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Pathways Wrap: Round 4

A quick review of Wests Tigers pathways teams in Round 4 of the NSWRL junior representative season.

Wests Tigers teams had four wins and four losses in Round 4 in the NSWRL junior representative competitions over the weekend.

Our two junior women’s teams both had big wins over North Sydney at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday with our Under 19s team enjoying its first win of the season in the Tarsha Gale Cup. 

It was a difficult day for Balmain in the Harold Matthews and SG Ball Cup at Leichhardt on Saturday with both teams losing to Melbourne Storm.

Wests Magpies enjoyed convincing wins over the Bears in both the Harold Matthews (U17s) and SG Ball Cup (U19s) competitions on Sunday, making it four wins from four against North Sydney over the weekend.

Our two Macarthur Wests Tigers teams both had their first loss of the season in the ACT.


Lisa Fiaola Cup (U17s) – Wests Tigers

Coach – Scott Clark

Congratulations to our team on another on a good performance, once again showing what they are capable of.

Although we still need to be more disciplined and patient with the ball at times, our defence was rock sold holding the Bears to zero. This is something that will give us good confidence moving into next week’s game. 

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

Coach – Adel Hage

It was a wonderful feeling for the players to get their first win of the season. Our attack wasn’t the best but the significant work the players have put into their defence has shown. We’d like to think this can springboard our season heading into next week.

Harold Matthews Cup (U/17s) – Balmain Tigers

Coach – Tony Bazouni 

It was a spirited display and possibly our best performance to date but still we were unable to take away the two points against a good Storm outfit. Our inability to apply pressure and errors at crucial moments in the game continues to be a problem.

That said, we were able to take away some positives into next week which will be a tough trip to New Zealand. Will Stone was the pick of the forwards with a whole- hearted display, looking dangerous in both attack defence.

SG Ball Cup (U/19s) – Balmain Tigers

Coach – Chris Yates

The Boys tried really hard and had a couple of decisions that went against us before and after halftime.  In the end, our unforced errors caught up with us. Archie Riley continued his good form collecting man of the match and players' player.

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

Coach – Stephen Isdale

The boys did a great job at Kenthurst against A Bears team which had nothing to lose.  A slow start saw North Sydney up by two tries before our team clicked into gear.  We seemed to go to another gear when our bench was rotated 

Our main focus was to try and be consistent for 60 mins we started slow which seen the bears up by 2 tries the boys responded well and click into gear we seem to go to another gear when the bench was rotated and I thought al four of the boys on the bench added some much-needed energy.

I was particularly impressed by Brooklyn Milford's maturity. He's been patiently waiting for his opportunity and I felt he did his job well.

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

Coach – Joey Saukuru

It was a great first half of footy with a very high completion rate in attack backed up by a good clinical defensive performance where we stuck to our processes and also scrambled well when things didn’t go our way.

Going into half time with a 36-0 lead our chat was about staying composed and to not stray from our original game plan. With the end score being 48-6 we’ve got to work on staying focused & playing a more mature game when we have our opponents on the ropes. Overall though, we are very happy to be back in the winner's circle.

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

Coach – Harrison Fox

Our performance was simply not good enough. We completed at a low rate and didn’t capitalise on the scoring opportunities that we had. This is definitely a game that we let slip away. 

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

Coach – Mitch Tyler

We travelled to Canberra very confident that we would keep our unbeaten record in tact but it wasn't to be.  We led 10-6 after a strong start but Monaro lifted a gear and we weren't able to go with them. Ill-discipline and silly errors cost us as a playing group in the second half.

A great performance by our prop Lucas Rossi who was outstanding with ball in hand and had great physical presence against a big pack.

We'll need to fix our error count in our next do or die match against the Dragons this week.

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