Manly team to play Illawarra in Harold Matthews semi-final

Strong game...five-eighth Kaeo Weekes scored two tries in the win over Central Coast last Saturday. Photo: Bryden Sharp.

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles will play Illawarra Steelers in the Harold Matthews Semi Final on Saturday, April 22, in the NSWRL competition.

The match kicks off at 1.30pm at Belmore Sports Ground.

The Sea Eagles advanced to the semi-finals following a crushing 48-6 win over Central Coast Roosters in the elimination quarter final at Hammondville Oval last Saturday.

Ben Trbojevic scored three tries in the win with five-eighth Kaeo Weekes crossing for a double.

Illawarra go into the semi-final on the back of a 40-30 loss to undefeated minor premiers Newcastle. The Steelers finished the regular season in fourth place with six wins from eight matches.

The Sea Eagles finished the regular season in fifth place with six wins from eight games.

Manly full-back Albert Hopoate is the competition’s joint leading tryscorer with 13 tries.

Quarter final: Manly Sea Eagles 48 (B Trbojevic 3, K Weekes 2, U Tuipulotu, J Schuster, D Ala, A Hopoate tries; D Ala 6 goals) def Central Coast Roosters 6 (H Packham try; C Fenning goal)

Sea Eagles team

1 Albert Hopoate

2 Armani Biddle

3 Keegan Turner

4 Ben Trbojevic

5 Uluaki Tuipulotu

6 Kaeo Weekes

7 Daniel Ala

8 Filimaua Filimaua Tau

9 Jack Birt

10 Alec Tuitavake

11 Jacob Ratcliff

12 Joshua Schuster (C)

13 Levi Moger

Interchange

14 Luke Rouland

15 Tyreece Matangi

16 Viliami Fifita

17 Jai Vakai

18 Angus O’Donnell

19 Cooper Wood

20 Riaihe Jacobs

Coach: Brett Fulton