Wentworthville Magpies Vs Mounties
Ringrose Park, Sunday, April 20
Referee: Chris Breneman
By Shane Brien
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Round 7: The Wentworthville Magpies secured their 5th win of the season with a commanding 54-24 defeat of Mounties at Ringrose Park.
It took just three minutes for the hosts to open the scoring with a deft Luke Kelly kick over the top of the defence finding an unmarked Vai Toutai.
The positive start was all but forgotten only minutes later with mistake from the kick-off providing the Mounties with an opportunity to hit back instantly and it was Jake Foster who split the defensive line, running onto a short ball from Mitch Cornish to crash over next to the uprights to take a 6-4 lead.
The conuter punches continued when Api Pewhairaingi took an intercept to halt any Mounties attack and a few plays later Wenty regained the lead when Taniela Lasalo crashed over.
Liam Foran increased the lead just minutes later, running onto an offload from Junior Paulo who had beaten several defenders to extend the lead to 16-6.
Mounties hit back once again with Rodney Coates diving over from close range after great lead up work from the Mounties forward pack, but the resurgence was only short-lived with Daniel Alvaro linking with Liam Foran to send Lorezno Ma'afu over for the easiest of tries to extend the Magpies lead.
Wentworthville had the final say in the first half with Luke Kelly and Ryan Morgan displaying quick hands to send Vai Toutai over in the shadows of half-time to set up a commanding 28-12 lead.
Mounties came out firing in the second-half and looked certain to score before a Justin Hunt intercept allowed him to link up with Pewhairaingi who held off a determined Sami Sauiluma to extend the home sides lead to 32-12 after 50 minutes.
Minutes later the home team was over again with Ben Jones delivering an superb long ball to Bureta Faraimo who scored in the corner for a 38-12 lead.
The Magpies continued their dominance and when Lorenzo Ma'afu the result was all but determined.
A clever Reece Goldsmith kick found Mark Nicholls to give the Mounties a glimmer of hope with 15 minutes remaining there was to be no comeback, with two late tries to Faraimo sealing a convincing win for Wentworthville and sending a warning to the rest of the competition that the Magpies are the real deal in 2014.
The Magpies will head to North Sydney Oval this Sunday afternoon to take on the Bears.
Wentworthville Magpies 54 (B Faraimo 3, V Toutai 2, L Ma'afu 2, A Pewhairangi, L Foran, T Lasalo tries; L Kelly 7 goals) def. Mounties 24 (J Foster 2, M Nicholls, R Coates tries; M Cornish 4 goals) at Ringrose Park.