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Hat-trick for Ben Condon in strong Blacktown win

A hat-trick of tries to second-rower Ben Condon saw Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles record a convincing 26-14 win over St George-Illawarra Dragons on Sunday in round 15 of The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup.

Condon crossed for two first half tries before securing victory late with his third try at HE Laybutt Field, Blacktown, after the Sea Eagles led 16-6 at the break.

He also finished with three line breaks and six tackle breaks for 96 metres off 11 runs.

The Dragons opened the scoring through centre Benjamin Johnson after second-rower Dylan Egan brushed past five-eighth Jamie Humphreys for a 6-0 lead after 13 minutes.

Condon grabbed the first of his three tries five minutes later when he steamed onto a flat pass near the posts from hooker Gordon Chan Kum Tong to make it 6-4.

NSW Cup Sea Eagles v Dragons - Round 15

The Sea Eagles took a 10-6 lead into half-time after Humphreys delivered a crisp pass for Condon to stroll over for his second in the 34th minute.

The home side extended their lead to 16-6 through a converted try to full-back Clayton Faulalo after he stumbled his way to the line from a scrum win and a good offload from winger Jaxson Paulo.

Tryscoring full-back Clayton Faulalo was a constant threat to the Dragons
Tryscoring full-back Clayton Faulalo was a constant threat to the Dragons ©Andrew Bateup Photography

A short drop out from the Dragons saw the ball land into the arms of Blacktown Workers winger Watson Heleta who strolled over for an easy try in the 61st minute for a 20-6 lead.

Four minutes later, the Dragons caught the Sea Eagles short on their right edge for centre Sione Finau  to cross for a 20-10 scoreline.

Jubilation....Ben Condon celebrates his hat-trick
Jubilation....Ben Condon celebrates his hat-trick ©Andrew Bateup Photography

Condon then sealed victory for the Sea Eagles when he spun and turned his way in a tackle to score his third for a 26-10 lead.

The Dragons then crossed through five-eighth Lyhkan King-Togia for a 26-14 scoreline with seven minutes left but it wasn’t enough to reign in the Sea Eagles.

Blacktown Workers have won four of their past six games under Coach Wayne Lambkin to sit eighth on 16 points.

They now play the 11th placed South Sydney on Saturday, June 22, at Accor Stadium at 5.10pm in the curtain raiser to the NRL match.


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