The Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles are within striking distance of the Intrust Super Premiership top eight after a 42-18 win over the Newtown Jets at Henson Park on Sunday.
The win sees the Sea Eagles just one point behind the eighth-placed Jets in a group of four teams hunting for the spot with Newcastle and Wentworthville.
Sea Eagles coach Steven Hales said the side don’t like to think about ladder position too much.
“We want to make each moment count and put our best foot forward each game,” he said.
“We’re definitely excited about winning three of our last four games but at the same time, we’re a very ambitious team and we want to continue to win games and do Blacktown proud.”
Blacktown got to work from the kickoff, scoring after 90 seconds through hooker Joey Lussick burrowing over from dummy half after the Sea Eagles forced a mistake.
Despite a terrible completion rate of six from 13 sets, the Sea Eagles took an 18-12 lead to the break.
A better second half display saw the visiting Sea Eagles run up a 42-12 lead before the Jets scored a late consolation try.
Hales said it was a case of “trying too hard” in the first half and the side focused on the basics in the second half to wrap up the result.
“Whenever you play Newtown at Henson Park, you know you’re in for a tough game and this was no different,” he said. “Early in the game, we definitely had our backs to the wall but it was very pleasing to see the boys show plenty of resilience.”
The Sea Eagles have a bye next week before taking on the Wentworthville Magpies with both sides looking to break into the top eight.