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Around the Grounds | Presidents Cup Rd 3

Some big wins in Round Three of the Presidents Cup this week. 

Glebe Burwood Wolves 53 def Wentworthville Magpies 16

Glebe Burwood have stamped their mark on the Presidents Cup competition with a huge 53-16 win over Wentworthville, while also winning the NSW Challenge Cup.

The Magpies opened the scoring when Eli Levido spotted some space and threw a short pass to Eli Roberts who went through a hole to score four minutes into the contest.

Halfback Beau Henry converted to take the score to 6-nil but it wasn’t to remain for long as Glebe hit back through their winger Latrell Robinson.

A cut-out pass from Glebe five-eighth Sitiveni Moceidreke on the left-hand side of the field sent Robinson over in the corner and Addison Demetriou’s kick hit the upright and went through to lock the scores up at 6-all.

Off the back of multiples penalties and a drop-out, Glebe fullback Honeti Tuha used some fancy footwork through the middle and sent a pass off to his winger John Olive to score in the opposite corner to their first try.

During the try, Wenty’s Beau Henry was sent from the field for the remainder of the game for talking back to referee, so in a massive blow, Wenty were forced to play on with 12 men for the remainder of the match.

In the second quarter, big man Thomas Hazleton broke through the line and strode away, he held the ball up perfectly and passed to Tuha to score and the conversion was successful to take the scores to 16-6.

The Magpies were feeling the heat, the possession rate and the struggle of being one-man down when Patrice Siolo was on the end of a short pass and crashed over between the sticks and the conversion was successful to take the scores to 22-6.

An offload from Tuha and some Siomne Afemui footwork drew defenders in and put Robinson away to score his second and Moceidreke converted to take scores to 28-6.

Just before the break, Wentworthville’s Henry Raiwalui put in a grubber kick deep in goal and Nicholas Walker ran onto it and scored to take the scores to 28-10 at halftime.

The Wolves kept a roll on in the second half, with a double to Liam Coleman and Tuha recorded a hat-trick all thanks to his silky footwork and dominance in attack.

Magpies winger Walker bagged a double in the corner and second-rower Kieran Hayman converted from the sideline and reduced the deficit to 52-16.  

With seconds left on the clock, Moceidreke slotted a field goal to take the final score to 53-16.

The match also acted as the Final for NSWRL’s Challenge Cup which was held earlier in the year and is a pre-season competition involving metropolitan and regional teams, so Glebe not only recorded a Round Three win, they claimed bragging rights for the 2020 Challenge Cup title.

Dubbo CYMS 28 def Western Rams 10

Dubbo CYMS triumph 28-10 over Western Rams in a battle that was well and truly won in the second half.

The first forty minutes of the match saw both teams involved in an equal contest. The CYMS scored the first try of the day in the eighth minute of the game with a successful conversion by halfback Bayden Searle.

Eight minutes later, the Western Rams fought back and snagged a try and conversion of their own by winger Mackenzie Atkins, and soon after, five-eighth Mitchell Burke charged through a strong CYMS defence line to secure the Rams a 10-6 lead into half-time.

Dubbo came out of the sheds into the second half to run riot on the Rams – and indeed they did.

Five-eighth Alex Bonham scored a four-pointer in the 51st minute, followed by a conversion from his halves partner Searle to give the CYMS the lead 12-10.

Searle himself followed suit and scored after a slick line-break and pass from fullback Tony Pellow, shadowed only three minutes later by second-rower Billy Sing who was too big and too strong for the Rams defence.

With their lead well and truly established at 22-10 with only ten minutes remaining, the CYMS weren’t done yet.

On the fifth tackle in the last five minutes, the number one, Pellow, chose to not do a predictable pass to the halfback - Instead he ran around the Rams middles and scored right in between the goal posts to end the day 28-10.

A huge effort and display of excellence on the field by the CYMS who now claim their first two points on the NSW Presidents Cup ladder.


Other matches: 

North Sydney Bears 38 def Thirroul Butchers 16

Maitland Pickers 22 def Hills District 18

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