Manly Warringah Sea Eagles recorded a 30-12 win over Gungahlin Bulls in an NYC trial match at Pittwater Park today.
The Bulls, co-coached by former NRL player Lincoln Withers, fielded an open age side for their first trial of the season. The Bulls play in the Group 8 competition with their season starting in April.
The match was the Sea Eagles’ final trial after a hit out against Cronulla Sharks last Sunday.
The Sea Eagles opened the scoring with a 90 metre try to winger Hutuana Coffin off an intercept pass from Gungahlin five-eighth Dale Cooper-Shields. Five-eighth Hutana Coffin converted for a 6-0 lead.
Luke Hall got the visitors on the scoreboard when he darted over from dummy half. Half-back Jack Scholes converted for a 6-6 scoreline.
Hooker Jon Bernard Karouiz showed a touch of pace when he swooped on some open space to score from 20 metres out for a 10-6 lead after 33 minutes.
Sea Eagles winger Mitch Thomas gave the home side a 14-6 lead at half-time after a break by second-rower Billy Bainbridge.
Some nice play saw big Jake Morrison score under the posts in the 54th minute. Coffin converted for a 20-6 lead to the Sea Eagles.
Lucas Price stretched the lead to 24-6 with a try in the right corner. Coffin converted for a 26-6 lead after 64 minutes.
The Bulls scored a late try through Kyle Smith, converted by Scholes for the 26-12 scoreline.
Sea Eagles lock Darcy Cox crossed on the full-time siren for a 30-12 victory.
SEA EAGLES NYC TEAM
1 JAYDEN EL JALKH 2 MITCH THOMAS 3 JESSE RAMIEN 4 BRAD PARKER 5 HARRY O’TOOLE 6 HUTANA COFFIN 7 CADE CUST 8 EDDI PAEALIKI 9 JON BERNARD KAROUIZ 10 ELIA FAATUI 11 BILLY BAINBRIDGE 12 JORDAN SIMS 13 DARCY COX INTERCHANGE 14 BRYCE ROCHE 15 MOSES MCGREAL 16 JOSH MARTIN 17 JAKE MORRISON 18 CAMERON DAVIS 21 HARLAN COLLINS, 22 CLINT MAGUIRE 23 LUCAS PRICE, COACH: CHAD RANDALL
1 DRURY LOW 2 MICHAEL SOLLIS 3 ROURKE O’SULLIVAN 4 DAVID HOWELL 5 BRAD SCHOLES 6 DALE COOPER-SHIELDS 7 JAKE SCHOLES 8 JACK ELLIOTT 9 BRAD WOOD 10 TUAKANA MUNOKOA 11 BRAD MARTIN 12 JESSE SMITH-SHIELDS 13 DAIN SMITH 14 NICK SAUER 15 KYLE SMITH 16 CHRIS O’SHANNESSY 17 BLAKE HILL 18 DANIEL BUITENDAM 19 ALEX EDWARDS 20 STEVE FADOULIS 21 JARROD SMALL 22 CODY SMITH 23 ALEX TIDEMAN 24 SHAUN GRAINGER 25 DWAYNE CONNORS CO-COACHES: LINCOLN WITHERS, DAVID HOWELL