The Windsor Wolves returned to the winners circle on Saturday, with a hard fought 20-6 victory over the Manly Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval.
Windsor made some late changes with another member of the Panthers Holden Cup squad, backrower Chris Smith making his NSW Cup debut alongside new recruit from the Eels, prop Matt Eisenhuth. Wes Naiqama was also a late inclusion after overcoming his recent injury concerns and started in the centers for Windsor.
Manly scored first after a mistake from George Jennings allowed winger Jackson Williams to slide over in the corner for the easiest of tries. Dane Chisholm kicked the goal from the sideline to give Manly an early 6-0 lead.
The Wolves settled into the contest with repeat sets allowing Luke Capewell to score after feigning to kick on the last tackle and wrong footing a would-be defender to score next to the posts to level the scores 6-6.
With Jennings forced from the field with a lower back spasm, debutant Issah Yeo made an immediate impact dragging down Dane Chisholm from behind when it seemed the five eighth was set to score a runaway try for the Sea Eagles.
Windsor opened the scoring in the second half when skipper Anthony Cherrington ran a great line off a short pass to score from close range. Naiqama missing the conversion to leave the Wolves in front 10-6.
A penalty to Windsor allowed the Wolves backline to set deep and shift the ball left before Capewell once again provided Cherrington a saloon passage to the tryline, giving the Wolves the biggest lead of the match at 14-6 with 17 minutes remaining.
Windsor put the icing on the cake with a long-range intercept try from Liam Ayoub sealing a much needed 20-6 win.
The Wolves head to Leichhardt Oval on Wednesday to face the North Sydney Bears and will have to back up against Cronulla on Saturday, while the Sea Eagles will take on the Illawarra Cutters at WIN Jubilee.
Windsor Wolves 20 (A Cherrington 2, L Ayoub, L Capewell tries; W Naiqama 2 goals) def. Manly Sea Eagles 6 (J Williams try; D Chisholm goal) at Brookvale Oval.
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