Wentworthville Magpies Vs Newcastle Knights
Ringrose Park, Sunday, May 4
Referee: Liam Nicholls
By Shane Brien
Round 8B: Wentworthville Magpies winning ways continued after defeating a gutsy Newcastle 50-32 at Ringrose Park.
The home teams got off to a flyer leading 22 nil after as many minutes courtesy of Pewhairangi, Goodall, Kelly and Peni Terepo tries.
The Knights weren't joint leaders of the NSW Cup for no reason though and it didn’t take long to showcase their class their when Chad Redman snuck over for his first of two his tries of the afternoon.
Down 22-6 and midway through the first-half, Newcastle second rower James Elias sliced through the defence from sixty metres out before sending replacement fullback Matt Minto across the stripe.
Former Raider Michael Dobson pounced on a Magpies mistake deep inside his own half and despite being pulled down short of his try line from the very next play, the ball was spread out to Minto who then threw a beautiful cut out pass for an unmarked Mantellato to dive over and narrow the score to 22-16.
The game was well and truly back on when Newcastle levelled the scores just four minutes into the second half thanks to Redman picking up his second try from dummy-half.
With scores locked up, the Magpies needed to find the spark that saw them kick out to a 22 nil start to the game and that’s exactly what they did.
Led by Luke Kelly try, the Magpies ran in the next 4 tries through Hunt, Pewhairangi and Junior Paulo to shut out any hopes of a Novacastrian victory.
The forwards weren’t to be left out of all the fun though. Mitch Allgood strolling over in the 64th minute thanks to well-timed pass from fellow forward, Peni Terepo.
The Magpies tackle the Sharks as part of a double header at Henson Park this Saturday as they will look to remain on top of the ladder.
Wentworthville Magpies 50 (J Hunt 2, V Toutai, A Pewhairangi, F Goodall, L Kelly, P Terepo, M Allgood, L Ma'afu tries; L Kelly 7 goals) def. Newcastle Knights 32 (C Redman 2, J Mantellato 2, M Minto, C Mata'utia tries; J Mantellato 4 goals) at Ringrose Park.