Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles recorded a 24-4 loss to Penrith Panthers in the opening round of the NSW Cup in Penrith on Saturday.
The Sea Eagles fielded a quality side with Manly NRL squad players Kaeo Weekes, Christian Tuipulotu, Jorge Taufua, Morgan Boyle, Alec Tuitavake, and Andrew Davey added to new Coach Nathan Hogan’s team.
Blacktown Workers went into the game without a trial match after all three games were cancelled, two to wet weather and one due to covid, leaving the team underdone in terms of match fitness against one of the NSW Cup’s heavyweights.
The pleasing news for Sea Eagles supporters was the successful return of Andrew Davey from an ACL injury. Davey’s hard work and determination in rehab paid off to with the second-rower scoring Blacktown’s only try of the game.
The Sea Eagles got off to a slow start with Penrith opening the scoring in the 16th minute through a try to half-back Kurt Falls after beating four defenders. Falls converted his own try for a 6-0 lead.
Penrith took a 10-0 lead into half-time after centre Robert Jennings found open space to race away to score in the 32nd minute.
Three minutes after half-time, hooker Soni Luke darted over after the defence fell for a classic dummy. Falls converted the try for a 16-0 lead.
The home side went further ahead eight minutes later when full-back Sunia Turuva beat several defenders in a great run from a pass by Jennings for a commanding 20-0 lead.
The Sea Eagles finally got on the board when half-back Eiden Ackland threw a lovely cut out pass for Davey to score in the corner n the 58th minute.
Penrith completed the scoring with a try to winger Thomas Jenkins five minutes later for the 24-4 win.
Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles have a bye next weekend before playing the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at 4 Pines Park on Sunday, March 27, at 4pm.