The Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles have won back-to-back games in the Intrust Super Premiership for the first time with a 32-24 win over the Newcastle Knights.
It was an impressive win with the Sea Eagles down to 12 men after Tyler Cassell was sent off for dissent early in the second half.
Although a late inclusion, winger Kelepi Manu scored a hat-trick for the side as they ran away with a win, despite being a man down.
Playing at Lottoland, it was a frantic opening 20 minutes with the Knights scoring in the second minute of the game.
The Sea Eagles responded with three tries, two to Manu in the corner before Jamil Hopoate barged his way across the line.
The Sea Eagles held the 14-6 lead into half-time but started the second half in the worst possible way.
Cassell made an error in the opening seconds of the second half with Mickey Paea bringing the Knights back to 14-12. It led to Cassell being sent off for dissent.
Although a player down, the Sea Eagles hit back straight away.
Pita Godinet accepted an intercept in the set following the score with the Sea Eagles halfback running in a try.
Dean Parata scored minutes later next to the posts to extend the lead to 26-12.
Manu completed his hat-trick after a cut-out ball from Cameron Cullen and quick hands from Jonathan Wright put the winger over in the corner.
The Knights scored two late tries but it wasn’t enough as the Sea Eagles won their second straight game.
The win sees the Sea Eagles move to four competition points.
With just four points separating the fifth-placed Penrith Panthers and the last-placed Wests Tigers, a close Intrust Super Premiership season is unfolding.
It was a big weekend for the Blacktown Workers with wins in all three grades.
The Ron Massey Cup side are sitting in equal-first following a 48-16 win over the Auburn Warriors.
The Sydney Shield side were equally dominant with a 48-26 win over the Moorebank Rams, including a hat-trick to Mario-Joseph El Boustani.