Four tries from quality young full-back Tom Trbojevic saw Manly Warringah Sea Eagles record a crushing 36-16 victory over the Warriors at Holden Cup today.
'Turbo' Trbojevic put on a superb show of skill and electrifying speed at Mt Smart Stadium to record the great personal milestone in a match. He is simply too classy for the U20s competition.
Together with former prop turned centre Addison Demetriou, the Sea Eagles produced easily their best attacking performance of the season to join the Warriors on 23 competition points to remain in sixth place.
The Sea Eagles opened the scoring in the 21st minute when Trbojevic sliced through a hole to send half-back Nicho Hynes over for a try. Hooker Hugh Pratt converted for a 6-0 lead.
Trbjoveic showed his electrifying pace when he flew down the right edge to score for a 10-0 lead. Pratt converted for a 12-0 lead after 37 minutes.
‘The Steamroller’ Demetriou then bulldozed his way through four defenders before offloading for Trbojevic to score his second try under the posts a minute later. Pratt converted to give the Sea Eagles an 18-0 lead at half-time.
The second half was just three minutes old when Trbojevic swooped on a loose pass to race 90 metres to score his third try. Pratt failed to convert for a 22-0 lead after 44 minutes.
Demetriou got in on the tryscoring act when he just used his sheer strength to dive over frim dummy half. Pratt converted for a 28-0 lead.
Trbojevic then swooped on a loose pass to race 95 metres to score his fourth try. Pratt converted for a 34-0 lead.
The Warriors opened their account when second-rower Ofahiki Ogden ran an angle to score out wide. Five-eighth Mikaere Beattie converted to leave the home side trailing 34-6 after 58 minutes.
Two minutes later, the Warriors got their second try when right centre Marata Niukore dived over. Captain Will Pearsall challenged the call through the video referee but was overruled. Beattie failed to convert for a 34-10 scoreline in favour of the visitors.
Pratt stretched the lead to 36-10 in the 62nd minute when he converted a penalty goal from in front of the posts.
The Warriors scored a consolation try inside the final minute to lock Jazz Tevaga. The try was converted for the 36-16 scoreline.