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How did Jarrod Szczudlo go?, never seen him play but there were big wraps on him before a couple of injuries!.

It’ll take him a year I feel to get back to his best after so many injuries. Certainly good enough for NSW Cup.

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So Potter has asked that the cleaners be put through the club even more, with removing dead wood from the coaching staff. Seems like Potter is a strong character and just what WT needs…

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Anasta is best at lock/2nd row, he’s a not a 7/6’s ass…

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Western Suburbs produced a Melbourne-esque display of clinical and professional football in blasting away Asquith by 74-0 last weekend at Storey Park.

Wests signalled their intentions early with a bomb from their very first set, Amanono Tovio getting the slightest of touches to be denied a try by referee Jeff Hartup in one of just two handling errors in the first half for the boys from Campbelltown.

Wests continued to attack with determination and confidence and after eight minutes, Dayne Craig opened the scoring with a strong barge from dummy half after dummying to Dean Rysko. David Atuau slotted the conversion from plum in front, Wests up 6-0.

Asquith tried some enterprising football to hit back, but a knock on from a tricky pass gave Wests possession after 14 minutes, and Wests made it count with Dayne Craig throwing a faceball for a barnstorming Adrian Ha’angana to touch down. Atuau’s conversion put Wests ahead by a dozen.

Wests found success in bombing Asquith’s wingers and, three minutes later, Sam Aiga muscled his way through off a repeat seat. Atuau’s conversion saw Wests up 18-0 after as many minutes.

Five minutes later, Wests spun the ball wide to the left and the crowd had their stopwatches out as Fusi Toutai exploded through the line, with local radio commentators asking if it was Usain Bolt on the wing. David Atuau converted to keep pace with the clock after 24 minutes.

Another five minutes elapsed before another Wests try, with Soni Paasi on hand to pick up the scraps after Jerome Mose threw a wild ball in field in desperation off a last tackle Waters bomb. David Atuau split the posts for an even 30.

Wests were almost in again three minutes later, however this time the pass drifted forward and in to touch. However, Trent Jennings took exception to a challenge from Josh Nicholls, with players from both sides rushing in to defend their team mates. At the end of it, referee Jeff Hartup placed Jennings on report, cautioned Asquith’s Brad Nicholls and dispatched Fusi Toutai to the sin bin.

Being down a man didn’t stop the Wests juggernaut though, with a last tackle raid inside the Asquith 20 finding Amanono Tovio, who scooted over to touch down. Jack Hawkins pushed Tovio in the back in frustration after Tovio touched down, which Jerome Mose took exception to. Referee Hartup was again busy as he placed Paul Segala on report while sending both Hawkins and Mose for ten minutes. David Atuau pushed the conversion attempt wide, Western Suburbs going to the interval up 34-0.

Wests were awarded a penalty for a high tackle four minutes into the second stanza, and immediately took advantage, with Dayne Craig drifting across field before straightening up to catch Asquith’s defence still sliding. David Atuau converted to leave Wests 40-0 up on 45 minutes.

Four minutes later Wests were in again after using their hands on the last, the ball ending up in the hands of Fusi Toutai, who found Trent Jennings backing up. Atuau nailed the two for 46-0.

Three minutes later Wests hit the half century in style, with a try that had even hardened Asquith fans applauding. A shaky Nathan Waters bomb was marked by Amanono Tovio, from whom the ball then went to Jerome Mose, Soni Paasi and David Atuau. Atuau hoisted a second bomb, marked by Mose, who offloaded for Amanono Tovio to raise the Magpies bat. Atuau pulled the conversion across the face, Wests hitting the half century with just under half an hour remaining.

It took Wests three minutes to score again, Shane Lalogafau showing incredible strength to beat five Asquith defenders. Atuau added the extras.

Nine minutes passed before Wests hit 60, with Sonny Bristow the beneficiary of a wonderful offload from Soni Paasi to Amanono Tovio. Atuau was successful with the conversion for a 62-0 lead after 63 minutes.

Wests registered two tries in the next six minutes through Chris Standing and a second to Sonny Bristow to push the lead out to 74-0 with nine minutes to go, but Asquith’s cover defence showed plenty of desperation to hold Wests at bay for the last nine minutes of the match.

Wests coach Leo Epifania said his side’s discipline in attack was just as pleasing as the shut out as Wests played what was in front of them rather than what they wanted to be in front of them. Although a long way behind on the scoreboard, Asquith showed some impressive moves in the backline.

