The Wentworthville Magpies have put on a dominating performance against the Warriors in the NSW Cup, after defeating the visitors 48-6 in their Round 10 clash this afternoon at Pirtek Stadium.
Chris Sandow made his mark on the game early when he kicked a 40/20 and gave his side a chance to score in the opening few minutes. Sandow then threw a cut out pass to Bureta Faraimo to get the Magpies on the board first and Sandow converted the try to take a 6-0 after five minutes of play.
The Magpies were on the attack again when fullback, Bevan French ran 60 metres up field, catching the Warriors on the back foot off a grubber. Joseph Paulo threw a short ball to Taniela Lasalo who powered his way across the line for the second try of the game. Chris Sandow added the two to take the home side out to a 12-point lead after 10 minutes.
The Warriors were next to put some pressure on the Magpies defence, with a couple of repeat line drop outs, but were unable to convert the possession into points.
The next passage of play was off a Chris Sandow grubber kick that was sat up in goal, forcing the Warriors to play at it, resulting in a line drop out. Faraimo was on the scoreboard again in the 21st minute after being on the receiving end of another Chris Sandow cut out pass as the Magpies extended their lead 18-0.
Wentworthville continued to dominate in attack off some repeat sets and they crashed over again when Ryan Matterson passed to John Folau. Sandow added the extras with five minutes remaining of the first half.
The Magpies weren’t done yet, with Ryan Matterson involved again, setting up Josh Aloiai who crashed over the line for Wentworthville’s fifth try of the game, and the Magpies went in 30-0 in front at the half time break.
The Warriors came out with a point to prove in the second half, as they came out with plenty of enthusiasm in defence and started to mount pressure in attack.
The defence from both teams was strong in the second half, as neither side was able to find any gaps in the defensive line.
The Magpies were the first to get on the board in the second half when Chris Sandow set up Bevan French, who broke through the Warriors defence, before passing back inside for Zach Dockar-Clay who scored under the posts. The home side continued to extend their lead, 36-0 after 63 minutes of play.
The domination continued just five minutes later, when Daniel Alvaro regained possession of the football in a one on one strip before he crossed under the posts, carrying three players with him. Sandow’s successful attempt at conversion continued as he kicked his seventh goal of the afternoon, taking the score out to 42-0.
The Warriors were finally on the board after 72 minutes, after an attempted 40/20 went out on the full from Sandow, giving the visitors some late attacking field position. James Bell scored in the corner, with halfback Mason Lino adding the two for the Warriors.
The home side wrapped up the game when Chris Sandow kicked in goal to Zach Dockar-Clay, cementing a dominant performance from the Magpies, who scored 48 points against the Warriors, 6.
Sandow earned Man of the Match for his efforts.
Magpies: Faraimo 2, Dockar-Clay 2, Lasalo, Folau, Aloiai, Alvaro tries; Sandow 8/8 goals
Warriors: Bell tries. Lino 1/1 goals.