Junior Roosters soar past Sea Eagles
The Roosters Holden Cup side have recorded a 46-24 win over the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at St Marys Leagues Stadium this afternoon, with Skipper Alex Thomas crossing for a hat-trick within the first half hour of play.
Head Coach Adam Hartigan was assisted on the sideline by a 'celebrity' Coach in the form of NRL mentor Trent Robinson, who traded his usual spot in the Coaches Box for the sideline to relay messages for the first-year NYC Coach.
Hartigan's side flew out of the blocks in fine fashion with backrower Vincent Leuluai crashing over from short range after some brilliant lead up work from halfback Jackson Hastings and PNG International and fullback Nene Macdonald.
It was a try-fest from there in the opening forty after five-eighth Tyler Cornish took control of the match and guided the side around the paddock alongside Hastings, Macdonald and hooker Thomas.
The 'spine' of Hartigan's young side showed matury beyond their years to shut the Sea Eagles out of the game in the opening chapter with the Tricolours leading 34-0 at the break.
However it was a different Sea Eagles side that took the field in the second-half, with the Maroon and Whites crossing the line for their first of the match just four minutes in.
However Macdonald again showed his class after receiving a perfect bullet pass from Hastings off a scrum 30m out from the Sea Eagles line to dance his way through the defence and register the Junior Roosters first four-pointer of the second half.
It was a case of try-for-try from there on, with the Sea Eagles fighting their way back into the match before a second try from Macdonald all but secured the win on the hour mark.
Manly managed two more tries in the final twenty minutes, however the flying start from Hartigan's side was enough to hold on to before the final whistle.
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