Tries, tries and those damn statistics

A HISTORIC finals berth for Mounties in their inaugural season in the NSW Cup more than likely rests on the shoulders of the Windsor Wolves.

Mounties are ninth on 28 points after a scrappy 64-22 win against Western Suburbs.

With one round left, they need results to go their way to make the top eight (see above).

The first piece of the puzzle is they must defeat the second-placed North Sydney Bears at home on Saturday.

If they do that, they need either the Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers (eighth, 28 points) or Illawarra Cutters (sixth, 29 points) to lose.

The seventh-placed Newtown Jets (29 points) have qualified for the finals courtesy of their round-26 bye.

With Balmain Ryde playing the winless Western Suburbs, a Cutters loss to the third-placed Wolves seems the more plausible option.

But Mounties coach Steve Ghosn is only focussed on defeating Norths.

"All we can do is concentrate on our game. North Sydney are a good team and we need to be at our best to beat them. If we win, then we will look at the other results," Ghosn said.

Meanwhile, Cabramatta must defend their Bundaberg Red Cup title from fifth place after losing to Windsor 18-10. They play St Johns Eagles in a sudden-death finals match on Saturday at New Era Stadium, kick off 1pm.

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