Windsor Wolves ready for round 9 clash against Mounties

Hutch Maiava plays for Windsor Wolves earlier in the season. Maiava will come off the bench against Mounties at the weekend. picture: Geoff Jones
Hutch Maiava plays for Windsor Wolves earlier in the season. Maiava will come off the bench against Mounties at the weekend. picture: Geoff Jones

THE Windsor Wolves are confident they can topple Mounties at the weekend and claim sole ownership atop the Ron Massey Cup ladder.

The teams both sit on 12 points atop the ladder, while the Wolves' Sydney Shield team leads the competition on 12 points.

It will be a tough trip to Mount Pritchard for both teams, as the teams have been unsettled in the past few weeks.

The injury woes of the Penrith Panthers have caused them to draw on their NSW Cup players, and the NSW Cup team has in turn, raided the Wolves to fill out the side.

Windsor Wolves rugby league manager Dean Jones said the Ron Massey Cup team would be boosted this week by keeping the same halfback in the team.

Nathan Cleary, the son of Panthers coach Ivan, played his first game for the Ron Massey Cup side last week.

Jones believes the side will be much more settled this week, after Cleary was able to train with the side.

"Getting a new halfback was probably a bit unsettling for the side, but he is only 18 there is a big future for him," he said.

Jones said prop Sam Hollis, from Windsor, was also a big factor for the team.

"He is a big boy and he keeps us going forward, and when he plays well the whole team plays well," he said.

Jones said the Sydney Shield team had been a little bit more settled, but would still face a tough game against Mounties.

"They will put up a good fight at home," he said.

"I think we've got a young side but old players in good positions - we have a good mix at the moment and if we can keep that side on the park it will good for us."

Starting line-up: 1. Raymond Lesoa 2. Andrew Cartisano 3. Jack Nelson 4. Aaron Farkas 5. Chris Aunese-Scanlan 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Sam Hollis 9. Sione Tonga 10. Ryan Tramonte (captain) 11. Corey Waddell 12. Shenelle Haumono 13. Dylan Fuad. Bench 14. Mario El Boustani 16. Hutch Maiava 17. Temata Rangi 18. Thompson Tuigamala. Coach: Brad Prior.

Starting line-up: 1. Lachlan Jackson 2. Jake Ennis 3. Marli Sini 4. Andrew Cartisano 5. Jahmarley Fumiaono 6. David Farkas 7. Brandon Smallwood 8. Jack Quealey 9. Luke Atchison (captain) 10. Guy Hodgins 11. Logan Geyer 12. Fairhouz Elkander 13. Kain Howarth. Bench: 14. Dean Barron 15. Carl Winterstien 16. Brandon Nangaiti 17. Jordan Stratton. Coach: Chris Boyd.

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