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Blacktown look to bounce back

Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles Coach Steven Hales is looking for better execution from his team against the Warriors in Auckland tomorrow.

The Sea Eagles lost their second straight game last weekend to now be two wins from five matches. A fortnight ago, the team was on top of the Intrust Super Premiership NSW ladder but have since slipped back to seventh position.

Blacktown Workers lost 28-12 at home to Wentworthville Magpies last Sunday, the same team they beat 46-0 in round two.

“It was a really disappointing performance. We really failed to nail our key moments and we were beaten in that area,’’ Hales said.

“We came up against a very desperate Wentworthville side that was reeling from the last time when we played.

“They were out to make a real statement and we didn’t match the enthusiasm. The opportunities we did have, we didn’t take them.”

Blacktown Workers flew out of Sydney this morning for their match against the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.

Hales said the trip to Auckland came at a perfect time for his team.

“The message this week is there needs to be a response. Good footy sides, they don’t always play to their best of ability but they definitely have a response to that,’’ he said.

“Energy and execution are the two focus points for us this week.

“We see our trip over there as a positive in that we are able to go away and spend some time together.

“There has been some injuries up top with first grade and there has been a fair bit of change with our team, so it will be good to get away and have a bit of team bonding.

“To be able spend two whole days together will be very beneficial.”

The Warriors sit in ninth position with two wins also from their five games and go into the match on the back of a 32-0 loss to Western Suburbs Magpies last weekend.

“The Warriors have a wealth of NRL experience and with a parochial home crowd there watching them before the first grade game, they will be looking to bounce back,’’ Hales said.

“There will be two desperate footy sides out there and we will have to play very well.”

Rd 6 Intrust Super Premiership NSW

Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles v Warriors

Mt Smart Stadium, Saturday, April 14

Kick-off: 2.45pm (NZ), 12.45pm (AEST)


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