By Lawrence Machado
The injury-hit Windsor Wolves failed to ruffle the feathers of Western Suburb Magpies (26-18) and Wentworthville Magpies (40-6) in their last two games.
Wolves coach Chris Yates said they had the right start against Wenty’s, opening the scoring but unforced errors cost them several tries.
“We have a big game against Blacktown Sea Eagles on Saturday (Windsor Sports Complex at 5pm) and a win would bring back the swagger to the side,” Yates said.“Several key players, who are injured, should be back in a few weeks but the young guys are learning good lessons.”
Skipper Tyler Cassel, Tony Williams and Kakapuna Fotu are on the injury list. All teams will have a bye in round 10, with play resuming on Saturday, May 22.
BRUISING FOR BULLS
The Hills Bulls, bruised and sore after two successive losses, need to improve their ball handling and decision making to return to their winning ways.
The Bulls’ run of five successive wins – the club’s best Ron Massey Cup streak – came to an end when reigning premiers Wentworthville Magpies burst their bubble with a 32-12 victory in their Anzac Day game. Last weekend, table toppers St Mary’s scored 18 unanswered points against the Bulls in round eight.
“Wenty and St Mary’s are very good teams and we are still not far off the top being in the top three,” Bulls coach Mick Withers said. “We kept dropping the ball and putting pressure on ourselves. Poor decisions with the ball let us down in these two matches. On the plus side, our Sydney Shield side is undefeated and overall, we are happy as a club.”
The Bulls are away to winless Cabramatta Two Blues on Saturday, May 8, at 4pm and Withers said the players must complete their sets and “stop making silly mistakes with the ball”.
The Bulls have had a few injuries, though nothing major with the coach pleased there is no room for complacency among the regulars.
“The competition for places is very strong and this is a good place to be,” Withers said. “We are happy we have had a good start to the season and we have a couple of byes coming up in the coming weeks which will be welcome.”