Wentworthville Magpies VS Newtown Jets
Ringrose Park, Saturday, March 16
Referee: Liam Nicholls
By Shane Brien
Wentworthville MAGPIES - 1. Henry Raiwalui 2. Ken Sio 3. Ryan Morgan 4. Ethan Tangira 5. Bureta Faraimo 17. Sam Gorman 7. Chris Sandow 26. Taniela Lasalo 9. Liam Foran 10. Junior Paulo 11. Joseph Ualesi 20. David Gower 13. Lorenzo Ma’afu 14. Ben Jones 15. Daniel Alvaro 12. Brenden Santi 18. Joseph Matapuku
COACH: Brett Cook
Newtown JETS - 1. Shannon Gallant 2. Jonathan Reuben 3. Brett Lane 4. Sia Siua Taukeiaho 5. Chris Taripo 6. Samisoni Langi 7. Bobbie Goulding 8. Saulala Houma 9. Kurt Kara 10. Ray Moujalli 11. Jack Siejka 12. Rhyse Martin 13. David Harris 14. Andrew Pearn 15. Jordan Galloway 16. Jack Noble 17. Ryan Verlinden
COACH: Greg Matterson
Round 2 of the NSW Cup saw the Wentworthville Magpies run in eight tries to two to defeat the visiting Newtown Jets.
With a host of NRL stars lining up for the Magpies, the locals had every right to feel confident heading into this clash against the Jets who after a bye in Round 1 were playing their first game of the 2014 season and it didn’t take long for the home team to stamp their authority on the match with a slick backline movement in the 3rd minute which saw Ken Sio cross the line for the first of 3 first half tries.
Despite a lack of discipline with and without the ball in the opening stages of the match, the Jets failed to convert to points and they were made to pay went late inclusion in the 17 jersey Sam Gorman sent forward David Gower over with a superb short ball in the 13th min.
Jets fans already frustrated with the slow start of their team were left bewielded when their team failed to find touch on the back of penalties not once but twice and on the back of these mistakes, Ryan Morgan crossed the stripe for the Magpies third try of the day in the 17th minute.
It didn’t take long for the Magpies to go over again when Ryan Morgan busted open the Jets defence running 50 meters to score his second and his team’s fourth try of the game in the 23rd minute.
It was all one way traffic and when a Chris Sandow bomb found a leaping Ken Sio, the writing was on the wall for the Jets and with Sandow keeping his perfect record with the boot, the Magpies found themselves in front by 30 in only the 27th minute.
Despite being completely outplayed, the visiting fans still had plenty of voice but the Jets simply could hardly string a full set together and with former Jets player Ben Jones taking advantage of some tired defenders around the ruck it was Ken Sio who once again crossed for his third try of the half following a neat cut out pass from Sandow.
That was all she wrote in the first half as the Magpies went to the sheds leading 34 nil.
Whatever Jets coach, Greg Matterson said to his team, or maybe it was more of a case of what wasn’t said, the Jets came running out of the blocks and it only took them 2 minutes to record their first points of the game when former Tigers and Cowboys fullback Shannon Gallant crossed in the first set of the second half.
The Magpies were sloppy and Newtown pounced when Gallant recovered his own kick to dive over the line in the 47th minute to notch up an early second half double. All of a sudden, whispers of a comeback rung through the stands.
The Magpies looked tired and needed a spark and that nearly came through Chris Sandow as he regathered his own kick. If not for some desperate goal line defence from the Jets, the Magpies would have scored under the posts.
With the Jets pushing for more points errors started to creep into their game but they weren’t the only ones guilty of some dropped ball with the Magpies having their fair share of errors.
The Magpies crossed two more times in the 66th and 71st minute through Lasalo and Faraimo to run out 44 to 10 winners in what was dominant performance from the home team who recorded their second win from as many starts.
Next week, the Magpies visit Brookvale Oval for their Round 3 clash against Manly.
Wentworthville Magpies 44 (Sio 3, Morgan 2, Gower, Lasalo, Faraimo; Sandow 6/8) Newton Jets 10 (Gallant 2; Goulding 1/2) at Ringrose Park.