ISP Preview - Round 8

Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles Coach Stephen Hales says the strong win over last year's grand finalists, Wyong Roos, will give his men plenty of extra confidence moving forward.

The Sea Eagles overcame a 12-0 deficit early in the first half to run out convincing 32-16 winners at Berkeley Vale Oval last Saturday.

The win ended a three game losing streak for Blacktown Workers after a strong start to the season that saw the Sea Eagles record a draw and two victories.

"Wyong are a quality side. They were last year's minor premiers and grand finalists so we knew it was going to be a tough one,'' Hales said.

"We made it hard for ourselves early. It was really pleasing to see the resolve of the boys to go out there and play through tough times and come out the right side of it."

In what was a fiery encounter in the second half, Hales said the team's composure certainly came into play after the Roos resorted to some niggling and cheap talk tactics as the Sea Eagles gained the upper hand.

"Our discipline was a lot better. Having guys like Frank Winterstein and Lewis Brown in the side with their professionalism, talk, and leadership helps with those kind of things,'' Hales said.

"We were very composed and it was the first time we have won a penalty count this year.

"Their leadership really flowed onto the rest of the boys. It was very pleasing and a real test against a quality opposition and a testing crowd. They are very parochial up there so to take the two points home was very satisfying.

"That type of win you can launch your season off. To be down 12-0 in a hostile environment, and then to turn that around and win the way we did is very pleasing. The boys should take a lot of confidence from it."

The Sea Eagles, who have played in Auckland and Wyong over the past fortnight, now travel to Belmore to tackle the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs this Saturday.

The Bulldogs head into the game on the back of a 22-20 loss to Newtown Jets at Belmore. They sit in fifth place with three wins from seven games.

"It is important we put back to back performances together this Saturday,'' Hales said.

"We don't want to be a side that is on one week and off the next."

Round 8 Intrust Super Premiership

Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles vs Canterbury Bulldogs
Belmore Sportsground
Saturday, April 28
Kick-off: 3.15pm (Live on Fox Sports).

Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles season

Rd 1: drew 28-all with Newcastle, McDonald Jones Stadium


Rd 2: beat Wentworthville Magpies 46-0, Ringrose Park

Rd 3: beat Newtown 28-16, HE Laybutt Field

Rd 4: lost 26-6 to Mounties, Lottoland

Rd 5: lost to Wentworthville Magpies 28-12, HE Laybutt Field

Rd 6: lost 34-4 to New Zealand Warriors, Mt Smart Stadium

Rd 7: beat Wyong Roos 32-16, Berkeley Vale Oval

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