Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles recorded an impressive 42-20 over South Sydney.

By Wayne Cousins

Missing six players from last week’s win over the Dragons after being promoted to the NRL team to cover injuries and Origin, Blacktown Workers fielded a team full of exciting youngsters under the captaincy of experienced NRL player Brad Parker at Accor Stadium.

It was Blacktown’s ninth win of the season, and their fourth by 20 points, under Coach Wayne Lambkin to move the Sea Eagles into sixth place subject to results.

Blacktown Workers were boosted by the return of full-back Clayton Faulalo, five-eighth Jamie Humphreys, second-rower Brad Parker and hooker Gordon Chan Kum Tong after they were named in the NRL extended squad earlier in week.

With several players in the NRL team combined with a heavy first grade injury injury toll, talented youngsters Oliver Lawry, Max Hayley, Broden Konz, Kylan Mafoa, and Devante Mihinui were promoted from the Jersey Flegg team to NSW Cup.

Blacktown Workers opened the scoring with a try to winger Watson Heleta for 6-0 lead after five minutes after five-eighth Jamie Humphreys converted from the sideline.

After allowing the ball to go over the sideline from the re-start, Souths crossed for a try with their first attack into Blacktown’s quarter through full-back Bayleigh Bentley-Hape for a 6-4 scoreline.

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South Sydney took an 8-6 lead after the ball was shifted left for winger Jude Saldanha to plant it down with one hand in the 14th minute. 

The Sea Eagles hit back when hooker Gordon Chan Kum Tong darted from dummy half to beat two defenders to score next to the posts for a 12-8 lead after 28 minutes.

Chan Kum Tong and Humphreys then combined to send half-back Tylor Bunting over next to the posts for an 18-8 lead after 34 minutes.

A loose pass from Souths saw Lawry race downfield before linking up with Humphreys who raced 40 metres to score in the corner for a 22-8 lead at half-time.

A drop ball by Souths from a kick saw Hayley score a minute after the break. Humphreys converted from the sideline for a 26-8 lead.

A left foot infield kick saw the ball sit up perfectly for Faulalo to score under the posts for a 32-8 lead after 48 minutes.

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A short kick off from Souths backfired when Chan Kum Tong caught the ball and raced over 50 metres to score in the corner. Humphreys converted for a 40-8 lead after 50 minutes.

Bentley-Hape and Saldanha then each scored their second try to make it 40-20 after 74 minutes.

Blacktown Workers 40 (Chan Kum Tong 2, Watson Heleta, Tylor Bunting, Jamie Humphreys, Max Hayley, Clayton Faulalo tries; Humphreys 7 goals) d South Sydney 20 (Bayleigh Bentley-Hape 2, Jude Saldanha tries; 2 goals).

Sea Eagles team

1 Clayton Faulalo, 2 Watson Heleta, 3 Brad Abbey, 4 Oliver Lawry, 5 Eparama Navale, 6 Jamie Humphreys, 7 Tylor Bunting, 8 James Uesele, 19 Gordon Chan Kum Tong, 10 Zane Dunford, 21 Brad Parker (c), 12 Max Hayley, 22 Ben Seufale; interchange 9 Kobe Rugless, 26 Kylan Mafoa, 23 Devante Mihinui, 11 Broden Konz; concussion sub 18 Jahoiyakim Afoa