The Wentworthville Magpies have come away with an impressive and dominant 42-10 victory over the Newtown Jets at Ringrose Park on Sunday in Round Four of the Canterbury Cup.
The return of Josh Hoffman and George Jennings to the back line saw Bevan French shift into the halves alongside Rhys Davies, and the move paid dividends with French starring with two tries and three try assists in the Magpies seven try to two victory.
Lock Ray Stone also impressed in the contest crossing for two tries.
The clash proved a challenge for both sides in the warm afternoon conditions, with both teams struggling to adapt to grinding style of play in the warm temperatures, resulting in poor discipline and plenty of dropped football early.
The Magpies were on the back foot early, under pressure to defend their line with repeat sets forced by the Jets, but it was an individual piece of play by French that was rewarded with a try.
After a mountain of defence, a chip and chase from inside the Magpies half favourably bounced for the flyer who raced away to score a 50m try and put the first points on the board in the 27th minute.
The effort was backed up six minutes later when Stone crossed for his first of two tries in the afternoon, claiming a cross filed chip from French to get the home side a twelve point lead.
The Jets had an opportunity to strike back just before half time, but some rushing and desperate defence from the Magpies out wide ended the attack, meaning the Magpies headed to the sheds with a two try lead after the opening forty.
The Jets shocked the Magpies with a try through prop Daniel Vasquez who fought and spun his way over the line to score first in the second half. However an error on the following set after points gifted the Magpies another opportunity and they made the opposition pay.
Close to the line, prop Mitch Butfield linked up with Stone, hitting the lock with a short ball close to the line who barged his way over for his second of the afternoon.
A floating cut out ball from French put winger Damon Goolagong over out wide in the 53rd minute of the clash before another chip and chase from French in the 63rd minute of the clash saw him cross for his second and push the score out to 30-6.
A strong charge by Jets back rower Siosifa Talakai in the 68th minute of the clash saw the forward charge through some tiring Magpies defence before he stepped Hoffman at fullback to score out wide.
The Magpies further extended their lead through forward D’Rhys Miller who loomed in support of Brad Keighran to dive over under the posts before a skilful banana-kick back on the inside from French found Hoffman scoring under the posts and putting a stamp on the 42-10 victory over last year’s grand finalists.
Wentworthville Magpies 42 (Tries: Bevan French (2), Ray Stone (2), Damon Goolagong, D’Rhys Miller, Josh Hoffman; Goals: Rhys Davies (3), Brad Keighran (4) )
Newtown Jets 10 (Tries: Daniel Vasquez, Siosifa Talakai; Goals: Braydon Trindall)