Wests laid the platform for their win in the pack, with Sonny Bristow, Inno Innoesio and Soni Paasi all relentless, while for Asquith, Jack Hawkins, Aaron Groome and Luke Jay tried hard to steer their side around the park.

Wests will take on Windsor on Wednesday at the Windsor Sports Complex, kick-off 7-30pm, in a deferred game from round 13 which shapes as crucial for the finals aspirations of both teams.

Next weekend, Wests head to Hurstville to do battle with Kingsgrove, while Asquith will look to bounce back at McCredie Park against Guildford.

WESTERN SUBURBS 74 (Dayne Craig 2, Amanono Tovio 2, Sonny Bristow 2, Adrian Ha’angana, Sam Aiga, Fusi Toutai, Soni Paasi, Trent Jennings, Shane Lalogafau, Chris Standing tries; David Atuau 11 from 13) def ASQUITH 0

Penalties: Wests 6 Asquith 9

Halftime: Wests 34 Asquith 0

Western Suburbs

1. Sam Aiga
2. Fusi Toutai
3. Jerome Mose
4. Trent Jennings
5. Amanono Tovio
15. David Atuau
7. Nathan Waters
11 Dean Rysko
9. Dayne Craig
10. Mason Talolua
20. Adrian Haangana
12. Tom Morrison
18. Inno Innoesio

8. Soni Paasi
13. Sonny Bristow
14. Shane Lalogafau
16. Chris Standing


21. Sione Ala
2. Brad Horder
3. Josh Nicholls
15. Luke McDonald
23. Michael Pearsall
6. Jack Hawkins
7. Aaron Groome
16. Desai Gupwell
9. Luke Jay
10. Mark Meredith
24. Arthur Meredith
12. Joel Latham
13. Ryan Wheeler

17. Justin Eves
18. Ben Kirkland
19. Josh Portlock
25. Paul Sagala

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Western Suburbs climbed Mt Everest several times in outlasting Burwood-North Ryde 22-12 last weekend at Lidcombe Oval.

The Magpies showed grit and determination in overcoming a mounting penalty count and injuries to back up with the two points after their big win over The Entrance, their victory over Burwood making it three on the trot.

Burwood opened the scoring for the afternoon after ten minutes on the back of a booming 40-20 kick, with Burwood captain Joe Uluibau showing some light feet to get outside his opposite number to touch down in the corner. Kurt Aldridge slotted the touchline conversion in blustery conditions to give Burwood a 6-0 lead.

A determination to dominate the ruck saw the following 15 minutes littered with penalties, Burwood held up by a desperate Magpie defence on 16 minutes.

After 25 minutes, though, the black and whites, hit back through Michael Stevens, who threw a collection of dummies, all of which were bought by the Burwood defence. Stevens was unsuccessful in converting his own try, the Magpies back to within two points.

The following set saw tempers boil over after a penalty to Wests for a high tackle, referee Lawrence McDonnell struggling to keep control of two packs which looked to dominate a physical contest in the middle.

McDonnell played a feature role for the rest of the first half, with another seven penalties punctuating the final 15 minutes before the break, the second last of these the 13th penalty of the match, with Magpies second rower Tom Morrison given his marching orders for repeat infringements despite the vocal protests of Nathan Waters.

Burwood failed to capitalise on their opportunities with Morrison off the field, with a forward pass and a kick out on the full denying the black and pinks tries in the final minutes, Wests down 6-4 at the break.

The opening set of the second stanza saw Burwood register their second 40-20 kick of the afternoon, BNRU’s chance to score shut down by an intercept by Amanono Tovio.

The game ebbed and flowed, with both sides showing glimpses of form until the 55th minute, when Burwood second rower Joe Mataele used his bulk against the small, more mobile Magpies pack to barge over the line. Kurt Aldridge added the extras to put Burwood out by eight with 24 minutes on the clock.

From the following set, Burwood spilt the ball and compounded their error by giving up a penalty for stealing the ball, Wests needing no invitation to hit straight back, with centre Jerome Mose registering his first try for 2013 after a lovely run around play created the overlap. Michael Stevens put the ball straight between the posts, and Burwood’s eight point lead lastred all of three minutes, Wests back to 12-10 down.

Burwood had a chance two minutes later to get their eight point advantage back, but the bomb was marked by Amanono Tovio, the Magpies taking advantage of a quick restart to march up field, only being halted by a penalty for holding down, the Magpies faithful furious that Burwood kept 13 on the field.

However, Wests posted the advantage on the scoreboard, with a backline move seeing Amanono Tovio touch down to put the Magpies in front. Michael Stevens slotted the conversion from touch, Wests leading 16-12 with 14 minutes on the clock.

