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Around the Grounds: Round 7

It was another case of déjà vu across the grounds in Round 7 as the Knock-On Effect NSW Cup, Jersey Flegg and Women’s Premiership teams once again claimed impressive wins, while the NRL side couldn’t record the competition points.

It was the first time since 2004 that Wests Tigers featured on ANZAC Day, with the four grades playing on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Western Suburbs’ run in the Harold Matthews competition came to an end with a loss to the Sea Eagles in the semi-final.

NRL Telstra Premiership

It was a disappointing afternoon at Bankwest Stadium as the first grade suffered their fourth consecutive loss as the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles recorded a comprehensive 40-6 win.

Wests Tigers dominated the opening 15 minutes of the match and were rewarded with a try to Luciano Leilua, but that’s where the joy ended for the home side.

The Sea Eagles scored three tries in the space of five minutes and ran away with the game in the second half.

2021 Match Highlights: Rd.7, Wests Tigers vs. Sea Eagles

“You need to be strong enough mentally to stay in a game. Even we they scored three quick tries, you can still turn things around,” coach Michael Maguire said after the game.

“We’ve shown what we’re capable at times, but we need to be better in the big moments …  We need to be better for longer periods throughout the game. We were in control at the start of the match but then it turned on us.”

Wests Tigers will be looking to bounce back when they travel to Wollongong to face St George Illawarra in Round 8.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 40 (Cherry-Evans 2, Taupau, T Trbojevic, Garrick, Saab, Foran tries; Garrick 6/8 goals) def. Wests Tigers 6 (L Leilua tries; Doueihi 1/1 goals) at Bankwest Stadium

Knock-On Effect NSW Cup

Western Suburbs Magpies extended their winning streak to five games in a row with a comfortable 46-6 win over the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles in the Knock-On Effect NSW Cup game at Bankwest Stadium.

Magpies winger Kiah Cooper bagged four tries on Sunday, taking his tally to nine for the season to sit atop the top try scorers list for 2021.

The Magpies controlled majority of the match, allowing just one try to the visitors in 80 minutes.

The win for Ben Gardiner’s men consolidated them to second on the ladder following seven rounds and sets up a big clash against the third-placed Dragons on Sunday.

Western Suburbs Magpies 46 (Cooper 4, Mikaele, Freebairn, Liddle, Hughes, Fitzgiibbon tries; Madden 4/7, Walters 1/1 goals) def. Blacktown-Workers Sea Eagles 6 (Saddler tries; Keighran 1/1 goals) at Bankwest Stadium

Jersey Flegg

Wests Tigers kept their unbeaten start to the season alive with a 26-18 win against the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at TG Millner Field.

Liam Scolari and Logen Dillon continued their impressive start to the 2021 campaign as they both bagged doubles on ANZAC Day.

Powerful prop Mavoni Tuifua — who spent the summer training with the NRL squad — once again scored the opening try of the and produced a number of strong carries throughout the game.

Ben Stevanovic landed three goals from five attempts to help the home side over the line.

Having held a 20-0 lead at half-time, Wests Tigers let a healthy lead slip for a third consecutive week, but they held on to remain undefeated.

Wests Tigers 26 (Dillon 2, Scolari 2, Tuifua tries; Stevanovic 3/5 goals) def. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 18 (Fulton 2, Tuaimalo Vaega tries; Podesta 3/3 goals) at TG Millner Field.

Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership

Wests Tigers climbed into the top four on the ladder with an impressive 38-10 win over Wentworthville Magpies at Ringrose Park.

With the side featuring on ANZAC Day, it was fitting that Wests Tigers player and Australian Army member Ash Makim bagged a double to help her side to victory.

International fullback Botille Vette-Welsh scored the game’s opening try, before Page McGregor and Rebecca Pollard ensured Wests Tigers would hold a 12-10 lead at half-time.

The visitors dominated the second half, scoring 26 unanswered points with Josephine Lenaz, Page McGregor and Shekinah Edwards all finding the try line.

They’ll now shift their attention to next Sunday’s clash against Mounties at Aubrey Keech Reserve.

Wests Tigers 38 (Makim 2, P McGregor 2, Vette-Welsh, Pollard, Edwards, Lenaz tries; Curtain 3/8 goals) def. Wentworthville Magpies 10 (Solaese, Butler tries; Camilleri 1/2 goals) at Ringrose Park.

Harold Matthews

Western Suburbs Magpies fought bravely against the undefeated Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in the Harold Matthews semi-final, but went down 32-12 at Leichhardt Oval.

The 20-point loss ended their season as the Sea Eagles progressed to the grand final against Parramatta Eels.

After Solomone Saukuru and Ofele Lene scored early in the match, the Magpies held a narrow lead, but the Sea Eagles ran away with the match in the second half.

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 32 (Feledy 2, Sagala 2, Fainu, Sio tries; Herring 4/6 goals) def. Western Suburbs Magpies 12 (Saukuru, Lene, Tavana tries) at Leichhardt Oval.