Author: Rebecca Westlake
Coming off the back of a strong and impressive win in their Round One clash with Blacktown Workers last week, Wests Magpies hoped to make it two from two against but couldn't quite get there, going down 36-4 to Asquith Magpies at Leichhardt Oval.
Play got off to a rough start for Wests Magpies with some early penalties and errors in attack resulting in Asquith’s first try of the afternoon through Jake Beetson scoring under the posts. Asquith fullback Honeti Tuha was successful with his conversion, bringing the score to 6-0 after 8 minutes of play.
Hungry for more points, the visiting Magpies shifted left to Jordan Remfrey, who sprinted through the Wests defensive line towards the try line with Josh Daly trailing behind him. Daly tackled Remfrey just short of the line with the Asquith centre getting penalised for double movement handing the ball over to the homeside.
With two repeat sets under their belt, the Magpies marched towards the line lead by Josh Davis and Edward Carter, who’s hit ups and running metres were impressive throughout the game.
Manaia Rudolph, found himself in trouble when he was carried out of the field of play. As a result, a scrum in favour of the visitors followed by a penalty set Asquith up for their next try. A overlap in defence sent Nicholas O’Meley over to score under the posts for another easy conversion for Tuha.
Wests had to step up their game in defence, and did so with the Minute Brothers, David and Avia leading the way, both making strong and relentless tackles. But the Magpies defence wasn’t quite enough to hold out five-eighth Kurtis Preece who dived over the line from dummy half for Asquith’s third try of the evening. Tuha added the extras, bring the score to 18-0 with 6 minutes remaining in the first half.
It wasn’t long until the visitors added to the score board again with a controversial try awarded to Matt Place as the half time siren sounded, after the kick chasers appeared to be all off-side. Tuha’s conversion sent Wests Magpies into the sheds scoreless, trailing 24-0.
A sloppy second half start from both side’s saw a knock on from Asquith in their attempt to keep the ball within the field of play after being tackled into touch. The official's ruling gave Wests the chance to work their way towards their line, hopeful of points.
Wests set up a short side raid after quickly shifting left, finding the hands of Isaac Rabuatoka, who juggled the ball before scoring in the corner. Rudolph was unsuccessful in converting after the ball bounced off the posts, leaving the score 24-4.
Josh Daly gave away an unfortunate penalty after officials ruled a late tackle on kicker Blake Goodman. Asquith took a shot at goal, widening the margin by two more points.
It seemed that no matter how hard Wests worked for points, nothing seemed to give the desired results. Asquith scored their next try off the back of another Wests error with O’Meley diving over for his second of the afternoon, putting four more points on the score sheet.
Tempers were sent flying when Ahmad Ellaz, who had been impressively consistent throughout the game, found himself in a bit of strife after there was an incident in the tackle and officials sin-binning the second rower for 10 minutes.
The following play would see both teams run in to defend their own, stopping play once more. Official’s gave both captains a warning and awarded Asquith another penalty.
Moments later, Asquith were awarded yet another penalty from in front with 11 minutes remaining, giving the visitors two more points over Wests.
A short kick off seemly disadvantaged the home team, until Asquith was penalised for catching the ball within the 10 metre boundary, giving Wests good position for the line. Another dropped ball from Wests sent Asquith downfield and with a quick play the visitors scored their final try through an unmarked Curtis Johnston leaving the full time score 36-4.
Asquith Magpies 36 (Jake Beetson, Nicholas O’Meley 2, Kurtis Preece, Matt Place, Curtis Johnston tries; Honeti Tuha 4/6 conversions) def. Western Suburbs Magpies 4 (Isaac Rabuatoka try)
Author: Rebecca Westlake
Western Suburbs Magpies have recorded an outstanding 48-10 win over the Warriors at Campbelltown Stadium last Sunday, leaving them to sit nicely at the top of the table after Round Two of the Canterbury Cup NSW.
Josh Reynolds, Wests Tigers major signing of last season was in the starting side for the Magpies, playing key roles in his side’s attacking rampage, with the five-eight scoring two tries and setting up three others sending the Campbelltown Crowd ballistic.
The Magpies were the first to put points on the board through Watson Heleta after an early penalty was award to Brett Hodgson’s men. The winger swiftly collected a grubber to score his first try of the afternoon with Tyson Gamble adding the extras soon after bringing the score to 6-nil after just 3 minutes of play.
Wests weren’t able to hold onto the lead for long after the Warriors received a penalty in their first set. Fullback Patrick Herbert charged an unsuspecting Magpies defensive line, crashing over to score his team’s only points of the first half. Chanel Harris-Tavita’s successful conversion levelled the score.
Continuing the fashion of points after penalties, Wests scored again after being awarded a penalty for an offside Warrior’s defender. A shift through the hands found an unmarked Bilal Maarbani who dived over the line untouched.
Tough defence from Kauri Aupouri-Puketapu, Josh Reynolds and Robbie Rochow set the standard for their side’s next defence sets, minimising the Warriors metres and maintaining the lead.
A lack of discipline from the Warriors gave the Magpies a great amount of possession leading into the second quarter, seeing Maarbani diving over for his second of the afternoon, unlucky not to lead by more with Reynolds denied by officials moments later.
Reynolds would soon claim his first of the 2019 season backing up Joseph Ratuvakacereivalu who burst through his defence and got a shift pass away for the five-eighth to score under the posts, making an easy conversion for Gamble, bringing the score to 20-6.
A dropped ball from the Warriors would set up the Magpies next try with Soni Luke putting in a quick grubber for Joseph Ratuvakacereivalu, awarding the forward with his first four pointer of the season. Gamble added the extras from right in front, leaving the half time for 26-6.
Returning to the field, the Magpies continued their scoring blitz, this time through Sam McIntyre who collected his own kick after it bounced off Herbert, scooting past the fullback to score just left of the posts.
Back-to-back penalties awarded to the boys in Black and White sent them over for their seventh try of the afternoon with Heleta receiving a beautiful cut out pass courtesy of Josh Reynolds, widening the margin to 36-6.
A repeat set for the Warriors saw the visitors intercept the Magpies try streak, claiming their second and last try of the game with Setu Tu diving under his defence to bring the score to 36-10 with 26 minutes of play remaining.
Remaining relentless in attack, the Magpies were on the board again, this time thanks to Braden Robson who quickly dived out from dummy half to score. Gamble, once again, added the extras making it 42-10.
Smart attacking techniques and a bit of ‘Magpie muscle’ set up Reynolds for his team’s final try of the afternoon with the experienced and deserving five-eighth claiming an individual try after a flawless kick-chase play. Gamble easily converted, bringing the full time score to 48-10.
Western Suburbs Magpies 48 (Watson Heleta 2, Bilal Maarbani 2, Josh Reynolds 2, Joseph Ratuvakacereivalu, Sam McIntyre, Braden Robson tries ; Tyson Gamble 6/9 conversions) def. Warriors 10 (Patrick Herbert, Setu Tu tries; Chanel Harris-Tavita 1/2 conversions)