Canterbury Cup Team Announcement: Round 1
Tue 12 Mar 2019, 03:57 PM
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Western Suburbs Magpies Canterbury Cup Coach Brett Hodgson has named a strong Round 1 squad to take on the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles at Leichhardt Oval this Saturday.
Kickoff for the match is at 3:15pm AEDT at Leichhardt Oval with the match played prior to the club’s NRL season opener against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.
After strong performances throughout the team’s two trial matches, Hodgson has named a number of fresh faces in his Round 1 side as well as NRL squad members Dylan Smith, Tyson Gamble, Oliver Clark, Sam McIntyre and Robbie Rochow.
Kauri Aupouri will captain the side alongside Gamble in the halves.
WESTERN SUBURBS MAGPIES
1. Dylan Smith
2. Harry O’Toole
3. Watson Heleta
4. Kane McQuiggin
5. Bilal Maarbani
6. Tyson Gamble
7. Kauri Aupouri (capt.)
8. Oliver Clark
9. Braden Robson
10. Elia Faatui
11. Sam McIntyre
12. Jack Miller
13. Robbie Rochow
14. Patrice Siolo
15. Dylan Clifford
16. Henry Lealuga-Puhotau
19. Soni Luke
21. Joseph Ratuvakacereivalu
Coach: Brett Hodgson
Saturday, 16 March - 3.15pm
Match: Magpies v Sea Eagles
Venue: Leichhardt Oval
Magpies fly high in battle of the west
Josh Reynolds didn’t end up turning out for Western Suburbs, but the Magpies have still started their 2019 campaign in the best way possible with a convincing 23-4 victory over the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles at Leichhardt Oval.
As expected in their first game of the season, both sides spent the opening exchanges testing each other out, with the Magpies having the first opportunity to trouble the scorers, though couldn’t capitalize.
Blacktown took full advantage of their first sniff, with five-eighth Luke Metcalf slicing through the Wests right-hand defenders, racing away to score a brilliant individual try. Metcalf couldn’t convert his try leaving the visitors with a 4-0 lead.
Moments later Wests hit back through their five-eighth Tyson Gamble, who crashed over the stripe from close range. The try was converted by Gamble, giving his side a 6-4 lead.
Wests had a mountain of possession, throwing a lot at the Eagles, though they were more than ready for the task, scrambling to defend three try-scoring opportunities throughout the first-half, meaning they went into the sheds just two-points behind.
The heavy defensive load in the first stanza was starting to take a toll on Blacktown, with Wests play-maker Kauri Apuouri-Puketapu running in two quick tries shortly after the resumption, extending their lead to a 16-4.
Not only was the defensive load taking on Blacktown’s defence, it was also affecting their ability to hold the steeden. Hale’s men were only able to complete one of their first four sets, after returning from the sheds.
Wests again took full advantage of the Eagles misfortunes, scoring another four-pointer courtesy of Kane Mcquiggin. This made a comeback from the visitors seem near impossible,even with over fifteen minutes of play remaining.
Gamble put the icing on a solid team and individual performance moments before the full time hooter, booting a neat field goal to secure his side a 23-4 victory.
The Workers will shift their focus swiftly to their Round 2 clash against the North Sydney Bears at Lottoland, while the Magpies will look to keep the momentum going against the Warriors at Campbelltown.
It was a fine start to the season for the Western Suburbs Magpies.
Nice to have highlights but that was some strangely poor editing. If they have the footage why show no build up play and just someone with a ball in hand diving over? eg gamble and mcguiggan tries.
Basically we controlled a poor game. Both teams were very average but we were definitely the better side. They made a lot of mistakes.
This team still lacks a halfback. Both Gamble and and the new 7 are very similar players. Runners who can kick occasionally, but neither are organisers.
Our starting pack was very average. Rochow was poor for the 25 mins he was on. Mcqueen offers little. Mcintyre had one good run in the second half but was otherwise quiet. Clark and the other starting prop were invisible. It was only when Ratu, Robson, and Miller came off the bench that we had more grunt.
Liddle tried a bit too much, going for a 40/20 and quick bursts up the middle with a short pass to a prop. Not wet weather footy.
Neither team passed the ball much so the outside backs didn’t touch the ball much. Smith was solid at the back but not overly involved.
A grinding performance against a very poor team, but a win’s a win and there’ll be players dropping down from nrl squad next week