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Wentworthville back on track with solid effort

July 2013

Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta,

New South Wales

by Jodie Newell

Wentworthville have returned to the winners list after a strong victory over a persistent Manly at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday.

The win was made all the more sweeter with the Magpies returning to the top eight of the VB NSW Cup table.

Times have been very lean indeed victory wise at Ringrose Park, with Wenty dropping five out of six games (excluding the bye) and Saturday’s win couldn't have come soon enough for the Magpies. For Manly it was a good effort, but were unable to sustain their pressure and were pushed aside by a faster finishing Wentworthville.

“We had to win today’s game and I’m very happy with that”

- Wentworthville Magpies coach Brett Cook

In perfect conditions at Parramatta Stadium both sides began their opening sets without too much trouble. Manly’s Dean Chisholm got a threatening kicking game underway with Wenty’s defence put under pressure with deft chip kicks and high spiralling 5th kick bombs. The Sea Eagles gained two successive sets thanks to a high 5th kick dropped ball by the Wenty defence and a smart kick again from Chisholm to force a goal line drop-out.

A couple of minutes later, Dean Chisolm’s kicking pressure finally paid dividends. He again executed a superb spiralling high ball deep into Wentworthville territory where Ben Fritz was unable to hold the tricky ball. On the subsequent fresh set of six plays, Manly scored thanks to a pass from Dean Chisholm out wide to Ben Farrar. Chisholm who was in everything, made an excellent conversion kick from out wide to send the Sea Eagles up by 6.

Wentworthville were being put under a lot of pressure from Manly and needed to create some offensive play of their own. It soon came thanks to a penalty which launched then closer to the try zone. Magpies playmaker Brendan Waters got a quick pass off to a team mate near the try-line, but thanks to a heads-up play from the Manly number 4 in Troy Savage, the Sea Eagles gladly accepted the intercept and thwarted the Wentworthville offense.

The next foray forward for Wenty was successful when they scored their first try. A chain of crisp passes began with Takai Moeakiola to Danny Howard and then to the try scorer in Dylan Gilbert. Brendan Waters missed the conversion, but on the stroke of half-time Wentworthville went back into the sheds full of confidence trailing Manly 6-4.

Magpies coach Brett Cook must have gave his side a talking to at the break as they come in much better shape at the start of the second half. There was more purpose and speed at the play of the ball. Hooker Dean Parata was beginning to assert his influence on the game with fast snaps of the ball and deft passing to fellow team-mates.

Thanks to a great run by Dom Reardon who was able to get a pass out wide to Takai Moeakiola, Wentworthville gained the lead. An outstanding conversion kick taken out wide by Waters increased the lead by 4 points, Wenty 10 Manly 6.

To Manly’s credit they fought to match it with the fast finishing Magpies. Manly prop David Gower worked hard in trying to gain extra yardage and tackled tirelessly. Zac Nicholls was another who worked in trying to get his team back into the game, but Wenty seemed to have all the answers.

The game was sealed in the last ten minutes when Lorenzo Ma-afu made a superb surging run and then offloaded to Manu Mau who scored a try. Waters shanked the conversion from the far left corner heading to the Parramatta pool end, but importantly Wenty’s lead had increased 14-6.

The game was sealed beyond doubt in the last five minutes when the big 25 in Taniela Lasalo broke through the tiring Manly defence and offloaded a ball to Matt Hunt who scored the match sealing try under the posts. The conversion kick was an easy “soda” for Brendan Waters, 20-6 in favour of Wentworthville.

To the Sea Eagles credit they didn't give up, scoring a consolation intercept try in the final seconds by Jackson Williams. Chisholm was unable to convert and the match ended with Wentworthville winning 20-10.

It was a welcome return to the winners circle for Wentworthville who have experienced an up and down season. With several key players being called up for senior duties with the Parramatta Eels, coach Brett Cook was very satisfied with his team’s effort “We had to win today’s game and I’m very happy with that”.

For Manly it was a gallant effort. Over the past weeks they have shown some good form against strong opponents in Windsor and Wentworthville. They will trouble teams in the coming weeks and are still a rough chance to make the final eight if they can secure a few wins. Dane Chisholm surely must be coming under the radar of the Manly or other club’s senior scouts. His kicking game in the first half was outstanding. Definitely a black booker for senior duties.

Danny Howard & Dean Parata (front right) meet Manly’s Clint Gutherson in a solid hit up at Parramatta Stadium

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Final score:  Wentworthville 20  defeated   Manly 10

Tries: Magpies : T Moeakiola, D Gilbert, M Hunt, M Mau

Tries: Sea Eagles : B Farrar, J Williams

Conversions: Magpies : B Waters 2

Conversions: Sea Eagles : D Chisholm

Referee: Phil Haines

Touch Judges : Richard Daizli   Brenden Wood

At Parramatta Stadium