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Manly Co-Captains  Lili Boyle (left) and Matisse Bettridge with Coach Keith Hanley

It's not everyday a coach says there's still room for improvement after his team wins 52-0.

But that was the case for respected Coach Keith Hanley after witnessing his Tarsha Gale Cup team put St George Dragons to the sword at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah, last Saturday.

In a sheer dominant performance, the Sea Eagles U19s women's team ran in four converted tries to lead 24-0 at half-time before running in six second half tries in their first game of the season following a round one bye.

“It was a nice start but we still have got a fair bit of work to do around just understanding why we are good,'' Hanley said.

“We have just got to get a little bit smarter with our pass selection and things like that in attack, and defensively, just try and be a little tighter in and around the marker."

Too strong....there was no way through for the Dragons against the Sea Eagles at Kogarah
Too strong....there was no way through for the Dragons against the Sea Eagles at Kogarah ©St George Dragons

Krystal Weekes, the sister of former Manly NRL player Kaeo Weekes, came off the interchange bench to score a hat-trick such is the strength and talent of this side.

Hanley praised Chelsea Smyth for her versality to be able to shift between full-back and hooker when needed.

"Chelsea started at full-back and her kick returns were really, really good. When we put her it at nine and Krystal at full-back because we wanted to play fast, Chelsea gave us the ability to do that on the back of some decent play the ball,'' Hanley added.

“Krystal is normally a half but we like the option she gives us at full-back. She is a good little link, so there is quite a bit to like about her."

The Sea Eagles now have their eyes set on taking on the winless South Sydney Rabbitohs at Mascot Oval on Sunday, February 18. Kick-off 2.30pm.

See the Sea Eagles team here to play Souths

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