NYC Sea Eagles outclassed by Panthers
The Manly Sea Eagles have suffered a 44-0 loss to the Penrith Panthers in their Round 6 NYC clash at Brookvale Oval.
The Panthers dominated the Eagles from the start, scoring in just the 4th minute through winger George Jennings. A simple wrap around play involving fullback Kieran Moss got Jennings a clear run to the line, scoring in the corner, but Harry Siejka was unable to convert.
8 minutes later they went to the left side again, this time through Blake South out of dummy half as he threw a cut out pass down the short side for Jennings to cross again. Siejka nailed the conversion from out wide to extend the lead to 10-0.
South was at it again 7 minutes later, when he darted from dummy half, beating three players before diving over the fullback to score, a try which was converted by Siejka and pushed the lead out to 16-0.
The Sea Eagles created chances but ultimately couldn’t convert, and Siejka took advantage of some slow defence close to the ruck, chipping and regathering from halfway, before passing to Tom Eisenhuth, who scored in the corner.
The Panthers retained that until halftime, but the Sea Eagles came out from half time the stronger of the two sides, gaining plenty of metres down the Panthers right side.
But when the Panthers started to get back into the game, they converted their first chance, as Tony Satini beat four players and ran 30m to score under the posts, which Siejka converted to extend the lead to 28-0.
From then on the floodgates started to open, as Regan Campbell-Gillard and Siejka (2) both grabbed four pointers, to extend the final margin to 44-0.
Best for the Sea Eagles was Regan Haika and Josh Drinkwater in a well beaten side, while for the Panthers, Siejka, hooker South and Vaipuna Tia-Kilifi were all constant threats.
Next week the Sea Eagles face the Titans at Brookvale Oval, with kick-off at 5:15pm.
PENRITH PANTHERS 44
(George Jennings 2, Harry Siejka 2, Blake South,Tom Eisenhuth, Tony Satini, Regan Campbell-Gillard Tries; Siejka 5/7 Goals)
MANLY SEA EAGLES 0