Round 18: NSW Cup Match Report

It was Wenty by plenty on Saturday afternoon as the Wentworthville Magpies scored a 20-10 victory over the Manly Sea Eagles at Parramatta Stadium.


Heading into the final weeks of the season, both the Magpies and Sea Eagles will be battling with the likes of the Illawarra Cutters for a finals spot, and it was Wenty who stamped its authority on their round eighteen face off.


Manly opened the match with a four-pointer and kept the Magpies scoreless for thirty-nine minutes, but thanks to a clean offload from Ken Edwards and a neat put-down by Dylon Gilbert on the wing, the Magpies found themselves on the board just before halftime.


With Jake Mullaney stepping into the injured Jarryd Hayne's usual fullback jersey for the Parramatta Eels, Charlie Herekotukutuku was in fine form in attack as the Magpies' number one.


The Sea Eagles brought out some bruising defence, but Herekotukutuku's evasiveness with the ball was a big boost for the Wenty side.


The Magpies opened the second-half scoring through Takai Moeakiola, and held their lead before slicing through the Manly line twice in less than ten minutes to extend it.


Holden Cup second-rower Sean Jackson hit the pass from Herekotukutuku, offloading neatly in the tackle to send new face Manu Ma'u across with just 8 minutes on the clock.


And Matt Hunt followed Ma'u's effort with an impressive four-pointer right under the posts.


With five-eighth Brendan Waters slotting two from four goals, the Magpies had the match locked up at 20-6, and a breakaway try to the Sea Eagles' Jackson Williams in the dying seconds was slight consolation for the Manly side.


Wentworthville Magpies - 20 (Gilbert, Moeakiola, Ma'u, Hunt. Goals: Waters 2/4)

Manly Sea Eagles - 10 (Farrah, Wiliams. Chisholm: 1/2)