramatta’s fractured goal-line defence.

Mounties extended their lead to fourteen points through a successful Sam Duggan penalty goal.

The third Mounties try of the game came minutes later as Layoun broke the Cabramatta defence, handing the ball to his Fullback Daniel Roberts to score between the posts. Cabramatta could not overcome the snowballing score line as the Mounties steamrolled up the field off the back of a poor kick restart. The ball traveled from sideline to sideline as Aiono dove over to push the score differential to twenty-six going into the half time break.

Mounties came back into the game with the same pressure of the first half, scoring from their first set with the ball in the left corner.

Cabramatta’s first try of the afternoon was scored as the team rolled up the field off the back of fast play-the-balls and enthusiastic efforts from their forward pack, leaving Austin Dias with fifteen metres of open space.

Mounties winger Edward Aiono scored his second try of the game cutting back into the undisciplined Cabramatta defence to guarantee an easy conversion.

The Mounties finished the game off with back-to-back tries from Matthew Whitehead and Anti Gafa as Sam Duggan slotted his ninth goal from as many attempts.

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