Written by: Rebecca Westlake
An 80th minute field goal by Tyson Gamble saw the Western Suburbs Magpies seal their eleventh win this season over Mounties last Sunday in the Nation’s Capital.
New comer Dylan Smith scored the Magpies first points in his third game at the Intrust Super Premiership level after he spun away from his defence. Tui Lolohea made it 6-0 after just a few minutes in his return to reserve grade.
Mounties were soon in possession and used this to their advantage with Tyler Cornish finding Sebastian Kris and sending the centre over for the 4 pointer. Taane Milne was unable to add the extras, leaving his team to trial by 2.
A short time later, Smith was in again for his second try, after a powerful line break from fellow development squad member Thomas Mikaele sent the full back over under the posts.
With high momentum, Wests continued to march up field, eventually seeing Patrice Siolo over the line after a no look pass from Tyson Gamble. Lolohea extended the lead to 14 with just as many minutes remaining in the first half.
Another mistake on the restart due to the midday Canberra sun, gave Mounties the chance to put on some much needed pressure finishing with Matt Lyons diving over in the corner. Taane Milne missed his second attempt at the posts, leaving the score 18-8 in favour of the visitors.
Mounties next set would see the Wests defence short after a speedy right to left shift gave the home side the overlap they needed to see Tony Satini over the line, staying clear of the left touch line by centimetres.
Still determined, the Magpies muscled up field with a last play option working in their favour but was eventually ruled a forward pass.
Tensions flared when Joseph Ratu was ruled to have stripped the ball, leaving Patrice Siolo in a bit of a scuffle with his opponents. Mounties used the next set to even the score with Brendan O’Hagan dodging multiple Wests defence to reach out and put the ball down over the line.
Returning from the break Mounties were fired up and hungry for more points, almost conceding after a crazy final play which saw a bit of everything but was eventually called back due to a forward pass.
Wests unable to maintain possession, giving Mounties another shot at the line. The home side hoped to take the lead when a penalty was awarded just metres out from the try line, but Milne was unsuccessful yet again in his attempt.
It was a great day for the development boys with Thomas Mikaele scoring the first points of the second half, after 25 minutes of an 18-all stalemate. The 20 year old used his strength to power through his defence and get himself the four points. Lolohea widened the margin to 6 points.
With momentum finally beginning to build, Wests took advantage of a Mounties mistake and marched up field, showing strength and determination. A offload fwhich landed in the hands of sprinting Tui Lolohea who scored under the posts, bringing the score to 30-18.
Mounties put themselves back into the game with Daniel Roberts getting a four-pointer after darting out from dummy half and diving under his defence. Milne converted, bringing the margin to a single converted try.
A right side rampage caught Wests off guard with Taane Milne evening the score with just 3 minutes remaining. With the pressure of no golden point option, both teams gave it their all in the final minutes.
With just 50 seconds remaining, Wests snatched the win with Tyson Gamble calmly slotting a beautifully timed field goal to seal the win.
WESTERN SUBURBS 31 (Dylan Smith 2, Patrice Siolo, Thomas Mikaele, Tui Lolohea tries; Tui Lolohea 5 goals, Tyson Gamble field goal) def. MOUNTIES 30 (Sebastian Kris, Matt Lyons, Brendan O'Hagan, Tony Satini, Daniel Roberts, Taane Milne tries; Sitiveni Moceidreke 3 goals)
Written by: Steve Reeves
Wests Magpies were hoping to continue their momentum after their last outing against the Hills Bulls, but it was not to be. The game was only 2 minutes old when Cleveland McGhie crossed for Cabramatta 1st try of the afternoon. From then on I am discouraged to report that the Two Blues dominated proceedings. They recorded 2 further converted tries; 1 each to Jake Steadman & Zachery Mackay before Wests Magpies got onto the score board. Their try came after a well-structured raid down the western side of the field which resulted in five eight Thomas Morrison scoring a try adjacent to the posts. With Kelsey Coakes conversion it reduced Cabramatta’s lead to 18 points to Wests Magpies 6. Before half time Cabramatta crossed for 3 further converted tries giving them a half time advantage 36 to Wests Magpies 6. They were scored by Shane Kiel, Jake Steadman & Emosi Alamoti with Mackay kicking each of his 6 attempts at goal during the half.
The 2nd half did not bring any joy to the visitors with Cabramatta running in a further 5 converted tries to increase their lead to 66 points to 6. They were scored by Shane Kiel, Jake Steadman, Kenny Niko, Emosi Alamoti & Moses Manu with Steadman continuing to add to his total after converting each of those tries. The Magpies scored the next 2 after wing three quarter Jack Gibbons then 2nd row forward David Minute crossed in the eastern corner. Kelsey Coakes missed his 1st attempt but converted Minute’s try. In the dying stages Cabramatta’s Tala Mapesone scored, but Steadman missed the conversion, his only one of the day. In the end Cabramatta were too strong for the visitors running out winners 70 points to 14.
In closing, whilst it was a disheartening loss, it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge those who continually put their bodies on the line week in & week out. Some of those are mentioned below whilst others have been nominated in previous reports. In other reviews I have singled out young fullback Keiran Wyld for his strong performances. This week was no different. The high kicks continued to rain down on him & to his credit he made sure he took them cleanly whilst receiving a lot of attention from the hard chasing Cabramatta outfit. He was solid in defense with one particular tackle a standout when Cabramatta’s lock forward Dhrys Miller looked certain to score, but Keiran held firm on his line before driving the hard running lock backwards.
NB: On behalf of Wests Magpies I congratulate Kurt Aldridge on his selection in Wests Magpies ISP team. Kurt is a quality young man on and off the field. Well done mate.
Wests Magpies. Tries Thomas Morrison, Jack Gibbons & David Minute with Kelsey Coakes kicking 2 from 3 attempts. Best for the Magpies. Mick’s best 3: David Harris, Brendan Waters and Keiran Wyld. Luke Williams, Inno Inosesio and Josh Davis also battled hard throughout the afternoon.
Two Blues. 3 tries to Jake Steadman, 2 each to Emosi Alamoti & Shane Kiel, with tries to Tala Mapesone, Cleveland McGhie, Kenny Niko, Moses Manu & Zachery Mackay who also kicked 11 goals from 12 attempts. Best for the Two Blues. Jake Steadman, Shane Kiel, Dhrys Miller, Hayden Ashcroft & Tala Mapesone.