2020 NRL Schoolboy Cup: Semi Final Previews

HILLS SPORTS HIGH SCHOOL V WESTFIELDS SPORTS HIGH SCHOOL

Wednesday, November 4, 11am, Bankwest Stadium.

Both Hills and Westfields were tested in the quarterfinals.

Hills had to claw themselves out of a 16-point deficit to beat Holy Cross College in a thriller at Ringrose Park.

And Westfields – stopping two potential match-winning tries in the last two minutes – managed to hold off a St Dominic’s College comeback.

Westfields’ Carson Kaho pulls off a try-saving tackle in the quarterfinals.Source:News Corp Australia

It wasn’t pretty but both schools dug deep to earn their spot in the semis.

On Wednesday, Hills and Westfields will be looking to better execute their game plans and up the intensity.

“It wasn’t our strongest performance against Holy Cross, full credit to them, they’re a tremendous team,” Hills coach Scott Jones said.

“Setting ourselves into such a big hole that we had to dig ourselves out of, it shows great resilience, it’s a showing of character.”

“We’ve just been looking at our own backyard, because we were far from our best.”

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Despite the wet weather and HSC examination period, Westfields coach Troy Weeden said his boys were feeling positive heading into the contest.

“The boys are excited, they all know each other, a lot of kids play junior reps together at Parramatta,” Weeden said.

“We did better in our second game (against St Dominic’s College) so we weren‘t too disappointed, even though it got a bit tight towards the end. I think we’re on the right track,” Weeden said.

“The boys know the mistakes they’re making and they’re working pretty hard to correct them … working on the basic skills, catch and pass, defensively I think we’ve been okay, I think it’s more the errors with the ball, so that’s been the focus.”

Hills Sports’ Luron Patea, breaks through the Holy Cross defence.Source:News Corp Australia


LAST TIME THEY MET:

Westfields 54 v Hills 14 (2019)

Hills SHS

National titles won: 2

NSW titles won: 2

Notable NRL alumni: Wade Graham, Jorge Taufua, Oregon Kaufusi, Jeremy Marshall-King, Addin Fonua-Blake, Reagan Campbell-Gillard, Dylan Brown, Shawn Blore, Tom Amone, Peni Terepo

2020 Schoolboy Cup results: Defeated Holy Cross College (26-24), defeated Chifley College (58-4)

2020 tries: 15

2020 try scorers: Mocevakaca (4), Daniel Reardon(2), Mikey Tannous (2), Drew Lloyd, Tevita Petelo, Blake Metcalfe, Joshua, Adam Runchel, Siaosi Kaliti, Taylor Mauala, Siaosi Fekito.

Westfields SHS

National titles: 1

NSW titles: 3

Notable NRL alumni: David Klemmer, Moses Suli, Jarryd Hayne, Issac Luke, David Fifita, Tommy Talau, Brandon Wakeham, Jason Saab, Blake Green, Tony Williams.

2020 Schoolboy Cup results: Defeated St Dominic’s College (16-12), defeated Patrician Brothers Fairfield (20-12)

2020 tries: 7

2020 try scorers: Carson Kaho, Caleb Kirikiti, Semisi-Taufui Lavulo, Caleb Tohi, Solomone Saukuru, Ashton Kolinisau, Justin Matamua.

The 2020 NRL Schoolboy Cup NSW Grand Final will be held at 2pm on Wednesday, November 11 at Leichhardt Oval 2:00pm.

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Originally published asCan Hills hit their stride against Westfields?

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