Dynamic Westfields go on point-scoring spree
Author : Phoebe Street and Matt Elkerton NewsCorp Sports
Dynamic Westfields go on point-scoring spree
Westfields Sports High flexed their title muscles with a dominant 54-8 victory over Endeavour Sports in the third round of the Peter Mulholland Cup.
Up 22-8 at halftime, Westfields went on with the job in the second half, piling on 32 points and keeping their opponents scoreless.
Westfields coach Troy Weeden said it was a game of two halves from his charges.
“It was a slow start from us, but I was pretty happy with them in the second half,” he said.
“We were a lot cleaner with the ball and got a bit of traction with what we wanted to do, so it was a good result in the end,” he said.
Roy Quiroz Mapusoa, scrum half Lachlan Galvin, right wing Mohamed Alameddine and hooker Tallyn Da Silva all scored in the first half, while the speed of Endeavour’s Luca Bento aalmost single handedly kept his school in contention.
It was tryfest in the second half for Westfields, with players including left wing Will Craig, right centre Daniel Waga and Lachlan Galvin among players to put points to their name.
Mapusoa finished the game with a hat-trick of tries, having outsmarted Endeavour’s fullback and Harold Matthews star Chevy Stewart.
Battle of the No.1s highlights heavyweight showdown One will pull on the green and gold of Australia later this year, while the other has set the Peter Mulholland Cup alight this season.
But there is one important thing that Endeavour Sports High fullback Chevy Stewart and Westfields Sports High’s Luke Laulilii share in common.
They will both play a crucial role in deciding which side wins their Peter Mulholland Cup blockbuster on Wednesday.
Luke Laulilii celebrates after scoring a runaway try in Westfields big win over Patrician Brothers Blacktown. Picture: Richard Dobson
The two NRL nurseries will go head-to-head on Wednesday, with the match proving pivotal in the run to the NRL Schoolboys Cup semi-finals next month. All of the action will be live streamed exclusively through KommunityTV.
While both schools have proven their ability to work as a unit across the park, it is the game breaking ability of their number ones that is expected to define the clash.
This won’t be the first time the two custodians have faced off in a critical clash.
Stewart and Laulilii stood opposite each other in the Harold Matthews Cup grand final earlier this year playing for their junior representative sides, Cronulla Sharks and Wests Magpies respectively.
Stewart, who was picked at fullback in the Australian Schoolboys side following the Australian Secondary Schools Nationals earlier this month, has been on an incredible run of form.
NSW’s Chevy Stewart during the under 18 ASSRL schoolboy rugby league championship grand final between QLD v NSW CHS from Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe. Picture: Zak Simmonds
While Laulilii missed out on playing at the ASSRL Nationals, his blockbusting runs from the backfield have been crucial in Westfields successful start to the Peter Mulholland Cup.
Westfields coach Troy Weeden, who was part of the Raiders recruitment staff that lured Stewart to the nation’s capital on a three-year deal earlier this year, has seen plenty of the two fullbacks in action and can’t wait for the battle of the ones.
“They are a pretty similar prospect to each other,” Weeden said.
“Luke and Chevy played in that Harold Matts final against each other, they both love playing in that loose field when they don’t have the structure around them.
“They would be two of the top players across the opening rounds of the competition.
“They are both tough kids as well. I think people don’t realise just how tough you have to be to play one. There isn’t a lot of self-preservation.
“Chevy is a good player, I have watched a lot of him playing this year. We have got a few weapons up our sleeve to stop him though.”
Australian Schoolboys on show
Stewart will not be the only recently capped Australian Schoolboys player on show in the blockbuster clash.
Westfields forward Sam Tuivaiti, 17, bulldozed his way into the Australian schoolboys side earlier this month. Picture: David Swift
Westfields celebrated two of their players getting the green and gold nod earlier this month including Eels contracted playmaker Blaize Talagi and the largely unknown Sam Tuivaiti.
Tuivaiti came from the clouds to be named in the Australian Schoolboys side after several game changing stints off the bench for NSW Combined High Schools.
Weeden said the humble nature of the two talents was one of the key reasons for their rapid rise.
“Blaize had all the accolades but Sam has been a bit of a whispering talent for us,” he said. “No one knew him before he went up there (to Redcliffe). I was glad he got to show how good he is.
“I wasn’t surprised by the performance at all. He just brushes it off and gets ready for the next thing coming up. Both of those boys are like that.
“Blaize gets a lot of people pissing in his pocket but he takes it really well. He brushes it off and just gets to work on his game and what he needs to do.”
Westfields SHS Rnd 3 team list
1. Luke Laulilii
2. Mohamed Alameddine
3. Daniel Waqa
4. Roy Quiroz Mapusoa
5. Will Craig
6. Blaize Talagi
7. Lachlan Galvin
8. Kit Laulilii
9. Tallyn Da Silva
10. Sam Tuivati
11. Sosefo Finau
12. Solomone Saukuru
13. Jeremiah Leatigaga
14. Denzel Schaafhausen Mino
15. Ricardo Oloapu
16. Sebastian Piukala
17. Aiman Yaghi
18. Markkuz Ofanoa
Coach : Troy Weeden
Orange Shirt : jacob Alexander
Yellow Shirt : Bou Overington
Blue Shirt : Luke Vella
Endeavour SHS team List
1. Chevy Stewart
2. Luca Bento
3. Aiden Hogges
4. Aaron Langer
5. Terry Ballis
6. Charnze Enoka
7. Fynn Perryman
8. Ryan Papata-Clements
9. Dylan Frazer
10. Viliami Hikila
11. Lama Afu
12. Kye Beckett
13. Cyrus Stanley-Traill
14. William Gibson
15. Trent Dixon
16. Liam Christie
17. Connal Amosa
Coach : David Howlett
WATCH THE PETER MULHOLLAND CUP LIVE
Check out this week’s schoolboys rugby league live stream schedule below and click the links to watch each match LIVE.
Wednesday, July 27
11.30am: Patrician Brothers Blacktown v Hills Sports High
1pm: Endeavour Sports High v Westfields Sports
1pm: Erindale College v The Grange
1pm: Illawarra Sports High v Hallam College
Thursday, July 28
1pm: St Gregory’s College v St Dominic’s College
Friday, July 29
11am: Holy Cross College v Farrer MAHS
Watch all of the action LIVE at www.kommunitytv.com.au
Westfields SHS v Endeavour SHS
St. Greg’s v St. Dom’s
Holy Cross v Farrer
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