Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles recorded a 28-all draw with the Western Suburbs Magpies at Leichhardt Oval today in a NSW Cup trial.
The Sea Eagles scored some fine tries in the opening 40 minutes for a 22 point lead at half-time before the Magpies rallied in the second half to claim the draw.
The Magpies attacked the Sea Eagles quarter in the opening minute but a last tackle grubber kick went dead in the second minute.
Two minutes later, the Sea Eagles opened the scoring when winger Kane Allan swooped on a short grubber kick from five-eighth Brad Keighran to score near the posts. Keighran converted for a 6-0 lead after five minutes.
The Sea Eagles were almost in again after a long break down the left side by centre Tim Simona before a kick inside was regathered by Keighran, Two plays later, a cut out pass to Allan saw him unmarked but a Magpies player forced the ball over the sideline.
Allan was not to be denied two minutes later when he took an intercept pass from Magpies five-eighth Joe Taipiri to race 30 metres untouched. Keighran converted for a 12-0 lead after 11 minutes.
The Magpies got on the board in the 19th minute when prop Ky Rodwell crashed over under the posts after being held up three tackles earlier. Half-back Tyler Field converted the try for a 12-6 lead.
Blacktown Workers quickly extended their lead with a try to full-back John Fonua scored near the posts. Keighran converted for a 16-6 lead after 24 minutes.
Two minutes later, the Sea Eagles were in again when hooker Denzal Tonise crashed over out wide. Keighran failed to convert the try for a 22-6 lead.
Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles lock Reed Izzard swooped on the ball from a short grubber kick that bounced off the posts to score. Keighran converted for a 28-6 lead with four minutes to half-time.
The Sea Eagles conceded a soft try four minutes after half-time when Magpies second-rower Tom Freebairn stepped past the defence to score next to the posts. Field converted for a 28-12 scoreline.
The Magpies then shifted the ball left through several sets of hands for winger Ali Allouche to score in the left corner in the 55th minute for a 28-16 scoreline. The try was not converted.
The Sea Eagles were then forced to soak up some pressure on their line and did well defensively to hold up a Magpies player out wide with 18 minutes remaining.
Three minutes later, the Magpies bombed a tryscoring chance when a bad support pass when to ground 20 metres out from the line.
The Magpies were then denied a try in the right corner on a forward pass call.
Western Suburbs full-back Tyronne Roberts-Davis scored near the posts with three minutes remaining. The try was converted for the 28-22 scoreline.
The Magpies snatched a draw from a kick and regather to score under the posts in the final seconds for the 28-all draw.