Written by: Rebecca Westlake
A dynamic Western Suburbs Magpies made it two from two against the Warriors last Saturday at Mt Smart Stadium in New Zealand. Despite having 5 attempts at the line, Magpies’ defensive efforts saw them keep the Warriors scoreless in this Round 10 clash much like their meeting at Campbelltown last month.
The Warriors looked for points very early in the first half with Manaia Cherrington busting through from dummy half only to drop the ball as he crossed the line after a strong tackle.
Josh Aloiai responded soon after, scoring his first try in Magpie colours, powering through the Warriors defensive line from 15 metres out to dive under the posts. Tui Lolohea was successful in his conversion, giving the visitors a 6-0 lead within the first 10 minutes.
The next 30 minutes would see missed opportunities, incomplete sets and penalties from both sides, however no determination was lost. The Warriors came close to the line once more after a right-to-left shuffle, catching the Magpies off guard, but in the end Lewis Soosemea was unsuccessful in his grounding attempt.
A repeat set for the Magpies saw Tyson Gamble pop a field goal with just 20 seconds remaining in the first half making it 7-0 at the break.
Continuing their strong defence, the Magpies denied the Warriors three more times. James Bell was centimetres from grounding the ball under the posts, but was held up after a scrambled tackle from Lolohea and Joseph Ratu.
Lolohea played a big part in the Warriors next attempt, making a try saving tackle, taking Soosemea out of the field of play seconds before he grounded the ball in the left corner, denying him any points.
Pita Godinet and Luke Garner were next to complete a gutsy try saving tackle, keeping Blake Ayshford from grounding the ball in the final quarter of the game.
Watson Heleta found the line with 8 minutes to go after Braden Robson freed himself from a tackle, allowing him to get the offload to the winger on the right edge.
Just a few moments later, Lolohea scored what he thought was going to be his second ISP try of 2018, but was unfortunately called back for an off side kick chase, leaving the score 11-0 at full time.
Western Suburbs Magpies 11 (Josh Aoliai, Watson Heleta tries; Tui Lolohea goal, Tyson Gamble goal) def Warriors 0.
Written by: Steve Reeves
The game was played in cold and windy conditions; however a good crowd had turned up to watch the clash between Wests Magpies and Hills District Bulls.
Wests Magpies were the first to record points after centre three quarter Josh Davis made a strong bumping run to the Hills try line. He played the ball quickly which caught a couple of Hills players on the back foot allowing second row forward David Minute to dive over form dummy half. Half and captain Brendan Waters missed the conversion. Wests Magpies 4 Hills District 0.
Within minutes and almost a repeat of the first try, Josh Davis made a strong run to the Hills 10 metre line. This was backed up by five eight Tom Morrison who was grassed right on the try line. David Minute grabbed the opportunity to score another try when he slammed the ball down. Waters conversion attempt shaded the posts. Wests Magpies 8 Hills District 0.
Hills District kicked off and within a couple of rucks; Wests Magpies knocked the ball on. This was quickly followed by a penalty to the Hills boys which took them within striking distance of the Magpies line. A quick tap saw the opposition advance to within 5 metres of the line. On the last tackle, Hills second row forward David Baumann put his boot to the pill. It rolled between players before wing three quarter Rory Brownlie dived onto the loose ball. Half Mitchell Hyde guided the ball between the uprights to put his team within 2 points of the lead. Wests Magpies 8 Hills District 6.
The game ebbed and flowed for the next 10 minutes or so without either gaining the upper hand. This changed in the 16th minute when Wests put up a bomb on the last tackle which was taken on the run by Hills hooker Dean Milroy who charged from around half way to the Magpies 20 metre line. Half Nick Holliday then put up a kick of his own which was grabbed by centre three quarter Sean Walpole who placed the ball over the line. Hyde’s conversion took his team to a 4 point lead. Hills District 12 Wests Magpies 8.
The game remained an arm wrestle until the 29th minute when lock forward Inno Inosesio ran strongly through a number of attempted tackles before diving over in the corner. Unfortunately Waters conversion attempt was pulled wide of the mark. Hills District 12 Wests Magpies 12.
Momentum remained with the Magpies as they steadily advanced downfield. In the 34th minute Waters ran to the open before switching the attack to the blind side. Seeing the defense run up quickly, Waters kicked the ball along the ground through the opposition’s player’s legs. David Minute obviously read the play as he was on the spot to record his 3rd try of the afternoon. Waters conversion from a difficult angle was waved away. Wests Magpies 18 Hills District 12. Within minutes the half time hooter rang out.
Wests Magpies came out strong and it looked like Josh Davis would be rewarded with a try, but he was tackled centimetres short. On the last tackle Wests were penalised which allowed the Hills team to regroup. Both teams committed a number of errors when deep in opposition territory. Compounding the problem was a run of penalties against both teams. Unfortunately for the Magpies, in the 20th minute after conceding 3 penalties in quick time, Hills fullback Tom Perrin cut through the defensive line to score. With the conversion from Hyde, the teams were locked at 18 points all.
In the 26th minute Wests player Josh Davis made a strong tackle before he was sent from the field which seemed to leave players from both teams scratching their heads. After reaching the end of their next set Hills half Nick Holliday appeared to kick the ball into the legs of a Magpies player. The referee thought otherwise and ruled that a play was made at the ball and gave Hills another six tackles. Their forwards took the ball to the Magpies 10 metre line before second row forward David Baumann capped off a strong game by scoring a try of his own. Hyde’s conversion saw the deadlock broken. Hills District 24 Wests Magpies 18.
In the 32nd minute Wests player David Minute was sent to the sin bin. Hills took advantage of the Magpies depleted squad and in the 39th minute half Mitchell Hyde scored the last try of the afternoon. He made sure of the conversion which resulted in Hills District 30 defeating Wests Magpies 18.
Wests Magpies: 3 tries to David Minute and 1 try to Inno Inosesio. 1 conversion from Kelsey Oakes. Best for the Magpies: Tom Morrison, David Minute, Inno Inosesio, Luke Williams and Brendan Waters.
Hills Bulls: 1 try each to Rory Brownie, Tom Perrin, Sean Walpole, David Baumann and Mitchell Hyde. Hyde kicked 5 from 5.
Best for Hills: David Baumann, Mitchell Hyde, Tim Robinson and Rhys Walpole.