Wentworthville Magpies coach Brett Cook says while his side is sitting top of the table in the VB NSW Cup competition, they’re heading into their toughest match so far.
Wenty’s 50-32 win over the Newcastle Knights put them outright first on the ladder, but this Saturday they face the Cronulla Sharks at Henson Park, and Cook isn’t expecting an easy encounter.
“It’s been a solid start, but it’s a very close competition so you need to keep playing well each week,” Cook said.
“I think the whole group’s really performed well together and when you’ve got changes each week you need that. You need the guys coming back from NRL with a good attitude and that has been the case.”
“[The Sharks] are one of the top sides in the competition. They’re last year’s premiers,” Cook said.
“They’re a side that never goes away; even if you get on top of them they keep coming at you and coming at you. I think it’ll be our toughest game of the year so far.”
For under 20s Parramatta Eels centre John Folau, five-eighth Ryan Matterson and hooker Kaysa Pritchard, the match up with the Sharks will be their first appearance in the Wenty jersey this season.
“They’ll bring some enthusiasm, I’m pretty sure about that,” Cook said.
“They’ve been preforming well in the 20s and they all had a run in the Under 20s State of Origin last week so I think they’ll come in with confidence.”
“It’ll be a good test for them.”