Eastwood end Manly's unbeaten Tooheys Cup run

Eastwood has brought Manly crashing back to earth in the Tooheys New Cup, downing the Marlins 53 points to 20 in their round six clash at TG Millner Field.

The previously undefeated Marlins came into the match with an attacking reputation to uphold and in the opening minutes they confirmed it, with centre Anthony Barrett pulled up inches short of the line.

After weathering the initial storm, the Woodies soon found themselves behind on the scoreboard after prolific Manly winger David Alo picked off an intercept to score his seventh try of the season.

Peter Hewat converted to make it seven-nil Manly.

A pair of Hewat penalty goals gave Manly a handy 13-nil lead midway through the half, while one to Tim Donnelly had Eastwood on the board ten out from half time.

Then a sniping converted try from the scrumbase by Chris O'Young got the Woodies right back into the contest at 13-10 just before the half time break.

With the ascendency swinging their way, Eastwood hit the front a quarter of an hour into the second half courtesy of a Tim Donnelly charge down which resulted in a try to centre James Hilgendorf.

Hilgendorf's five pointer was converted by Donnelly for a 17-13 lead.

The break would prove decisive, with Donnelly and Hilgendorf combining again a minute later for Eastwood's third try.

Taking it to the line after a good forward drive, Donnelly kicked through for his centre who hit the ball at pace to score under the posts.

Donnelly again converted, making it 24 unanswered points for the home side.

Down by 11, Manly's cause was further damaged when scrumhalf Chris Cottee was handed a yellow card for holding onto the ball in a ruck.

In his absence, the Woodies piled on 15 unanswered points through two tries, a conversion and a penalty goal to have the match firmly in their keeping.

A converted try to flanker Gareth Palamo snuffed out Manly's last flicker of hope 13 minutes from time, while Chris O'Young's second five pointer 90 seconds later confirmed the result.

Hewat bagged a consolation try for his side six minutes from time, getting the Marlins back to 39-20.

But Eastwood would have the final say, with two late tries.

James Hilgendorf racking up his hat trick with another try off a Donnelly kick, before Flanker Hugh Perrett brought up the half century with a converted try on the bell to see the final score rest at 53 points to 20.

Manly now head back to the drawing board with the bye to look forward to in round seven, while for Eastwood it's the down and nearly out West Harbour next Sunday at Concord Oval.

EASTWOOD - 53 James Hilgendorf 3, Chris O'Young 2, Gareth Palamo, Hugh Perrett tries; Tim Donnelly 6 conversions, 2 penalty goals.

MANLY - 20 David Alo, Peter Hewat tries; Hewat 2 conversions, 2 penalty goals

At TG Millner Field.
Half Time: Manly 13-10

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The Canberra Vikings have moved to the top of the Tooheys New Cup ladder following their nine tries to two, 53-13 victory over Penrith at Nepean Rugby Park.

A tight first half, which ended with Canberra ahead 12-8, gave way to a try fest in the second as Canberra raced away to a big bonus point win.

Winger Eddie McLaughlin and flanker Ben White both crossed for doubles in the Vikings victory.

CANBERRA - 53 Eddie McLaughlin 2, Ben White 2, Alexander Peden, Daniel Callaghan, James Stonham, Jon McGrath, Tim Curran tries; Callaghan 4 conversions.

PENRITH - 13 Luke Williams, Wes Guthrie tries; Wes Guthrie penalty goal.

At Nepean Rugby Park
Half Time: Canberra 12-8

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Sydney University has returned to form with a 40 to 12 victory over Southern Districts at University Oval.

Still stinging from last week's loss to Eastwood, the Students ran in six tries to two to claim a bonus point win.

SYDNEY UNIVERSITY - 40 Nigel Staniforth 2, Gareth Hardy, Tim Davidson, Michael Griffin, Daniel Halangahu tries; Scott Stumbles 5 conversions.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS - 12 Andrew Moloney, James McCormack tries; Luke Milton conversion.

At University Oval No. 1
Half Time: Sydney Uni 28-7

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Two tries to giant winger Kemble Leasu have helped Randwick to a 40 to 17 win over Eastern Suburbs in the local derby at Woollahra Oval.

