Mounties blitz Magpies to move top of the table

Western Suburbs Magpies Canterbury Cup side were ambushed 52-6 by Mounties RLFC on Sunday afternoon at Aubrey Keech Reserve, handing the side their second loss in a row.

After a strong start to the season with two dominant victories and a disappointing defeat to the Bulldogs last weekend, Brett Hodgson’s side this week were unable to get on top of the home side, who moved to the top of the ladder as a result.

The hosts began the first half with a hard-hitting attack — blitzing past Western Suburbs to score four tries throughout the opening half of footy.

Tony Satini had Mounties in front early when he crossed after just three minutes, before Andre Niko made it two in quick succession with his first try of the day.

Bailey Simonsson bagged the first of his four tries in the 20th minute to make it 18-0 in favour of the home side, before another try late in the half to Reubenn Rennie ensured that Mounties would head to the half-time sheds with a commanding lead.

It didn't get any easier in the second half for the Magpies with Simonsson and Niko both crossing the line again, while Brendan O'Hagan also got in on the action — pushing the lead out to 36-0 with still 20 minutes remaining in the contest.

Simonsson, who was having some afternoon, took his personal tally to three tries as the lead pushed beyond 40 before Wests captain Kauri Aupouri finally broke the hosts' defence with a solo effort of his own eight minutes from full-time.

Mounties weren't quite done, though, with Simonsson make it four tries for himself and fifty points for the home side when he crashed over late in the contest.

After back-to-back defeats, Western Suburbs will look to bounce back in the winners circle next week when they take on the Penrith Panthers at Leichhardt Oval.

Mounties RLFC 52 (Simonsson 4, Niko 2, Satini, O’Hagon, Rennie tries; Niko 8/9 goals) def. Western Suburbs Magpies 6 (Aupouri tries; Gamble 1/1 goals)