MAGPIES STAY UNBEATEN!
Ron Massey Cup
The Asquith Magpies maintained their unbeaten start to the 2018 season with a hard fought 24-18 win over the Cabramatta Two Blues at Storey Park last Sunday. The Magpies opened the scoring when a Matt Place pass found winger Alex Nicholls-O’Neill for the opening try in the 16th minute, before the Two Blues responded with a converted try to take the lead four minutes later.
A Cabramatta error right on half time led to Magpies fullback Braeden Batiste putting through a speculative grubber kick for opposite winger Kane Allan to score and give Asquith an 8-6 half time lead. Another Cabramatta mistake from the second half kickoff led to Asquith lock Jesse Martin scoring an opportunist try to extend the Magpies lead to 14-6 with Kurt Horton’s conversion.
Cabramatta scored a converted try to get back to 14-12 before the Magpies seemed to take control with well worked tries from Jake Attard and returning centre Mick Pearsall to give Asquith a 24-12 lead. Cabramatta came back with a converted try with nine minutes left to set up a grandstand finish.
The Magpies then held on in the closing stages to secure their victory.
The Magpies comfortably defeated Cabramatta 40-20 to stay in third place on the Shield ladder. After Treymaine Brown’s opening try was cancelled out by the visitors, the Magpies backline cut loose with brilliant tries from Jale Seninawanana, Jeremy Marshall and Ngangarra Barker to lead 20-6 at half time. Seninawanana, Marshall and Barker all completed their doubles in the second half, with Corey Browne-Higginbotham scoring the Magpies’ last try to complete Asquith’s win.
The Magpies are back on the road against the Guildford Owls at McCredie Park, Guildford next Sunday in both Shield (1pm) and Massey Cup (3pm) respectively.
TONY DOSEN, HHH-FM SPORTS CALLER/SPORTS DIRECTOR.