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Pathways Wrap: Round 3

A quick review of Wests Tigers pathways teams in Round 3 of the NSWRL junior representative season.

Three of Wests Tigers eight pathways’ teams are unbeaten after three rounds of the NSWRL junior representative season.

Macarthur Wests Tigers are three from three in both the Andrew Johns (U16s) and Laurie Daley Cup (U18s) competitions after two big wins against the Riverina Bulls in Camden.

Wests Magpies held on to narrowly to defeat Newcastle Knights in the Harold Matthews Cup and are also unbeaten three rounds into the competition, while the Magpies SG Ball Cup team suffered its first loss of the season.

Mixed results for Wests Tigers two junior women’s teams in Newcastle. Our Under 17s held on to beat a fast-finishing Knights team in the Lisa Fiaola Cup while our Under 19s side suffered its third loss in a row.

And Balmain Tigers SG Ball team fell away in the second half against a strong Parramatta Eels side after trailing 14-12 at half time.

Lisa Fiaola Cup (U17s) – Wests Tigers

Coach – Scott Clark

There’s nothing better than going on our team’s first road trip and bringing home the two points. The players we brought into the team really stood up and made the difference in getting the win against the Knights. Although we lost some momentum at the end of the game, the work done earlier had paved the way for the win.

The team is progressing well and it’s pleasing to see us delivering on game day what have been working on during the week.

Tarsha Gale Cup (U/19s) – Wests Tigers

Coach – Adel Hage

It was a much-improved performance at the weekend that and it was pleasing to see improvement on parts of the game we had been working on through the week.

Discipline and lack of concentration is certainly something we need to improve on.

A big positive for the team was the performance of Kiani Duckett who was a standout.

SG Ball Cup (U/19s) – Balmain Tigers

Coach – Chris Yates

We had a slow start to the game in hot conditions and found ourselves down 14-nil in as many minutes. To the boys credit they fought back to 14-12 at halftime. A try straight after halftime really hurt us. We did have our chances in the second half but couldn’t execute.

Harold Matthews Cup (U/17s) – Western Suburbs Magpies

Coach – Stephen Isdale

It was a tough win from the boys on a hot day in Newcastle.  We stuck to our processes and were able to score some good tries, establishing a 14-nil lead at the break. 

The message at half time was that the smarter team would win this match.  We let the Knights back into the game through ill-discipline early in the second half but were able to peel the momentum back and get to a 18-10 lead with three minutes to play. 

Alex Isdale played a great captain’s role, kicked well, scored a great try and steered the boys around the park, while Christian Moores once again led our pack from start to finish.

SG Ball Cup (U/19s) – Western Suburbs Magpies

Coach – Joey Saukuru

A very frustrating first half of football where once again we started very slow and in the blink of an eye we found ourselves 24-6 down at the break.

A poor completion rate followed by back-to-back defensive sets was the tale of the tape for our first half. But the second half tells a different story. Where we lacked respect for possession in the first half, we did a complete 360 in the second half, running in four tries to two with some good enterprising rugby league.

Andrew Johns Cup (U/16s) – Macarthur Wests Tigers

Coach – Harrison Fox

We came up against a resilient Bulls team that left nothing in the tank.

Our boys rose to the occasion and came away with the points, although we still have plenty to work on. I’m very pleased that we ticked our first goal of the season by going undefeated at home.

Our defence was once again strong and the points we leaked were off the back of our mistakes rather than great attacking plays from the opposition.

I thought Kye Penfold was outstanding with and without the ball, and Curtis Lakeman took control in attack.

Laurie Daley Cup (U/18s) – Macarthur Wests Tigers

Coach – Mitch Tyler

It was another great display of teamwork and grit from all the boys.

In tough conditions and with a slow start, Dylan Smith led the way with two quick tries out of dummy half, highlighting his speed and his ability to identify holes in the defence. This created momentum and we went into half time with a commanding 24-6 lead.

In the second half, we continued to dominate through the middle which opened up opportunities on our edges. This flowed into some impressive execution in attack.
We’re all looking forward to our next two away games against strong opposition.

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