Wentworthville Magpies Vs North Sydney Bears
Ringrose Park, Sunday, July 6
Referee: Jon Stone
By Shane Brien
Round 17: The Wentworthville Magpies easily defeated the last placed North Sydney Bears on Sunday at Ringrose Park, with a convincing 56-16 victory.
After a willing from both sides, Wentworthville capitalised on back-to-back penalties through forward, Taniela Lasalo, who charged over from close to the line for their first try.
Lasalo was one of four Magpies to bag doubles alongside, Bureta Faraimo, Henry Raiwalui and Api Pewhairangi.
Four minutes later, a left edge attacking raid from Wentworthville saw 19-year-old, Tepai Moeroa, score a try in his NSW Cup debut, extending the hosts lead to 12 nil within 8 minutes of kickoff.
North Sydney managed to hit back with their own points through veteran winger, Curtis Johnston and then captain, Matt Hyland.
The Magpies quickly regained control of the match extending their lead with a flurry of tries. With pinpoint kicking from Liam Foran, the Magpies found themselves leading 30 to10. Fortunately for the visitors, they managed to record more points when Mark O’Dare, made a brave decision to leave his wing and attempt an intercept. Fortunately, the move paid off as he raced the better part of 60 metres to score.
Despite plenty of points being scored, the Bears were still in reaching distance, trailing by only 14 at the break.
Ball control in the second half was a problem for the Bears and the Magpies took full advantage with winger, Bureta Faraimo touching down for his second try of the game nine minutes after the break.
With his 16th try for the season, Faraimo passed Marika Koroibete as the VB NSW Cup’s leading try scorer for 2014.
The Magpies completely dominated the second half shutting out the Bears, 26-0 on the back of the experienced Liam Foran and his clever kicking game.
To make matters worse for the Bears, second rower, Josh Toole, had to be assisted off the field by medical staff late in the match, after he injured his knee.
This week, the Magpies will make the trip across the ditch to take on the New Zealand Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium who will be fresh from the bye.
Wentworthville Magpies 56 (H Raiwalui 2, T Lasalo 2, B Faraimo 2, A Pewhairangi 2, D Howard, T Moeroa tries; L Foran 6, A Pewhairangi 2 goals) def. North Sydney Bears 16 (M O'Dare, C Johnston, M Hyland tries; K Aldridge 2 goals) at Ringrose Park.