Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles suffered a 44-14 loss to Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Belmore Sportsground this afternoon in round eight of the Intrust Super Premiership NSW competition.
The Sea Eagles went into the game on the back of a morale boosting win over last year's grand finalists Wyong Roos last Saturday and were looking to record their fourth victory of the season.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring in the 11th minute when prop Renouf To'omaga carried several defenders in a powerful run to score next to the posts for a 6-0 lead.
Some nice support play by props Toff Sipley and Lloyd Perrett saw Sea Eagles draw level when lock Tom Amone scored next to the posts in the 19th minute.
Canterbury went to a 12-6 lead through a converted try to centre Lachlan Lewis before a penalty goal to the Bulldogs saw the home side stretch the lead to eight.
Blacktown Workers winger Tom Wright then scored the first of his two tries when he showed tremendous speed to race down the sideline to beat the cover defence after a kick by Canterbury five-eighth Josh
Cleeland was deflected and caught by Jonathan Wright to leave the Sea Eagles trailing 20-10 at half-time.
Wright then crossed for his second try when Tyler Cassell threw a desperate pass on the last tackle after the ball had been kicked twice earlier for the winger to dive over for a 20-14 scoreline.
However, from here on, it was all about the Bulldogs with the home side running in 24 unanswered points to record a comfortable victory in what was a disappointing performance from the Sea Eagles in the end.
Unfortunately for the Sea Eagles, Jonathan Wright suffered a hand injury in the loss. He will undergo scans in the next few days to determine the extent of the injury.
Blacktown Workers have a bye next weekend.
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
Rd 8: lost 44-14 to Bulldogs, Belmore Sportsground