NSW Cup Round 14 Match Report

NSW Cup Round 14 Match Report

A 20 point haul from five-eighth Jamie Humphreys has seen the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles record a convincing 36-16 win over the Newcastle Knights in the NSW Cup.

By Wayne Cousins

A 20 point haul from five-eighth Jamie Humphreys has seen the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles record a convincing 36-16 win over the Newcastle Knights in the NSW Cup.

Humphreys crossed for two tries and kicked six goals in the big round 14 win at the Newcastle Permanent Centre of Excellence on Sunday.

The match saw exciting young SG Ball half Tylor Bunting make his NSW Cup debut in a fine reward after the skillful half spent the pre-season training with the NRL squad.

Four first half tries to the Sea Eagles saw them take a 24-6 lead into the break with the Knights scoring their lone try right on half-time.

Humphreys opened the scoring in the fifth minute after he charged onto a pass from hooker Jake Simpkin to crash over for his own converted try for a 6-0 lead.

Five minutes later, Simpkin showed his NRL experience when he stepped and weaved his way from dummy half to score for a 12-0 lead after 11 minutes.

Prop Aitasi James then crashed over under the posts off a Simpkin pass for an 18-0 lead after as many minutes.

Ten minutes later, full-back Clayton Faulalo crossed for a 24-0 lead after seeing the ball fall into his arms from a fumble off a Humphreys crossfield kick.

The Knights then scored a length of the field try inside the final minute of the first half through winger Laitia Moceidreke after he started the play inside their own in-goal before backing up two team-mates to score to make it 24-6 at the break.

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A one-handed offload in traffic by former Manly player Fletcher Myers saw full-back Hayden Sutton cross for the first of his two tries to leave the Knights trailing 24-10 four minutes after the break.

The game continued to flow for the next 13 minutes before Sutton crossed for his second after swooping on a grubber kick to make it 24-16.

The Sea Eagles extended their lead to 30-16 in the 69th minute when winger Jaxson Paulo spectacularly pulled in a Humphreys kick with one hand to plant the ball down.

Humphreys then finished off the tryscoring when he timed his run to perfection to leap high to beat the full-back to score off a Bunting kick for the 36-16 win.

The win sees Blacktown Workers move into eight spot. They now play the sixth placed St George-Illawarra Dragons at HE Laybutt Field, Blacktown, on Sunday, June 16, at 3pm.

Blacktown Workers 36 (Jamie Humphreys 2, Jake Simpkin, Aitasi James, Clayton Faulalo, Jaxson Paulo tries; Humphreys 6 goals) d Newcastle Knights 16 (Hayden Sutton 2, Laitia Moceidreke tries; Will Pryce 2 goals).

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Dane Aukafolau signs

Dane Aukafolau signs

Dane Aukafolau signs

Dane brings a sizeable presence with him to Blacktown this year after moving from the outside backs to the second row.

Dane spent 2019 with the Manly Sea Eagles in a train and trial contract and impressed everyone at the club with his work ethic and natural ability. Now that Dane has moved to the edge he has been concentrating on his line running and defence as pillars for his game in 2021

Dane is an exciting prospect on 2021 for the Blacktown Workers.

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Raymond Tuaimalo Vaega signs

Raymond Tuaimalo Vaega signs

Raymond Tuaimalo Vaega signs

We are excited to announce the signing of Raymond Tuaimalo Vaega.

Raymond was born in Auckland NZ and is 20 years of age.

Raymond plays anywhere in the outside backs, however he is most devastating at centre. In full contact sessions during Pre season he has hit very hard in defence, similar to a young Steve Matai.

Ray has represented his country in the NZ residents team in 2019. The reason Raymond started playing rugby league was because he loved the ‘contact’ in league.

He has fond memories of all the lunch time games with his old school mates at Kelston Boys High School.

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Dylan Smith signs

Dylan Smith signs

Dylan Smith signs

The Blacktown Worker Sea Eagles have signed exciting young full back @dyl_smith99 for the 2021 season. Dylan spent the 2020 season in the Wests Tigers NRL bubble.

He is a talented fullback with great anticipation in attack, that is paired with a pin point passing game. He has a great attitude towards communicating with his team from the back in defence and continually demands more from his team mates.

Expect some big plays and games from Dylan in 2021.

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Tim Simona signs

Tim Simona signs

Tim Simona signs

Tim has played 79 NRL games for the Wests Tigers and represented Samoa in 5 test matches.

Tim has been working hard on the training paddock and helping the younger outside backs get better as players and people.

Tim has the desire and fire to return to his devastating best rugby league which saw him as one of the most exciting centres in the NRL.

Tim is also helping in the community working with a company called Homecaring. He works with disabled children and helps them be active, healthy and recover or rehabilitate to live an active lifestyle.

Tim has also been donating his time to the Salvation Army helping provide food and clothes to people who need assistance.

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Preseason Training update

Preseason Training update

Preseason Training update

Our Pre-Season started back on Monday 7th December with the player and staff induction night held at the Blacktown Workers Club. The players and staff in attendance were extremely excited and enthusiastic to commenced training after the 2020 NSW Cup season was cancelled.

Pre- Christmas the football and medical staff did a fantastic job in preparing the players to commence training and playing after a long lay off. Carly Samford and Shaun Galligher headed up the Medical and High Performance departments, which play an integral role in screening the players for injuries, imbalances in their bodies as well as the appropriate prescription of training for each player. 

The football coaching staff introduced the players back into the team training dynamic with competitive games, wrestling and defence sessions. We have focussed on the fundamental footballs skills of grip on the football, catch and pass, tackle, carrying the ball into contact and creating quick play the balls. The players have bought into the coaching staffs character building philosophy of working hard and doing the small components of training to the best of their abilities. ‘Make the line and don’t touch the poles.’

Post Christmas we have introduced some football strategy we believe suits our players style of play and have been integrating this strategy into our training with full team games that place players in a position where they can practice skills at game speeds.

The BWSE management team have been working over time to organise a safe environment for our players and staff in the current environment. Sonia Dorsett and Todd Darvall have organised an extremely effective Covid plan with players registering temperatures every training session before entering and following strict NSW Health protocols to ensure we continue training safely.

Brooke Barlow has completed the Covid check in for training and ensured a safe return to training for the workers. Sonia has also liaised with all players and helped players moving to the club or resigning at the club. Todd has been working overtime behind the scenes and we are excited to welcome Alex Hayman and the team from Alectrics Electrical Services who have come on as a new sponsor in 2021 and has purchased new tackle bags for the football department.

Gorilla Digital Marketing are also a new sponsor in 2021, we cannot wait to announce what Chief Silverback Andrew McKee and the team have been working on behind the scenes stay tuned!!

The Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles will continue building towards a big season for the football club on and off the field. We have big goals in 2021 and are all working relentlessly towards them. I would like to thanks all staff for their tireless efforts and support thus far.

Matt Ballin

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