Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles suffered a 40-30 loss to the Western Suburbs Magpies in round 14 of the NSW Cup today at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
Both sides went into the match just one competition point apart with Blacktown Workers in 11th position and the Magpies on the bottom of the ladder.
Blacktown Workers were boosted with the inclusion of Manly NRL squad players Jorge Taufua, Jamie Humphreys, Taniela Paseka, Kurt De Luis, Ethan Bullemor, Viliami Fifita, and Alec Tuitavake.
The Magpies opened the scoring in the ninth minute when centre Junior Pauga finished off a nice play to score in the corner. Half-back Zane Camroux converted from the sideline for a 6-0 lead.
Western Suburbs took a 10-0 lead when lock Fa’amanu Brown sliced through the defence to score next to the posts. Camroux converted for a 12-0 lead after 18 minutes.
The Magpies went to a 16-0 lead when hard running forward Aitasi James pushed off half-back Jamie Humphreys to score next to the posts. Camroux converted for an 18-0 lead with 15 minutes remaining.
The scoreline continued to blow out when the Magpies scored in the left corner through Israel Ogden for a 22-0 lead after 26 minutes.
Pauga then grabbed his second try when he finished off a backline raid to score in the corner in the 38th minute. Camroux converted for a 28-0 lead at half-time.
Blacktown Workers got on the board when Taufua crossed in the corner after some slick passing four minutes after half-time. Half-back Jamie Humphreys converted from the sideline for a 28-6 scoreline.
Wests Magpies then stretched it out to 34-6 when forward Junior Tupou beat an opponent one on one to score near the posts four minutes later.
Hard working Blacktown Workers lock Alex Tuitavake crossed for the team’s second try in the 60th minute for a 34-12 scoreline before Magpies hooker Jake Simpkin darted over from dummy half for a 40-12 lead with 15 minutes remaining.
Pauga was all set to score his third try five minutes later after a 60m run but dropped the ball in diving over the line.
Two minutes later, Blacktown Workers hooker James Segeyaro crashed over from dummy half for a 40-18 scoreline.
Segeyaro then produced another dart from dummy half to score his second try with two minutes remaining for a 40-24 scoreline.
A minute later, Segeyaro backed up some fine play to score his third try for the 40-30 scoreline.