Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles will be out to record their first win of the season against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in an exciting Monday Night Football clash.
The Sea Eagles will tackle the Bulldogs at 7pm at HE Laybutt Field, Blacktown, and head into the round three match on the back of a bye last weekend.
Blacktown Workers Coach Nathan Hogan said the 24-4 loss to Penrith at Panthers Stadium in the opening round didn’t reflect the effort of the players considering the team had three trial matches cancelled due to covid and wet weather.
“The boys really tried to dig in and put their best foot forward. The Panthers had 11 sets of six more than us, so we spent a lot of time in defence but we did show some good resilience there,’’ Hogan said.
“We are building as a squad as we continue to work on all of our combinations, and we will be looking to take those positives out of the Penrith game into this week.”
Canterbury sit in second place on the ladder with two wins from two matches, including a last round 48-12 win over Canberra.
The Bulldogs piled on 36 unanswered points in the second half after the scores were locked 12-all at half-time.
“There are some familiar faces there in former Blacktown players in hooker Zach Dockar-Clay and prop Philip Makatoa, who played for us last year and got an opportunity to go across to the Bulldogs on a train and trial contract,'' Hogan said.
“They have definitely got talent across the park so it will be a good challenge for us.”
Blacktown Workers will also now have Toff Sipley, Morgan Boyle, Tolu Koula, Jorge Taufua, Alec Tuitavake, Christian Tuipulotu and James Roumanos available for selection after they dropped out of the NRL team for last night's match at 4 Pines Park.
Rd 3 NSW Cup
Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles vs Bulldogs
Monday, March 28
HE Laybutt Field, Blacktown, 7pm