Five tries in 20 minutes allowed Wentworthville to skip away with a 38-12 victory Western Suburbs at Campbelltown.
Wests Tigers injury curse struck Western Suburbs, with another match
for the team from Campbelltown being completed with only two men on the
Wenty opened the scoring after six minutes, with hooker
Simon Greaves drifting across field before straightening to go through
the Wests line and go 20 metres to touch down. Brendan Waters missed the
kick, Wenty up 4-0.
Wests responded ten minutes later, a
towering Nathan Waters bomb found the ground and bounced everywhere
where the players weren’t, with Seffa Silafau coming from the clouds to
power on to the loose ball and score. Michael Stevens added the extras,
with Wests up by two after 20 minutes.
Wests dominated the next
fifteen minutes and were duly rewarded from a scrum win, with Sam Aiga
speeding around the Wentworthville defence, his momentum too much for a
desperate effort by Daniel Penese. Michael Stevens was on target to Put
Wests ahead 12-4.
Wentworthville needed a lucky break to stay in
the game and that was exactly what they got on the last play of the
first half, with a Simon Greaves grubber deflecting up into the arms of
the kicker, who offloaded for Brendan Waters to go in under the posts.
Waters converted his own try and, despite having almost none of the
game, Wenty went to the interval only down by two.
came out after half time breathing fire and took four minutes to retake
the lead, with a flat face ball at the line finding Taunaola Kei, who
burrowed his way through the smaller Wests defence. Brendan Waters
converted for a 16-12 lead.
Wenty were in again four minutes
later, as Jason Strickleton burrowed over from dummy half. Waters was
successful with the shot, Wenty out to 22-12.
passed before Wentworthville found the stripe again, as Brendan Waters
was the beneficiary of a break down Wenty’s left side. Waters was unable
to convert his own try, leaving the score 26-12.
their twenty minute blast with Jason Strickleton on the end of another
left side raid by Wentworthville. Brendan Waters was on target on this
occasion, Wentworthville going from 12-4 down 60 seconds before the
break to leading 32-12 with 20 minutes to play.
Wests looked to
strike back, but Tom Morrison was knocked senseless in a strong tackle
by Valu Nasio, referee Adam Cassidy having zero hesitation, once
Morrison had been escorted from the field by trainers, in sending Nasio
for an early shower, Wentworthville down to 12 men for the final 16
While Wentworthville were content to grind down the
clock, Wests could not take a trick, with desperate Wenty defence, a
series of dodgy bounces and a handful of passes barely wide of the mark
preventing the home team from reducing the margin.
rounded out the scoring for the afternoon, with Francis Tuigamala
driving down low through the Wests defence. Brendan Waters converted
from in front and held Wests at bay in the last four minutes to run out
For Wentworthville, Brendan Waters and Simon
Greaves dictated terms all day, with impressive support from Francis
Tuigamala, while for Wests, Dean Rysko, Sam Aiga and Nathan Waters led
the way in a valiant effort.
Wentworthville’s win ensured they
will play either Mounties or Cabramatta in week one of the finals in one
of the qualifying finals.
For Wests, the result left them
relying on other results, however at the time of writing, two wins to
Asquith in the final two weeks is the only realistic threat to Wests
qualifying for the finals due to a far superior points difference,
Wests’ century against Kingsgrove proving to be immensely valuable.
weekend, Wentworthville will do battle with Guildford at Ringrose Park
on Sunday, while Wests will make the short trip up the Hume on Saturday
to visit Cabramatta, their third match against a top four team in the
WENTWORTHVILLE 38 (Brendan Waters 2, Jason
Strickleton 2, Simon Greaves, Taunaola Kei, Francis Tuigamala tries;
Brendan Waters 5 from 7) def WESTERN SUBURBS 12 (Seffa Silafau, Sam Aiga
tries; Michael Stevens 2 from 2)
Penalties: Wests 5 Wentworthville 6
Halftime: Wests 12 Wentworthville 10
1. Sam Aiga
2. Sean Connor
17. Michael Mate
12. Tom Morrison
5. Amanono Tovio
6. Michael Stevens
7. Nathan Waters
22. Soni Paasi
9. Dayne Craig
10. Sonny Bristow
21. Adrian Haangana
15. Mason Talolua
8. Dean Rysko
11. Seffa Silafau
13. David Atuau
18. Frederick Tevaga
20. Daniel Rakvin
20. Matthew Collins
19. Henry Raiwalui
21. Mark Tuatti
11. Daniel Penese
5. Arthur Takapu
7. Brendan Waters
2. Matthew Place
8. Francis Tuigamala
9. Simon Greaves
10. Nathan Armit
17. Bradley Partington
12. Valu Nasio
13. Mitchell Stanfield
16. Jason Strickleton
22. Tyrone Viiga
23. Jerome Mackenzie
24. Taunaola Kei