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globalrugbyleague - Mon, 29 Sep 2008 12:52:00 GMT
Wentworthville are one win away from the mother of all state cup dynasties after belting Manly 42-12 to qualify for next week’s NSWRL Grand Final.
Locked in a true wrestle for football superiority, both teams leveled the scoreboard at 6-points a piece by half-time in hot conditions at Campbelltown Stadium.
First points came in the 21st minute when Jeff Robson ran the ball from dummy half and kicked the ball behind the Magpies defence to set up a four-pointer for fullback Sean Meaney.
Some poor discipline and handling errors however swung the momentum back in Wenty’s favour and the titleholders crossed over in the 33rd minute when winger Iwi Hauraki went wide.
The second term produced a dramatic capitulation by Manly from the outset after the Sea Eagles allowed the ball to roll over the dead ball line from the kick-off.
Sixty seconds later Wenworthville went in to begin a dominant period which saw them score the next two tries via Mark O’Grady and Jonathan Wright before the Sea Eagles cut the deficit to twelve points care of Sean Meaney’s second touchdown of the day.
The knockout blow came next when Wright ran the ball from dummy half and fended off Gideon Mzembe before sprinting eighty metres to score and put the first nail in Manly’s coffin.
Wright and Magpies lock Joe Galavao scored the remaining four-pointers to compliment an improved second-half from the defending premiers. [Wentworthville merged with Parramatta who have won the last three State Cup Grand Finals].
The potentially most confusing Grand Final of all time was defused when the Newtown Jets defeated Western Suburbs 36-22 in the curtain raiser to take out the first spot in the final.
A Magpies versus Magpies final would have certainly made for some interesting work in the commentary box but it was not to be.
Meanwhile the Windsor Wolves got the last laugh on the Sydney Bulls after taking out the 2008 Jim Beam Cup Grand Final 36-16.
Bulls prop Charlie Farah was knocked out after the first 13-seconds of play, rattling the Grand Final favourites who never quite recovered.
Wentworthville Magpies 42 (Jonathan Wright 3, Joe Galuvao 2, Mark O’Grady, Iwi Hauraki tries; James Maloney 7/7 goals) def Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 12 (Sean Meaney 2 tries; Sean Meaney 2/2 goals)
Newtown 36 Western Suburbs 22
JIM BEAM CUP GRAND FINAL
Windsor 36 d Sydney Bulls 16

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