The Wentworthville Magpies have put aside a late scare to record a 36-22 victory over the Wyong Roos in the sides' clash at Leichhardt Oval in Round 10 of the Intrust Super Premiership NSW.
Match: WV Magpies v Roos
Round 10 -
Venue: Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
Inspired by three-try hero, five-eighth Jaeman Salmon, Wentworthville survived a late Roos onslaught to record their sixth win of the season.
The Roos raced out to an early 10-0 lead to start the first half, but it was the Magpies' newly-blooded pivot who steadied their cause.
Tries to Wyong pair Luke Sharpe (4th) and Josh Mantellato (12th) were offset by the 19-year-old's early double (20th, 24th).
Roos interchange forward Ben Thomas crossed for a four-pointer (30th) soon after to again have the Wyong side in front, before Magpies utility forward Piki Rogers burrowed his way over the line on the stroke of half-time (39th) to have the 'home' side up by two at the break.
Full of running at the change of ends, Wentworthville raced out by 14 points when Nathan Davis (46th) and Josh Hoffman (55th) bagged tries of their own. Davis' long-range effort saw the Roos' heads drop, before Hoffman collected a neat Salmon grubber into the in-goal area to see the scoreboard read 30-16.
But in conceding a 75th minute try to Roos centre Paul Momirovski, before Cameron King kicked out-on-the-full the ensuing restart of play, the Magpies looked shaky to finish the clash.
Again, Salmon injected himself into the contest – and a body-on-the-line carry close to the whitewash saw the No.6 go in for his third try of the afternoon (77th), ending all hopes Wyong had of stealing an unlikely victory.
Wentworthville Magpies 36 (J Salmon 3, P Rogers, N Davis, J Hoffman tries; N Davis 6 goals) bt Wyong Roos 22 (L Sharpe, J Mantellato, B Thomas, P Momirovski tries; Mantellato 3 goals)