Manly beat Devils 44-4 in NSW Cuip trial
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles recorded a strong 44-4 victory over Western Suburbs Devils at Pittwater Park today in a NSW Cup trial.
The Devils are coached by former NRL, NSW and Australian half-back Brett Kimmorley and play in the Illawarra competition.
In an incredible first half, the Sea Eagles stamped their dominance in the forwards with winger Halauafa Lavaka scoring four tries to help the home side to a 26-0 lead at half-time.
Fellow winger Fabian Goodall opened the scoring for the Sea Eagles when he finished off a backline play for a 4-0 lead before Lavaka grabbed his first in the opposite corner for an 8-0 scoreline.
A few minutes later, Lavaka crossed for his second try for a 12-0 lead. It became 16-0 when back-rower Liam Knight used his strength to bust through a few defenders to score behind the posts. The try was converted by Nicho Hynes for an 18-0 lead.
Lavaka then scored the next two tries for the 26-0 lead at half-time.
It was more of the same from the Sea Eagles early in the second half with Lavaka grabbing his fifth try for a 30-0 lead.
Forward Addin Fonua Blake scored a converted try under the posts for a 36-0 lead before Wests Devils got on the board with a try to prop Greg Reh.
Brayden Wiliame then got the Sea Eagles to 40 points with a try in the right corner for a 40-4 scoreline.
Lavaka then knocked back a crossfield klick on the last for Goodall to score his second try for a 44-4 scoreline after 77 minutes.
Manly NSW Cup team
1 Peter Schuster 2 Halauafa Lavaka 3 Brayden Wiliame 4 Tony Satini 5 Fabian Goodall, 6 Tim Moltzen 7 Nicho Hynes 8 Siosaia Vave 9 Pita Godinet 10 Luke Burgess 11 Dylan Kelly, 12 Rhys Armstrong 13 Liam Knight; interchange 14 Daniel Vasek 15 James Tuitahi 16 Kareel Phillips 17 Addin Fonua-Blake 18 Ben Fritz 20 Ezra Howe; Coach Luke Williamson