Manly Warringah Sea Eagles suffered a 38-26 loss to Wyong Roos at Campbelltown Sports Stadium today in round 15 of the NSW Cup.
The Sea Eagles went into the game looking for their third straight win and were in the contest for most of the match but just couldn’t break through in the end.
Winger Delroy Berrryman opened the scoring for the Sea Eagles in the second minute when he dived over in the corner to score for a 4-0 lead. The try was not converted.
Wyong hit back five minutes later when half-back Tyler Cornish stepped, weaved and then dived over for a try next to the posts. He converted his own try for a 6-4 scoreline.
The Roos went to a 10-4 lead when Lagi Setu scored. Cornish converted for a 10-4 lead after 13 minutes.
Wyong continued to dominate field possession and jumped to a 22-4 lead after 27 minutes through consecutive tries to Kieran Gallagher and Abraham Papalii. Cornish converted both tries.
The Sea Eagles hit back when second-rower Michael Chee Kam swooped on a grubber kick to score. Kurt Aldridge converted to leave them trailing 22-10 after 33 minutes.
Four minutes later, Berryman intercepted a pass on his own line to race 95 metres to score his second try. Aldridge converted the try to leave the Sea Eagles trailing 22-16 at half-time.
Wyong jumped out to a 26-16 lead before the Sea Eagles rallied and got back to 26-all after 65 minutes through a double to winger Ben Fritz. His second came off some smart play from Jayden Hodges.
Just when the Sea Eagles looked set to keep the momentum going, Chee Kam was unluckily caught offside from a deflected grubber kick. Wyong converted from close range for a 28-26 lead with six minutes remaining.
Wyong then went on to score three more tries in as many minutes to win 38-26.
The loss leaves the Sea Eagles on 12 points in 10th position subject to weekend results.
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles play Newtown at Henson Park next Saturday, June 27, at 3pm.