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High flying Eagles set sights on second spot

A top two finish is on the cards for East Campbelltown Eagles, who are third on the ladder with one round to go.

The Eagles sit on 30 points after their 64-10 demolition of Hills on the weekend.

They will travel to the foot of the Blue Mountains this Saturday to take on Penrith Brothers in a game the boys from Campbelltown should win.

If it goes to plan and second placed team Saints lose to Moorebank the Eagles could finish second behind Cabramatta.

Either way a top four finish is guaranteed for the Eagles, which will be a good platform from which to defend the title they won last year.

Eddie Vatuvei scored off a Shannon Gallant pass and Sean Connor converted for an early 6-0 lead against Hills District.

Eagles crossed for their second to Alex Potifara to stretch the lead to 10-0 in the first 10 minutes.

But to the disappointment of coach Richard Barnes Campbelltown then got a little excited and started pushing passes.

They paid the penalty when Hills took advantage of possession to score near the post to make it 10-6.

That try triggered the Eagles back into action and they ran in tries to Jake Lealuga-Puhotua, Shannon Gallant and Grant Lahey.

Connor kicked three from 3 to have the Eagles go off for oranges leading 28-6.

It was somewhat of a procession in the second half, with tries to Sean Connor, Jimmy Laulilli and Theo Leato putting the result beyond doubt.

Eddie Vatuvei, Alex Potifara, Jayke Lealuga-Puhotua all crossed for their second try of the day.

Sean Connor kicked six from 6 in the second half, finishing up with 28 points on the day as the Eagles ran out winners 64-10.

 “Despite our poor completions in the opening minutes, the guys knew to get back to completing and played some really good entertaining footy,’’ coach Richard Barnes said after the match.

“We have cemented ourselves a top four position and that’s where we want to be.”

Best for the Eagles were Alex Potifara, Sean Connor and Shannon Gallant while the players’ player honour went to Mason Talolua and the man of the match to Tom Morrison.

  • East Campbelltown Eagles Club will have eight teams playing in the Grand Finals this weekend at Campbelltown Stadium.

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