Wests Tigers Vs Wentworthville Magpies
Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Saturday, May 31
Referee: Damien Briscoe
By Shane Brien
Round 12: Competition leaders Wentworthville Magpies turned in one of their worst performances of the season going down to the Wests Tigers 52-16 at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
The Tigers opened the scoring after 12 minutes through five-eighth Mitchell Moses who pounced on a loose ball in-goal.
It took until the 26th minute for the next try and it came through Tigers winger Marika Koroibete touching down in the corner after some clever lead up work. Moses slotted the goal to take the score to 12-0.
It was all one way traffic and the Tigers crossed once again through centre Sitaleki Akauola who displayed some deft footwork to brush off defenders to score in the corner. Moses with another successful conversion improved the score to 18-0.
Moses notched his double in the 33rd minute crossing under the posts after Koroibete break up the left hand touchline just on halfway, making 30 metres before turning it inside to Moses who had a clear pathway to the try line. His conversion put them further ahead 24-0.
Moses recorded his third try of the match a tick before halftime going over out wide after regathering a well-weighted grubber kick. Another successful conversion had the Tigers well in control leading 30-0 at half time.
There was no respite for Wentworthville at the start of the second half as Tigers’ winger Corey Brown went over out wide in the 42nd minute following a turnover in Wenty’s half that saw the Tigers move it quickly to the right where fullback Jy Hitchcox was able to slip a near-impossible offload to Brown just a few metres out. Moses maintained his perfect record with the boot to extend the lead to 36-0.
It took 47th minutes for the Magpies to record their first points of the match with winger Bureta Faraimo touching down out wide thanks to a superb long ball from dummy half Ben Jones. Halfback Luke Kelly converted to take the score to 36-6.
Seven minutes later Magpies five eighth Ryan Matterson crossed out wide finishing off a good team effort and Kelly’s conversion made it 36-12.
Soon after, Kelly did it all himself scoring a long-range try after finding space up the left hand touchline. Unsuccessful with the conversion the Magpies the Magpies still found themselves 36-16 down despite the mini fight back.
In the 65th minute, Koroibete notched yet another double for the season, going over in the left hand corner. Moses added the extras to go further ahead 42-16.
Soon after, Tigers’ front rower Michael Bullock scored out wide proving too hard to stop from close range. Moses recorded his first miss of the day but any thoughts of a Magpies comeback was put to bed with the Tigers extending their lead to 46-16.
Right on full time, Koroibete went over for his third of the game following a superb ball from lock Kyle Lovett.
This weekend the Magpies will look to bounce back when they take on the Mounties at Aubrey Keech Reserve.
Wests Tigers 52 (M Koroibete 3, M Moses 3, C Brown, M Bullock, S Akauola tries; M Moses 8 goals) def. Wentworthville Magpies 16 (L Kelly, R Matterson, B Faraimo tries; L Kelly 2 goals) at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.