Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles recorded a 30-22 victory over South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium today in round 17 of the Canterbury Cup.
The match saw centre Tim Simona make his debut for Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles. It was the Sea Eagles' third win of the season.
The Sea Eagles opened the scoring in the second minute when prop Andy Saunders crashed over next to the posts. It came on the back of a repeat set for the Sea Eagles after the Rabbitohs full-back Corey Allan spilt a bomb from Kane Elgey. Elgey converted the try for a 6-0 lead.
Allan made up for his mistake when he showed his speed to brush past Trent Hodkinson to score in the left corner in the 11th minute. Winger Mawene Hiroti failed to convert the try.
Three minutes later, the Rabbitohs caught the Sea Eagles on the blind side for winger Leigh Higgins to score in the right corner. Hiroti converted from the sideline for a 10-6 lead to South Sydney.
The Sea Eagles hit back in he the 18th minute when winger Tevita Funa showed his pace to split the defence to send winger Abbas Miski over for a try for a 10-all scoreline. Elgey converted for a 12-10 lead.
Some sheer determination and skill saw hooker Zach Dockar-Clay score in the 27th minute after picking up a loose pass to score. Elgey converted to give the Sea Eagles an 18-10 lead.
Three minutes later, Funa used his strength to crash over out wide off a good offload and run from forward Tony Williams. Elgey failed to convert the try for a 22-10 lead.
Elgey then converted a 35 metre penalty goal after the half-time siren to give the Sea Eagles a 24-10 lead at the break.
Half-time Sea Eagles 24 Rabbitohs 10
The Sea Eagles lost Hodkinson almost immediately after half-time when he left the field with an arm injury.
South Sydney then pulled one back with a second try in the corner to Higgins for a 24-14 scoreline. The try was not converted.
The Rabbitohs then went in again in the 62nd minute through half-back Blake Taafe to trail a 24-18 scoreline before Hiroti scored five minutes later for a 24-22 scoreline.
The Sea Eagles then scored a try in the final seconds to winger Alfred Smalley. Elgey converted for a 30-22 win over the second placed Rabbitohs.
Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles vs North Sydney Bears
North Sydney Oval, Sunday, July 21, 1.10pm.