IT was a close game between the Windsor Wolves and Wentworthville Magpies on Sunday at Centrebet Stadium, but after some poor defence the Wolves lost 46-42.
The point scoring spree began in the third minute when a Chris Sandow cut-out pass allowed his winger Dylon Gilbert to get the better of Eto Nabuli to score out wide. The Magpies continued to dominate and after just 11 minutes they held a 16-0 lead.
The Wolves, who lacked any meaningful possession from kickoff, were further punished for a soft attitude in defence when the Magpies scored again out wide.
Sandow missed the conversion but in the next set winger Dominic Reardon scored in the left corner and despite Sandow missing three out of five conversions, Wentworthville led 24-0 midway through the first half.
Windsor scored their first try against the run of play when Bryce Cartwright swooped on a loose pass and ran 40 metres to score under the posts.
Thanks to some decent possession and equally poor defence from the Magpies, Windsor scored another three tries in seven minutes to level the scores, but by half-time Wentworthville had regained a 30-24 lead.
The Wolves weren't off to a good second half, allowing Wentworthville's Kenny Edwards to stroll through their defence on halfway before dummying to the fullback to score under the posts.
The scores were levelled once more when Luke Capewell strolled through the Magpies defence from 15 metres out, until minutes later when Wentworthville scored again to lead 42-36.
With just seven minutes remaining, a try by Windsor locked the score at 42-all until an error in the next set saw the Magpies score the winning try in the dying minutes of the game.
After the game, coach Garth Brennan questioned the attitude of his team after another inept defensive display that has seen 84 points leaked in the past two games.
Wentworthville 46 (Tries: Reardon 3, McKenzie 2, Gilbert, Herekotukutuku, McKinnon, Edwards. Goals: Sandow 4/7 Pewhairangi 1/2) def Windsor 42 (Tries: Capewell 2, Cartwright, Anderson, Moseley, Robinson, Nabuli. Goals: Naiqama 7/7).