A four-try performance from second-rower Jack Gosiewski has helped the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles maintain their unbeaten Intrust Super Premiership record, easily accounting for the Wentworthville Magpies 46-0 at Ringrose Park this afternoon.
With the temperature nudging 33 degrees at kick-off, both sides exchanged errors in the opening 10 minutes.
Blacktown struck first in the 10th minute when wide-running prop Taniela Paseka shrugged off three defenders, showing good pace to score the opening try. Joey Lussick converted to give the visitors a six-point lead.
The visitors then extended their lead five minutes later on the back of a Magpies turnover, when a sweetly-timed Lussick pass hit Gosiewski on the chest for the second-rower to score his first try almost untouched. Lussick converted to give Blacktown a 12-0 lead – which they held comfortably to the first drinks break which was taken after 23 minutes.
With Wentworthville dropping the ball regularly, completing at just 48%, it was only a matter of time before Blacktown extended their lead.
12 minutes from half-time, after yet another Wentworthville turnover, a deft grubber kick from Sea Eagles five-eighth Tom Wright saw winger Jade Anderson pounce in-goal to score his first try. Lussick again added the extras to give Blacktown an 18-0 lead.
Wentworthville then invited Blacktown downfield when they kicked the restart sailed out on the full. Five minutes from half-time, a clever switch of play from Wright to Manase Fainu saw the Sea Eagles’ hooker send Gosiewski over for his second.
Lussick converted to give Blacktown a commanding 24-0 half-time lead.
Both sides made line-breaks to start the second half without scoring, before Fainu scampered out of dummy-half to score in the 45th minute.
Blacktown were now breaking the Wentworthville defensive line at will – and after another long dummy-half break from Anderson, a pinpoint cross-field kick saw Gosiewski beat the cover defence to complete his hat-trick out wide.
Wentworthville maintained some possession for the next 10 minutes, but the visitors then completed the match in style on the back of more Magpies errors in the closing stages.
Another Wright short pass sent Gosiewski over for his fourth with 14 minutes remaining, before an outside-in pass from Frank Winterstein sent Wright racing away from the hapless Mapgies cover. The visitors then led 42-0.
Wright put the icing on the cake against a dispirited Magpies defence in the final minute, when his cross-field kick from a scrum saw Anderson score again in the corner, completing the emphatic 46-0 scoreline.
The Workers Sea Eagles will take on the Newtown Jets at HE Laybutt Fields next Sunday full of confidence, before the Magpies will look to bounce back against the Newcastle Knights at Ringrose Park on Sunday.
Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles 46 (Jack Gosiewski 4, Jade Anderson 2, Taniela Paseka, Manase Fainu, Tom Wright tries; Joey Lussick 5 goals) def Wentowrthville Magpies 0