BY LAWRENCE MACHADO
Underdogs Windsor Wolves are hoping their current form gives them a fighting chance against Ron Massey Cup contenders Hills Bulls in this Sunday’s round 13 clash at Crestwood Oval.
The Wolves won successive matches against Cabramatta Two Blues (48-8) and Ryde-Eastwood Hawks (34-16) with their young side showing they have learnt from their mistakes. The Wolves sped to a 42- 8 lead at half-time against Cabramatta but three sin bins curtailed their attack in the second half.
Tyler Cassel has been in rollicking form, scoring five tries in the last two matches while Zac Mackay continues to be among the best placekickers this season, sealing seven out of eight against Cabramatta.
The Bulls are also on a winning streak, first outwitting the Fijian Silktails 30-20, with Tom Carr and Mark Li scoring twice before staging a second half comeback to outwrestle Western Suburbs Magpies 20-16 last weekend.
The Bulls trailed 8-12 at breather against the Magpies but scored two more tries to snatch victory and stay second on the ladder, behind St Marys, the only unbeaten side in the competition.
Facing the Bulls at home is a daunting task, said Wolves coach Chris Yates. “I believe the Bulls are the competition favourites and are playing very good footy,” Yates said. “Our Windsor side is young and have good speed in them but have taken a bit of time getting used to playing well as a unit.
“Full credit to the players who are taking responsibility for being paid footy players, which people in the league need to understand.”
Bulls coach Mick Withers knows the Wolves can be a handful and wants his players to be at their best.
“Windsor are going good and have strung some wins together, and will be a tough team,” Withers said.
Withers is reaping the rewards of his work over the past three years but knows the new NRL rules and fatigue are affecting his players.
“At our level, there is a lot of fatigue halfway during the season while injuries come thick and fast,” the former Irish international said.
“We also have a few suspensions but these also give opportunities to our younger players in the Sydney Shield.
“Our Sydney Shield team are number one this season and I don’t mind promoting their players; it’s a credit to our players that they are excited for each other.”
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