NSW Cup Match Report: Mounties suffer second loss
Mounties have suffered their second loss of the 2015 VB NSW Cup season after going down 30-14 to Wyong on Saturday.
With a carnival atmosphere at the ground in celebration of Women In League round, Wyong started the game in style when they crossed for the first try of the afternoon in the 9th minute, the conversion from near in front of the posts giving them a 6-0 lead.
Mounties hit back in the 14th minute when Bill Tupou crossed in the south west corner after a great backline play gave him an open run to the line however the conversion from Sam Duggan was blown off course and it was Wyong leading 6-4.
Five minutes later Mounties grabbed the lead when Jack Ahearn injected himself into the line and sliced through to plant the ball over the line and with the conversion Mounties led 10-6.
Soon after Wyong put up a mid field bomb and with the breeze making the ball swirl around it was allowed to bounce and the Wyong chasers got their hands on it and raced away to score under the posts to give the lead at 12-10.
With just a minute left on the clock Luke Bateman grabbed a try when he raced into dummy half and finding the Wyong defence napping dived over for the try to give Mounties the half time lead 14-12.
Early in the second half it was Wyong out of the blocks ahead of the home team again when they crossed in the 44th minute to retake the lead 16-14 and just five minutes later they extended their lead to 20-14 when they found the line out wide for their fourth four pointer of the day.
Mounties tried hard over the next twenty minutes however the last pass always seemed to go astray and Wyong weren't much better with a large amount of mistakes creeping into their second half however it was the visitors who found the line in the 68th minute to make it 24-14 and Mounties had their work cutout to find the win.
The last ten minutes was an end to end affair with both teams going close to scoring several times and in the 79th minute with the game all but over it was Wyong who completed the scoring when a grubber into the south west corner bounced awkwardly for Gus Aiga and the Roos chasers were able to pounce and get a try on the bell to make the final score 30-14.
In the earlier games Mounties continued their unbeaten run in the Ron Massey Cup when they comprehensively beat Windsor by 36-4 while in the Sydney Shield Mounties bounced back from a horror month to beat the competition leaders Windsor by 42-30.
Wyong Roos 30 (B Elliot 2, N MacDonald 2, N Stapleton, O Slaimankhel tries; Stapleton 3 goals) bt Mounties 14 (B Tupou, J Ahearn, L Bateman tries; S Duggan 1 goal)