The late inclusion of NRL players David Simmons & Brad Tighe together with a masterful display by halfback Arana Taumata saw the Windsor Wolves maintain second position on the VB NSW Cup ladder with a comprehensive victory against a hapless Western Suburbs outfit 70-12 at Centrebet Stadium with Brad Tighe & Arana Taumata each scoring a hatrick of tries and fullback Matt Moylan kicking 11 goals from 12 attempts including several from the sideline.
It was the third time so far this season the Magpies have conceded 70 or more points in a game and the gulf between the two sides was there for all the see with Windsor having six players who have played NRL in the past two seasons whereas the Magpies have none and only six players who have played at NSW Cup level - the rest are having played Bundaberg Cup, U20's or local park football.
The tryscoring commenced for Windsor in the 11th minute on the back of a penalty on Wests 40m line. They worked the ball towards the centre of the field where Kurt Foggo accepted a short pass to score under the posts. Matt Moylan added the extras for a 6-0 scoreline.
The Wolves were in again at the 15 minute mark when Brad Tighe made a superb run down the sideline from his own 40m line to score under the posts. Moylan converted for a 12-0 score. Tighe scored his second try at the 20th minute from a passing movement along the backline on Wests 20m line. Moylan made no mistake with the conversion for a 18-0 scoreline.
Arana Taumata scored the first of his three tries at the 25th minute mark after great lead up work by Moylan who stepped off his left foot and found a gap in the Wests defence on their 40m line and found Taumata in support. Moylan converted and it was 24-0.
Wests were denied a try when front rower Jay Maseuli lost the ball over the line and shortly after, David Fifita burst through the defence on 30m run but was brought down 10m out from the Windsor but then play broke down for the Magpies.
Windsor scored at the 35th minute mark when Taumata scored his second of the afternoon when he took on the defence on the last tackle 10m out and excelerated through the tiring defence to score with Moylan adding the extras for a 30-0 scoreline.
Sandor Earl scored the first of his two tries three minutes from halftime after a lovely pass from Travis Robinson who found Brad Tighe in support who then drew in the Wests winger for Earl to score. Moyland converted from the sideline for a 36-0 scoreline which remained the score at halftime.
Wests started the second half with more determination and scored in the 45th minute after Windsor allowed the Magpies consecutive sets of six. Front rower Jay Maseuli stormed onto a Nigel Millgate pass to score near the posts making up for his earlier disallowed try. David Fifita converted for a 36-6 scoreline.
Three minutes later Wests scored again when a last tackle play saw Millgate chip over the Windsor defence for Zoram Watene who was able to get his foot to the ball only for Windsor to loose the ball. Michael La Manna then rushed down the sideline only to step back inside to the converging defence. Tuki Jackson then pushed his way through from dummy half to score. Fifita added the extras and it was 36-12.
The next 13 minutes saw both sides squander possession with Wests unlucky not to score when David Fifita again made a break this time on his own 30m line and passed to Zoram Watene on the half way line where he kick ahead for his winger, Greg Davis who wasn't quick enough to out run the Windsor fullback and regather the ball.
The turning point perhaps came in the 61st minute. Wests made an interchange with number 19 Aaron Teariki coming onto the field for the first time. He made an immediate tackle and then went in for his second tackle but went in awkwardly and a sickening thud could be heard which resulted in a broken jaw. As he was coming from the field, Wests for whatever reason, did not have a replacement ready and when play resumed, were momentarily one man down but it was enough for Windsor to score when David Simmons scored in the corner after good lead up work from Taumata and Foggo who threw a cut out pass to Simmons. A great side line conversion from Moylan restored Windsor's dominence with a 42-12 scoreline and the floodgates were about to open.
Not for the first time this season, Wests kicked out on the full from the kickoff and from the resulting penalty, Windsor scored with Taumata scoring after he jinked, stepped and feign to pass before planting the ball over the line. Moyland converted for a 48-12 scoreline.
At the 69th minute, Travis Robinson joined the tryscorers when he scored in the corner after Jesse Sene Lefao popped a pass for Travis to fall over the line. A mightly sideline conversion brought up the half century - 54-12.
Brad Tighe scored at the 72 minute mark after Nafe Seluini scooted from dummy half and with a flat pass finding Tighe, he raced the last 30m to score under the posts. Moland converted and it was 60-12.
Wests turned over possession on their 40m line at the 76 minute mark and from the scrum win, Junior Vai Vai made a break down the Eastern Grandstand and found Robinson in support who raced through the defence to score. Moyland was again on target for a 66-12 score line and Sandor Earl finished the scoring in the corner after another Vai Vai pass. Moylan failed to convert for a final score line of 70-12 to Windsor.
For Wests, it was the same old story, flimsy defence, costly turnovers when in possession and a lack of finishing.
For the Wolves, Arana Taumata was a standout performer, constantly toying with the Magpie defence with his incisive runs and wonderful passing game whilst Brad Tighe just had too much pace for the Magpie backline to handle and Matt Mundine's kicking game kept on turning Wests around. Former Magpies, Duan Poaneki and Mitch Achurch together with Nafe Seluini were among the best in the forwards for Windsor. Whilst for Wests, Steven Rooney, Seffa Silafu, Jay Maseuli and Dean Parata worked hard in defence and David Fifita was always dangerous when taking the ball on the fringe of the ruck.
Western Suburbs are at home next Saturday at Campbelltown Stadium against Wentworthville.
Windsor 70 (Brad Tighe 3, Arana Taumata 3, Travis Robinson 2, Sandor Earl 2, Kurt Foggo, David Simmons tries: Matt Moylan 11 goals) def Western Suburbs 12 (Jay Maseuli, Tuki Jackson tries: David Fifita 2 goals).
Half Time - Windsor 36 - Western Suburbs 0
Goal kickers - Matt Moylan 11 goals from 12 atttempts: David Fifita 2 goals from 2 attempts
Penalties Windsor 3 Wests 1
1 Matt Moylan
20 David Simmons
21 Brad Tighe
4 Travis Robinson
5 Sandor Earl
23 Matt Mundine
7 Arana Taumata
8 Duan Poaneki
9 Nafe Seluini
10 Mitch Achurch
11 Jesse Sene Lafeo
12 Sarafu Fatiaki
13 Kurt Foggo
15 Jake Grace
16 Evrett Vaurasi
18 Mitch Johson
22 Junior Vai Vai
1 Zoram Watene
2 Michael La Manna
25 Tuki Jackson
4 Michael Lekkas
5 Greg Davis
6 Dean Parata
7 Nigel Millgate (c)
8 Jay Maseuli
9 Steven Rooney
10 Henry Iuta
11 Tom Morrison
12 Seffa Silafu
13 Daniel La Manna
14 Alan Daley
15 Mundarra Weldon
16 David Fifita
19 Aaron Teariki