Chris Yates has named round 18 team for this week.
We caught up with Chris Yates and asked about last weekend’s win against the Western Suburbs Magpies and this Sunday’s upcoming home game against The Entrance Tigers…
What are your thoughts about the game last weekend?
Very happy with the win, the boys played tough and showed a lot of character to come from behind and win against a strong Western Suburbs team. Wests had all the field position early and scored the first 2 tries from kicks. We defended another set on our line well and started to build a bit of pressure and gain some confidence with our first attacking set on the Wests line resulting in a try to Saia. We dominated the next part of the game and off the back of some good work by the forwards Nick Walker crossed for a try. Just before halftime we made a break again down their right edge but the last pass went to ground and against the run of play Wests made their way up field a and scored a try from dummy half. We went in 16-8 down at halftime but were pretty confident in the 2nd half if we could improve our completion rate and tighten up in a few areas of our defence we could get the win. The 2nd half didn't start well with Wests scoring in the 5th minute, but from that point on we pretty much controlled the game and we ended up winning the 2nd half 26-8. Our Halves Whiz [Brendan Waters] and Matt Mundine controlled the 2nd half well and we ended up getting the cash 34-24
Who were your standouts from last week?
Very happy with the effort from the team, Brendan Waters had his best game of the year. Fetongi Tuinauvui a winger has been great for us in the back row and young Josiah has taken his opportunity and impressed.
Who was the ‘Players Player’?
Who was the Player of the Week selected by the Coaching Staff (Coaches Award)?
This weekend we’re up against The Entrance at Home… So where do you think we’ll need to concentrate for this weekend’s game to come away with the win?
We need to be right on our game in the ruck. The Entrance are very good in this area and make you pay if lazy.
Who do you think are the danger players that we’ll need to watch out for?
Their captain Alan Munro they look to him to get things started so we will have to keep an eye on him.
Are there any injuries to report on?
Solomone Lasalo – ankle – 4 weeks
John Pepa – Back injury – 2 weeks.
They are to play The Entrance Tigers
Sun, Aug 3, 3.00 PM AEST, Ringrose Park, Smith Street, Wentworthville NSW 2145
Round 18 Massey Cup Team:
1. Nicholas Walker
2. Ben Fritz
3. Cecil Mackenzie
4. Jake Butler-Fleming
5. Saia Tanginoa
16. Matthew Mundine
7. Brendan Waters
8. Takai Moeakiola
9. Lionel O’mally
10. Walter Vaeau
11. Nick Kassis
12. Fetongi Tuinauvai
13. Mitchell Stanfield (C)
14. Josiah Tamasi
15. William Bugden
16. Elias Sukkar
19. K.J. Mackenzie