After a late second-half surge from Mounties proved too much to overcome, as Western Suburbs Magpies ultimately went down 36-24 on Saturday afternoon.
Match: Mounties v Magpies
Round 20 -
Venue: Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Sydney
The Magpies got off to a hot start in picturesque conditions at Campbelltown Sports Stadium, with Israel Ogden delivering a slick cut-out ball to allow young winger Trey Peni to cross.
Experienced centre James Roberts then displayed electric footwork and strength to touchdown on the right side and give Western Suburbs an eight-point lead after just ten minutes.
However, Mounties hit back twice before half-time, after former Magpie Watson Heleta scored a scrappy try on the right wing before Jamon Wormleaton scored on his NSW Cup debut.
With scores locked up at 8-8 at the break, Wests crossed first after the interval, with an Oliver Gildart short ball putting 20-year-old second rower Henry O’Kane over for his first NSW Cup try.
From there, Mounties took control of the contest and scored five unanswered tries to secure the victory, with a Tim Simona double accompanied by four-pointers from Dane Aukafolau, Jarrett Subloo and Brad Abbey.
The Magpies scored two late consolation tries to make the score-line respectable, with Triston Reilly getting over for his first NSW Cup try and Trey Peni collecting his double.