Canterbury Cup: Mounties remain undefeated

The Mounties have continued their undefeated start to the season after defeating the Wentworthville Magpies 32-16 at GIO Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

A second half hat-trick from Reubenn Rennie helped the Mounties come back from four points down at halftime to remain undefeated so far this campaign.

Both teams defensive efforts were second to none, however Mounties were able to push through and hold on for the win in the nation’s capital.

The Mounties started off strong, with Jack Murchie tumbling over ten minutes in to get the first points on the board.

A blistering line-break from Tom Starling almost saw the Mounties add to their lead, however, a wayward pass from the hooker to Andre Niko saw the attack end.

A pin-point cut-out pass to winger Greg Leleisiuao helped get Wentworthville back into the game with thirteen minutes before half time.

Fancy footwork from Bevan French was finished off by an acrobatic finish from Damon Goolagong just before half time to send Wentworthville into the sheds four points ahead.

A quick start from the Mounties four minutes in saw Niko throw a pass over the top of the Magpies defence and into the hands of Reubenn Rennie, who muscled his way over to score.

It was a bit of déjà vu after Murchie broke through the Magpies line and had Andrew Niko in support, however a miss pass saw another open try opportunity go begging.

Wentworthville were soon to respond, with a lovely chase from a perfectly timed grubber saw Oregon Kaufusi ground it just before the dead ball line.

Five minutes later, Mounties were in again with slick passing on the left side between Murchie and Niko saw the ball reach Reubenn Rennie to get his second of the night.

Andre Niko made up for the missed conversion with a 60 metre break, throwing a dummy to send the defender the wrong way and score with no problems.

Rennie added to the Mounties lead with his third of the night, capping off a stellar second-half hat-trick from the centre, making it his fifth try of the season.

The Mounties comeback was complete when Tony Satini crossed in the right-hand corner from a beautiful build up play, finalising the victory and the Mounties fourth win of the season.

Mounties 32 (Tries: Rennie 3, Murchie, Niko, Satini. Goals Niko 4/6) def. Wentworthville Magpies 16 (Tries: Leleisiuao, Goolagong, Kaufusi. Goals: Davies 1/2, Keighran 1/1)