Burwood threw everything at Wests in the final quarter hour, although the Magpies defence stood firm until two minutes from the end, when Nathan Waters caught Burwood off guard by grubbering across the field, Michael Steven following up to seal the match with his second try, duly converted for a final score of 22-12.

Magpies coach Leo Epifania was pleased with the effort, saying that, despite the lack of execution at times, he was pleased with the grit shown by his players in somehow finding a way to win after last week’s emotion-charged victory over The Entrance.

For Burwood, their big pack caused Wests plenty of concern, with Jordan Tuivaii, Ali Musri and Joe Mataele leading the way, while for Wests, the backs led the way, with Michael Stevens, Fusi Toutai and Jerome Mose standing tall.

Next week, Burwood will take on Guildford at TG Milner, desperately needing a win to keep their top four hopes alive, while Wests travel to Asquith, buoyed by three consecutive wins which gives the boys from Campbelltown a genuine chance at finals football.

WESTERN SUBURBS 22 (Michael Stevens 2, Amanono Tovio, Jerome Mose tries; Michael Stevens 3 from 4) def BURWOOD NORTH-RYDE 12 (Joe Uluibau, Joe Mataele tries; Kurt Aldridge 2 from 2)

Penalties: Wests 7 Burwood 9

Hafltime: Burwood 6 Wests 4


1. Sam Aiga
17. Fusi Toutai
2. Jerome Mose
4. Trent Jennings
5. Amanono Tovio
6. Michael Stevens
7. Nathan Waters
8. Dean Rysko ©
9. Dayne Craig
10. Mason Talolua
11. Shane Lalogafau
12. Tom Morrison
18. Sonny Bristow

13. Todd Makejev
14. Matiasi Toutai
15. David Atuau
22. Soni Paasi


1. Hamilton Hughes
2. Matt Evans
3. Joe Uluibau ©
4. Joe Rokoqo
5. Jordan Tongahai
6. Josh Phillips
7. Ryan Millard
8. Jordan Tuivaii
9. Kurt Aldridge
10. Ali Musri
11. Joe Mataele
12. Tim Winitana
13. Tupati Eni

14. Daniel Fepuleai
15. Sione Fakahua
16. Elias Sukkar
17. Tarek El Masri

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A strong opening ten minutes laid the platform for Wests to trounce premiership heavyweights The Entrance 40-16 last weekend at EDSACC Oval.

In a performance Magpies coach Leo Epifania said was his most satisfying victory as a coach, Wests recorded seven tries to three against a Tigers side which had no answer to the relentless Magpies onslaught.

Although the opening ten minutes failed to yield any points, the attitude and energy shown by Wests early on had The Entrance reeling.

However, on ten minutes, the Tigers opened the scoring completely against the run of play, with a perfect inside angle run from Alan Munro resulting in four points. Jake Fitzpatrick added the extras and The Entrance led 6-0.

The Entrance were in again eight minutes later, with Troy Woodley darting in behind the Magpies line to touch down under the posts. Fitzpatrick converted for 12-0 after 22 minutes.

Wests were determined not to let their early good work go to waste, and Michael Stevens threw the first of several face balls at The Entrance line on 25 minutes for a barnstorming Soni Passi to touch down next to the posts. Sam Aiga slotted the goal; Wests back to within six points with thirteen minutes to the break.

Three consecutive sets allowed Wests to build some pressure and, just three minutes after their first try, the black and whites were in for their second, with Nathan Waters holding up the pass for Sam Aiga who slid through the Tigers defence to touch down. With eight minutes to the break, Michael Stevens levelled the scores.

The Magpies were playing like world beaters and, yet again, took just three minutes to add to their tally, with a backline move seeing decoy runners coming from everywhere, the ball landing in the hands of Amanono Tovio, who scored in the corner. Michael Stevens pushed the conversion attempt wide and Wests took their deserved 16-12 lead into the interval.

Wests took, yes, just three minutes after half time to notch up their fourth try of the afternoon, with David Atuau burrowing over from dummy half. Michael Stevens converted the try to push the score out to 22-12.

Although cool on the sidelines, the temperature on the field was beyond boiling point, and a penalty to Wests for a shoulder charge resulted in Troy Adams giving the referee his two cents worth, Matt Noyen having no hesitation giving Adams ten minutes on the sideline.

Wests took advantage of a 12 man Tigers side by scoring as many points in the following ten minutes, with Michael Stevens capitalising on a big backline move before Stevens set up Tom Morrison with a glorious ball. Stevens converted both tries and when The Entrance regained their full compliment with 25 minutes to play, Wests had jumped out to a 34-12 lead.

