Author: Rebecca Westlake
After their last meeting with Mounties saw them go down 52 points to 6, Western Suburbs Magpies hoped for a game of redemption, but despite their efforts, it was the visitors who held on to win the Round 13 clash, by six points at Campbelltown Stadium.
Chris McQueen would score the Magpies’ first points after a Tyson Gamble bomb was fumbled by a Mounties contester and found the hands of the experience second rower who was in the right place at the right time. Kauri’s conversion was waved away by officials leaving Wests with a 4-nil lead half way through the first stanza.
Mounties would soon take the lead after an injured Kauri Aupouri-Puketapu who stayed down in back play was missed by officials, leaving an overlap in attack and room for Brendan O’Hagan to slip through and score behind the posts. An easy for conversion for Andre Niko sent his team into the sheds with a two point lead.
Returning from the break, the Magpies were quick to regain the lead after a cross field kick from Gamble found winger Bilal Maarbani who claimed the host’s second. Paul Momirovski took over kicking duties, but did no better in landing the extras.
McQueen was thought to have scored a double and possibly extended the Magpies lead, but was ruled to have knocked the ball on before grounding the ball.
Mounties winger Andre Niko put his side back in front minutes later after a Magpies error awarded the visitors with their second try. Niko went on to convert his own try, taking the score out to 12-8.
Reuben Rennie would go on to extend Mountie’s lead beyond a converted try, grounding an O’Hagan kick just before the dead ball line. Niko was successful in his third conversion, giving Mounties a 10 point lead with just as many minutes remaining.
Winning the restart, Wests campaigned towards the line receiving back to back penalties and penalty of possession to reduce the gap, doing so through Kane Bradley who dived over in the corner. Tyson Gamble tried his luck at the posts but was unsuccessful, leaving the final score 18-12.
Mounties 18 (Brendan O'Hagan, Andre Niko, Reuben Rennie tries; Andre Niko 3/3 goals) def. Western Suburbs Magpies 12 (Chris McQueen, Bilal Maarbani, Kane Bradley tries; Kauri Aupouri-Puketapu 0/1, Paul Momirovski 0/1, Tyson Gamble 0/1 goals)