East Campbelltown Eagles seal thrilling win over St Marys

A huge crowd of supporters gathered at Waminda Oval to see the East Campbelltown Eagles take on St Marys Saints on Sunday.

And supporters didn't leave disappointed.

The Eagles celebrated their Polynesian Round with a 26-22 win in round 22 of the NSWRL Sydney Shield competition.

East Campbelltown scored first points when Jarryd Eggleton barged over the line.

Sean Connor nailed the conversion and the Eagles led 6-0 after 15 minutes.

St Marys then hit back with tries in the 20th and 23rd minute to take a 12-6 advantage.

The Eagles' left side attack was defended well by the Saints. But East Campbelltown's right side attack came up with trumps, leading to Theo Leato scoring.

Connor missed the conversion and the Eagles trailed 12-10.

The game was played at a cracking pace, which suited the visitors.

St Marys scored a converted try in the 35th minute and the Saints held an 18-10 lead at half time.

The Eagles were able claw their way back into the game in the second half.

Both teams threw everything at each other, but it was East Campbelltown's Amanono Tovio who broke the deadlock by scoring after 60 minutes.

Connor converted and the Eagles trailed 18-16.

The Eagles continued to roll on, with Theo Leato crossing for his second try to take the home side to a 20-18 advantage.

East Campbelltown kept piling on the pressure and was rewarded with Samuel Kimi-Ioane crossing to score the match-winning try.

Connor's conversion gave the Eagles a 24-16 lead with seven minutes remaining.

St Marys managed to score with a minute left to cut the final deficit to two points.

Mason Talolua and Amanono Tovio received the Eagles' man of the match and players' player honours respectively.

Alex Potifara, Vince Ripepi and John Da Silva were among the other standouts for East Campbelltown.

Eagles assistant coach Korj Kadir took over the reins in coach Richard Barnes' absence on the weekend.

Kadir said the East Campbelltown players showed "true grit" against St Marys.

"The game was of a very high standard and St Marys threw everything at us," he said.

"I was really pleased with our halves and their kicking game - they put St Marys on the back foot all game.

The Eagles will next travel to Crestwood Oval, Baulkham Hills to take on Hills Bulls this Sunday.