Adams set about immediately atoning for his dismissal, coming up with a strong covering tackle which forced a loose pass from Wests on halfway. From the ensuing scrum, journeyman Arana Taumata slipped a short ball to Jamen McLeod, the Tigers custodian racing 55 metres to touch down. Jake Fitzpatrick missed the tough conversion, Wests ahead 34-16 with 20 minutes on the clock.

The boggy conditions on EDSACC took their toll on the attacking nature of the game, with both sides locked in a forward battle which was brutal, testing and an absolute delight for fans of gladiatorial football.

With ten minutes to go, the Magpies were set for a big backline shift to the left, but the ball went to forward Inno Inosesio, whose short kick rebounded like a pinball before landing in the in-goal, Inosesio on hand to score off his own kick. Michael Stevens added the extras to leave Wests 40-16 in front with nine minutes to play.

Sam Aiga had an opportunity to add to the Magpies score, but his penalty goal attempt sailed wide with seven minutes on the clock, although, by that stage, the match was well and truly decided.

For The Entrance, Troy Woodley led the way, with able support from Sinbad Kali and Alan Munro. For Wests, Tom Morrison was everywhere in defence, Mason Talolua was everywhere generally, and Nathan Waters held the ball on a string.

Combined with other results, the win puts Wests within one game of equal eighth spot, while The Entrance maintain their top four spot with two games in hand.

Next weekend, Wests host Burwood at Lidcombe Oval, while The Entrance head to TG Milner Field to take on Guildford.

WESTERN SUBURBS 40 (Soni Passi, Sam Aiga, Amanono Tovio, David Atuau, Michael Stevens, Tom Morrison, Inno Inosesio tries; Michael Steve 5 from 6, Sam Aiga 1 from 2) def THE ENTRANCE 16 (Alan Munro, Troy Woodley, Jamen McLeod tries; Jake Fitzpatrick 2 from 3)

Penalties: The Entrance 7 Wests 9

Halftime: Wests 16 The Entrance 12


1. Sam Aiga
2. Jerome Mose
4. Josh Davis
3. Limoni Kamuta
5. Amanono Tovio
6. Michael Stevens
7. Nathan Waters
8. Dean Rysko
9. Dayne Craig
10. Mason Talolua
16. Dave Harris
12. Tom Morrison
18. Inno Inosesio

11. Sonny Bristow
15. David Atuau
20. Todd Makejev
22. Soni Passi


1. Jamen McLeod
2. Scott Peachey
3. Rhys Pritchard
4. Brad Chatfield
5. Harley Ridge
6. Jake Fitzpatrick
7. Arana Taumata
17. Tim Nawaqatabu
9. Troy Woodley
10. Ryan Dalziel
18. Jay Heming
12. Alan Munro
13. Troy Adams

8. Sinbad Kali
14. Robbie Daniels
15. Jye Newton
16. Sebastian Vourlos

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A jubilant and vocal crowd was on hand to see Western Suburbs Magpies triumph over Blacktown Workers by 34 - 16 last Sunday at Campbelltown.

Wests took just ten minutes to open the afternoon’s scoring, with a clever last tackle move down a very short right side allowing Amanono Tovio to touch down. Five eight Eddie Paea added the extras from the sideline in very windy conditions.

Blacktown started to play an expansive game which saw Josh Frasier score in the corner after a sweeping backline movement. Kurt Horton was unsuccessful in converting the try. Wests up by two at the quarter mark.

Both sides looked set to try and tough it out through an intense forward battle which gave the backs room to move. After another touch line raid, powerful centre three quarter Josh Davis dived over in the left hand corner. Eddie Paea pushed the conversion attempt wide, Wests leading 10 - 4 after 25 minutes.

Blacktown’s halves got the visitors deep into Magpie territory and on the last tackle; a grubber kick was put in behind the black and white defence. The ball rolled into the in goal area and Lota Fialli, showing good speed for a big man, was first to the ball. Kurt Horton slotted the goal and both teams were locked on ten points with as many minutes to the interval.

The forward battle was worth the price of admission and right on half time Adrian Ha’angana took the ball at pace and at the end of a strong run, he crossed the try line with five defenders holding onto him. Eddie Paea added the extras, the Magpies going to half time leading 16 - 10.

Blacktown was quick to register the first points of the second stanza, with Lota Fialli going over in almost identical fashion to Adrian Ha’angana. Kurt Horton levelled the scores from adjacent to the posts.

