Windsor overcame an early scare to dispatch Western Suburbs 50-22 last Saturday at Campbelltown Stadium.
late inclusion of Wests Tigers young gun Matt Groat seemed to boost the
enthusiasm of the young magpies and Groat made an immediate impact,
touching down after just two minutes, a strong run up the middle of the
Wolves defence ensuring that Windsor knew they were dealing with an NRL
player. David Atuau added the extras from in front for an early 6-0
Wests showed plenty of enthusiasm and creativity, even if
they occasionally lacked for execution, with the magpie’s energy also
costing them some silly penalties.
However, Wests overcame this
and added to their early lead on 20 minutes, with Adrian Haangana going
through a gaping hole behind the Windsor markers to touch down. David
Atuau converted from a simple position to extend the Wests lead to 12-0.
minutes later, Wests were in again, Jerome Mose touching down out wide
after an enormous show of strength by Mason Harrison to stand and
offload. Atuau was unsuccessful with the far more difficult conversion
attempt from fives metres inside the western touchline, the Magpies
cruising at 16-0.
Then came a seven minute period leading into
the break which shook the confidence of the black and whites to the
core. Seven minutes before the break, Jake Butler-Fleming found himself
with plenty of space to get around his opposite number to score. Liam
Ayoub missed the conversion, Windsor trailing 16-4.
later, a dummy half run from Liam Ayoub showed that Wests were also
having problems marking up behind their markers, Ayoub darting through
the gap and racing 60 metres despite the despairing dive of Sam Aiga.
Ayoub converted his own try from in front to reduce the deficit to
Then, just as the first half was winding down, Windsor
kicked as the siren sounded, and what could only be described as a room
service bounce found Eddie Aiona streaming through to collect the ball
and touch down under the posts. Liam Ayoub added the extras to leave the
Magpies and Wolves locked at 16-16 at the break.
The interval seemed to knock Wests around, with plenty of ill discipline and dropped ball in the second half.
took just 11 minutes to find the line, with Atonio Pelasasa strolling
through some terrible defence to score. Liam Ayoub converted to put
Windsor in front for the first time with just under half an hour
Two minutes later, Hutch Maiava was on the receiving
end of a hot potato raid down the Wests left hand side to put Windsor
out by more than a single score. Ayoub was doing it easy bynow, easily
converting for a 28-16 lead.
The game took a dour turn across the
next ten minutes, and the drop in intensity was shown up perfectly by
Chris Satae, who strolled across field off a goal line drop out before
finding a hole in the Magpie line. Ayoub added the extras for a 34-16
Windsor then turned on the flair three minutes later, with
Nick Mataia darting down the right wing before kicking desperately in
field, a surprisingly fast Krys Freeman backing up to dive on the loose
ball for a try under the posts. Ayoub added his fifth goal of the day
for a 40-16 lead with 13 minutes to play.
Five minutes later,
Windsor found room on the left flank, with Kieren Croft outpacing Sam
Aiga with a spectacular lunge for the corner. Liam Ayoub was unable to
add the extras, Windsor leading 44-16 as the lights kicked in.
minutes later, a Ben Stewart grubber kick found Liam Ayoub steaming in
to add his second of the day. He proceeded to convert his own try, and
Windsor had hit the half century with four minutes on the clock.
plucky Wests would have the last say, though, with a wide kick bouncing
kindly for Fusi Toutai to score as time ticked over. David Atuau
piloted the conversion through from the touchline for a 50-22 scoreline
Windsor’s halves dominated, with Hutch Maiava
leading the way in the pack. For the Magpies, Sam Aiga and Dean Rysko
again led the way, with Inno Innoesio showing great enthusiasm off the
Next weekend, Windsor head home to face off against Guildford, while Wests head up the M7 to face off against Blacktown.
50 (Liam Ayoub 2, Jake Butler-Fleming, Eddie Aiona, Atonio Pelasasa,
Hutch Maiava, Chris Satae, Krys Freeman, Kieren Croft tries; Liam Ayoub 7
from 9) DEF WESTS 22 (Matt Groat, Adrian Haangana, Jerome Mose, Fusi
Toutai tries; David Atuau 3 from 4)
Penalties: Wests 6 Windsor 6
Halftime: Wests 16 Windsor 16
1. Sam Aiga
2. Tuiniua Paiaaua
3. Fusi Toutai
11. Mason Harrison
16. Tala Mapesone
6. Nathan Rumsby
15. David Atuau
8. Dean Rysko
9. Matt Jones
22. Matt Groat
4. Jerome Mose
12. Tom Morrison
13. Adrian Haangana
14. Matiasi Toutai
10. Seffa Silafau
20. Inno Innoesio
18. Soni Passi
1. Adam Williams
2. Nick Mataia
11. Kieren Croft
4. Jake Butler-Fleming
5. Eddie Aiono
6. Ben Stewart ©
7. Liam Ayoub
17. Sam Hollis
9. Krys Freeman
18. Felise Kini Taukafa
8. Ryan Tramonte
12. Shenelle Haumono
13. Rangi Tangiloa
14. Chris Satae
15. Atonio Pelasasa
16. Iszak Taalili
10. Hutch Maiava
Match report by Keith Topolski