Reigning Ron Massey champions Hills Bulls will hope to rebound this Sunday against the Mounties RMC at Crestwood Oval, Baulkham Hills.
The Bulls went down to Kaiviti Silktails 36-24 in Fiji last Saturday, in a pulsating fifth round match. The 2022 Ron Massey Cup Player of the Year Brad Keighran slotted four conversions after tries from Dion Narayan, Harrison Leonard, Dane Francis and Ceiza James kept the Bulls in the hunt against the Silktails.
The Bulls have won two and lost two this season, earlier going down to pacesetters St Marys 32-12 in the second round.
Incidentally, the Mounties outclassed the Fijians 44-18 in their encounter which means the Bulls need to be at their best to see off the visitors on Sunday. The match will kick off at 3pm.
The Bulls lie fourth in the standings and will be looking for maximum points to move up the ladder. Dane Francis, Logan Aldridge and Dion Narayan are among the leading try scorers this season and can give the Bulls the edge they need.
Francis and Aldridge helped themselves to three tries each in their 48-10 thrashing of Canterbury Bankstown in the fourth round, with ace kicker Keighran converting six of the nine tries.
At the start of the 2023 season, the vastlyexperienced Keighran, who has played for several clubs, said the Bulls are keen to retain the title they won in style last year.
“Personally, I’d love to get a back-to-back title, it’s a good thing to do in a career… a good memory to look back on,” Keighran told nswrl.com.au.
He was one of the stars for the Bulls in his debut season with the Hills club, finishing as the competition leading scorer with 141 points.
St Marys and Glebe Dirty Rats are the leading teams in the Ron Massey Cup with 10 points each from four wins. Ryde-Eastwood Hawks and Hills Bulls are chasing them on six points apiece.