Author: Rebecca Westlake
Injuries and sin bins were amongst the Western Suburbs Magpies troubles last Sunday at Aubrey Keech Reserve going down to Mounties 40-4 in a messy Round 4 clash.
Play got off to a rough start for the Magpies, losing Abraham El-Zakham in the first few minutes due to an injury after he fell in attempt to tackle his opponent.
A shuffle in the Magpies line saw Jack Gibbons take the field for the first time this season and was a stand out in both attack and defence.
Mounties found themselves on the board first through Ryan King who fooled the Magpies defence showing the ball out wide but turned and stepped inside to score.
A Mounties mistake in attack gave Edward Carter a chance to give his side a little bit of momentum and continued to do so with the help of Josh Daly and Manaia Rudolph, both consistent throughout.
The Magpies were almost over after a nice offload from prop Avia Minute to Samuel Kimi-loane created an overlap but couldn’t get close enough for points. Wests attack forced Mounties to make a play at the ball resulting in a goal line drop out. Off the back of a strong attacking set, Josh Daly was almost over after he dived out from dummy half but was ruled away by officials.
Frustration got the best of Avia Minute and Kieran Wyld who were both sin binned during the first half. Mounties took advantage of the overlap as well as an 8-1 penalty count to score 16 more points before the half time siren through Jack Payne, Edward Aiono and Roman Loelu.
Returning to the field and trailing by 20 points, the Magpies were determined to score, unlucky not to have done so when Josh Davis was ruled to have been held up despite a cheer from his fellow team mates.
Mounties took advantage of a damp spirited Magpies squad and extended the lead once again with King claiming his second of the afternoon after stepping his defence to crash over.
The second half, continued on much like the first with penalties being the cause of Mounties possession with the home side adding to the scoresheet through Jamin Williams who collected a fly pass to score.
Despite their efforts, the Magpies still couldn’t come up with points. Robert Vai, scored back to back tries to bring his team to 40 points, leaving the Magpies fighting a losing battle.
A late consolation try for Isaac Rabuatoka who nicely collected a fifth tackle kick, finally the Magpies on the board with only minutes remaining leaving the final for 40 points to 4.
Mounties 40 (Ryan King 2, Jack Payne, Edward Aiono, Roman Loelu, Jamin Williams, Robert Vai 2 tries ; Mounties 4/8 conversions) def. Magpies 4 (Isaac Rabuatoka try)
Author: Rebecca Westlake
Western Suburbs Magpies suffered their second loss of the season, going down to a strong Mounties side last Sunday. Aubrey Keech Reserve saw the homeside concede 52 points of the Magpies who were only able to score a late consolation try.
Mounties were the first on the board after a quick offload found the hands of winger Tony Satini who was unmarked on the outside of his defence. Andre Niko added the extras giving the homeside an early 6-0 lead.
A strong Wests defence forced an error from Mounties and were awarded scrum, with back to back penalties giving them a fair chance at the line, but were unable to get close to the line.
A good run from Bilal Maarbani gave his side momentum followed by a line break from Watson Heleta, who sprinted down field and got a quick pass out to Harry O’toole. The winger was tackled just short of the line and after a quick play the ball, Heleta made an attempt at the line but lost the ball.
Mounties extended the lead a few minutes later when a last tackle kick was snatched from the hands of Wests fullback Dylan Smith by Anre Niko, who later converted his own try.
Paul Momirovski intercepted a Mounties fly ball and sprinted down field, tackled 30m out from the try line. A string of penalties and repeat sets gave Wests the perfect opportunity for points until a goal line drop out ricocheted off Braden Robson who couldn’t react quick enough, giving the ball back to the hosts. Mounties muscled towards the line and scored through an unmarked Bailey Simonsson.
Wests defence wasn’t enough to hold out the home side with Reubenn Rennie and Simonsson extending the lead. Another successful conversion sent Mounties into the sheds leading by 24 points and a big second half coming up for the Magpies.
Mounties returned to the field and continued to dominate with Brendan O’Hagan diving over in the corner for his team’s sixth try of the game.
Watson Heleta forced the ball lose after a relentless tackle on his opponent which put a spring in the Magpies attack but couldn’t hold the ball for long. Mounties responded to a Magpies error with a sideline riot, some how keeping both themselves and the ball in the field of play, finishing with Niko claiming his second of the afternoon.
Bailey Simonsson, who had already claimed two tries would soon score another two, back-to-back taking on the Magpies defensive line and the fullback proving better in the end.
Penalty awarded 5m out set the Magpies up for their first and only try of the game with a cut out ball finding the hands of a sprinting Harry O’Toole. Tyson Gamble’s successful conversion brought the full time score to 52-6.
Mounties 52 ( Andre Niko 2, Bailey Simonsson 4, Reubenn Rennie, Tony Satini, Brendan O’Hagan tries ; Andre Niko 8/9 goals) def. Magpies 6 (Harry O’Toole try ; Tyson Gamble 1/1 goal)