Mounties book their place in elimination semi-final

Rugby league action in the NSW Cup where Mounties (black) are taking on Cronulla (blue). Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby league action in the NSW Cup where Mounties (black) are taking on Cronulla (blue). Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby league action in the NSW Cup where Mounties (black) are taking on Cronulla (blue). Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby league action in the NSW Cup where Mounties (black) are taking on Cronulla (blue). Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby league action in the NSW Cup where Mounties (black) are taking on Cronulla (blue). Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby league action in the NSW Cup where Mounties (black) are taking on Cronulla (blue). Picture: Simon Bennett

HAT-TRICKS to Wayne Dargan and Sami Sauiluma have helped Mounties to secure fifth place on the NSW Cup ladder with a 38-24 win against Cronulla on Saturday.

Down 12-0 early, the black and golds stormed back into the contest on the back of a vintage performance from Terry Campese (pictured left) who had a hand in three tries and kicked five goals.

Sauiluma's three tries propelled him to the top of the NSW Cup try-scorers tally, with 19.

Mounties have booked a date with the New Zealand Warriors in an elimination semi-final at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday at 2pm.

In the Ron Massey Cup, Mounties had to settle for second place after defeating Auburn 30-18 at the weekend.

Mounties, who finished equal-first on 29 points, will play third-placed Asquith Magpies for a place in the preliminary final at Lidcombe Oval on Saturday at 3pm.

In their two clashes this year, Asquith won a tight affair in round 4; the teams drew 28-all in round 15.

Meanwhile, Cabramatta will play the Auburn Warriors in a Ron Massey Cup elimination final at Lidcombe Oval on Saturday at 1.30pm.

The in-form Two Blues won their third-straight game against the fourth-placed Entrance Tigers 42-18 to secure fifth place on the ladder.

Winger Luke Lavendar and halfback Saxon Fischer-Gray were the best on ground and combined for five tries to give the injury-plagued team their sixth win from their past eight starts.

They could also be boosted by the return of several players this week.

"There is a great feeling of belief in both our squads and one thing is for sure, we are starting to fire at the right end of the year," coach Jason Williams said.

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