The flow of the game started to turn to the black and whites and Sam Aiga took full advantage after a receiving a short ball from Nathan Waters. Aiga crossed the line before advancing the ball closer to the goal posts. Eddie Paea’s conversion put Wests up 22 - 16 after 55 minutes.

Blacktown threw everything at the boys, but the Magpies defence held firm. When given another chance to attack, Dayne Craig ran from dummy half before off - loading a fantastic ball to Josh Davis who sprinted some 60 metres to score under the black dot. Paea converted from directly in front to put Wests up by a dozen.

Sam Aiga nearly wrapped the game up three minutes later but was tackled inches from the try line. The crowd thought he had scored but he was called for a double movement.

In the closing stages of the game Blacktown continued to show great determination but could not crack the Wests Magpies line. The home team was rewarded two minutes from full time after another fine Dayne Craig pass found a flying Eddie Paea on his inside. Paea crossed near the posts before converting his own try, the Magpies running out 34-16 victors.

Blacktown will host Guildford next weekend at H E Laybutt Complex on Saturday, while Wests will make the trip up the F3 to face off against The Entrance on Sunday.

Leos best three– Dayne Craig, Adrian Ha’angana and Dean Rysko.

WESTERN SUBURBS 34 (Josh Davis 2, Sam Aiga, Adrian Ha’angana, Eddie Paea, Amanono Tovio tries; Eddie Paea 5 from 6) defeated BLACKTOWN 16 (Lota Fialli 2, Josh Frasier tries; Kurt Horton 2 from 3)

Penalties: Wests 3 Blacktown 6

Halftime score: Wests 16 Blacktown 10.


1. Sam Aiga
2. Tuiniua Paiaaua
18. Josh Davis
4. Tala Mapesone
5. Amanono Tovio
6. Eddie Paea
7. Nathan Waters
8. Dean Rysko
9. Dayne Craig
3. Jerome Mose
11. Mason Talolua
12. Tom Morrison
20. Adrian Haangana

10. Frederick Tevago
13. Sonny Bristow
15. David Atuau
16. Limoni Kamuta


1. Scott Buckley
2. Leslie Ngalaufe
3. Akeripa Tia Kilifi
14. Josh Frasier
5. Sako Dibeci
12. Kurt Horton
20. Harris Moleasi
8. Latu Fifita
9. Jake Attard
16. Willie Lafolafo
10. Chad Grant
11. Jake Shearer
13. Hamilton Valepua

15. Eddie To’o
17. David Andjelic
18. Lota Fialli
22. Paul Lolesio

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Merritt came in when he didn’t have to. Whether he was directed to or not by Daley is the question. If so, I would maybe give him another chance as he is a better player then the other night. Josh Morris has kept Inglis very quiet compared to previous years when Inglis would run riot. The winger and directions from Daley should be to trust that Josh will do the job like he has in the past.

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Too much has been said that he was following the coaches instructions! Hell, I don’t think that Daley meant “rush in any time you like and if they score it’s my fault, not yours”.

For heaven’s sake, there was a reason he never played origin before and it’s nothing to do with the club he plays for or his heritage.

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But he hasn’t been defending that poorly at club level for the last 2yrs at least. He used to do it a lot pre Maguire as Souths defence was poor and there was often an overlap. Actually, the Storm loss in the 1st semi last year was a good example. Maguire has fixed their structures, resulting in far less overlaps, and his defending has improved immensely. I supect Daley’s defensive structures were a BIG part of the problem…

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Who would you have chosen instead of Merritt? The other wingers in the frame, Uate and (?), have highly noticeable flaws as well and are just as useless.

Personally Tafua was a much better alternative.

The best idea would have been playing a Morris on each wing and bringing in Idris

haha, FMD, his D is just as turnstile like under pressure…in fact, a lot of NRL wingers would have struggled with that last night.

He would have provided more then the meek surrender of Merritt on kick returns. So that alone makes him a massive upgrade.

Merritt was utter garbage

B Morris did no matter in bringing it out. Actually, neither did any of the forwards to be fair. I wouldn’t have Merrit there if Hayne/Ferguson were available, but Uate and Tafua are bigger turnstiles then Merrit…

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Who would you have chosen instead of Merritt? The other wingers in the frame, Uate and (?), have highly noticeable flaws as well and are just as useless.

Personally Tafua was a much better alternative.

The best idea would have been playing a Morris on each wing and bringing in Idris

haha, FMD, his D is just as turnstile like under pressure…in fact, a lot of NRL wingers would have struggled with that last night.