Manly crush Western Sydney in Harold Matthews
On the charge... Full-back Albert Hopoate scored four tries in the big win over Western Sydney Academy of Sport at Lottoland today.
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles turned in a dominant performance to crush Western Sydney Academy of Sport 54-4 at Lottoland today in round three of the NSWRL Harold Matthews competition
In wet conditions, the Sea Eagles outclassed their opponents with some superb attacking flair and aggressive defence in a performance that will excite Manly supporters and make opposition sides very wary.
A week earlier, the Sea Eagles trounced South Sydney 54-8 in round two.
Full-back Albert Hopoate scored four first half tries to give the Sea Eagles a commanding 36-0 lead at half-time. Tom Latu, Jack Birt and Kaeo Weekes also scored first half tries. Half-back Riaihe Jacobs kicked four goals.
The second half was more of a struggle for the Sea Eagles with tries to Joshua Schuster, Daniel Ala and Weekes.
The second try of Weekes came off a great break by prop Viliami Fifita before the five-eighth showed his pace to beat the defence out wide to score behind the posts. Jacobs converted for the 54-4 scoreline.
Western Sydney Academy never gave in despite the scoreline and played with plenty of heart.
Round 3 Sea Eagles Harold Matthews team
1 Albert Hopoate
2 Tom Latu
3 Keegan Turner
5 Daniel Ala
20 Tapu Tupulotu
6 Kaeo Weekes
7 Riaihe Jacobs
8 Filimaua Filimaua-Tau
9 Jack Birt
10 Viliami Fifita
12 Joshua Schuster (c)
14 Jacob Ratcliff
13 Alec Tuitavake
15 Tyreece Matangi
16 Jai Vakai
17 Oliver Penu
19 Luke Rouland
Coach: Brett Fulton