The 'Wicks set up the victory in the first half, leading 33 points to 3 at half time.

RANDWICK - 40 Kemble Leasu 2, Tim Wright, Paul Hannify, Chris Houston, Fosi Pala'amo tries; Shaun Berne 4 conversions, Luke Sweeney 1 conversion.

EASTERN SUBURBS - 17 Troy Takiari, Rex Tapuai tries; Will Campbell 2 conversions, penalty goal.

At Woollahra Oval
Half Time: Randwick 33-3

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A host of home grown greats have watched Parramatta rack up a 21 points to 14 victory over Gordon this afternoon at Two Blues Park.

The likes of dual international Ray Price were on hand to see the Two Blues claim victory in all four grades, including the Tooheys New Cup.

PARRAMATTA - 21 Peleaa Afu, Winnie Paulo tries; Ben Stuart conversion, Josh Weeks 3 penalty goals.

GORDON - 14 Josh Gamgee, Dave Harvey tries; Harvey 2 conversions.

At Two Blues Park
Half Time: Gordon 7-6

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Played Friday Night:

Warringah downed West Harbour 44 points to 24 under lights at Pittwater Rugby Park to continue its climb up the Tooheys New Cup ladder.

They now occupy outright sixth position, leapfrogging the Pirates, after gaining a bonus point for scoring four tries or more.

The Rats led 25-24 at half time and had to withstand 20 minutes of pressure from the Pirates at the start of the second before shutting out the match with three late tries.

For the Rats Clint Eadie scored two tries, while Viliami Fililava continued his run of good form with another two five pointers for the Pirates, taking his tally along to five for the season.

WARRINGAH 44 - Clint Eadie 2, Peter Owens, Lachlan MacKay, Hugh Willoughby, Luke Holmes tries; Josh Keil 4 conversions, 2 penalty goals.

WEST HARBOUR 24 - Viliami Fililava 2, Kieran Massey tries; Kieran Massey 3 conversions, penalty goal.

At Pittwater Rugby Park

Half Time: 25-24 Warringah

TEAM P W L D B F A BP POINTS
CANBERRA 6 4 0 1 1 165 79 3 25
SYDNEY UNIVERSITY 6 5 1 0 0 187 95 4 24
MANLY 6 5 1 0 0 224 145 4 24
EASTWOOD 6 4 1 0 1 180 99 4 24
EASTERN SUBURBS 6 4 2 0 0 147 145 3 19
WARRINGAH 6 3 2 1 0 171 102 3 17
RANDWICK 6 3 3 0 0 138 136 4 16
WEST HARBOUR 6 2 4 0 0 167 184 5 13
PARRAMATTA 6 2 4 0 1 71 114 1 13
STHN. DISTRICTS 6 2 4 0 0 113 134 3 11
PENRITH 6 1 4 0 1 72 180 1 9
GORDON 6 0 5 0 1 83 161 3 7
NTHN. SUBURBS 6 0 5 0 1 62 212 0 4

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LEADING TRYSCORERS
David Alo (Manly) 7
Tim Davidson (Sydney Uni) 5
Viliami Fililava (West Harbour) 5
Chris O'Young (Eastwood) 5
Eddie McLaughlin (Canberra) 5
Nigel Staniforth (Sydney Uni) 5
Rex Tapuai (Easts) 5
Luke Burgess (Easts) 4
Gavin De Bartolo (Easts) 4
Clint Eadie (Warringah) 4
Al McDonald (Eastwood) 4
Jon McGrath (Canberra) 4
Peter Playford (Sydney Uni) 4
Declan Shepherd (Nthn. Suburbs) 4
Ben White (Canberra) 4

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LEADING POINTSCORERS
Peter Hewat (Manly) 78
Tim Donnelly (Eastwood) 63
Scott Stumbles (Sydney Uni) 57
Shaun Berne (Randwick) 43
Will Campbell (Easts) 42
Josh Keil (Warringah) 38
David Alo (Manly) 35
Darren Kapene (Sthn. Districts) 29
Kieran Massey (West Harbour) 29
Beau Dunley (Canberra) 27