Manly grabbed the fourth spot owing to their resounding 32-12 win over Wests Tigers in a match held at Brookvale Oval. The entertaining game started Round 22 of the National Rugby League with a bang!
The Sea Eagles were dominating for almost the entire game, leading 18-6 at the break to ring in a victory to be remembered. Daly Cherry-Evans was the main man of the game as he controlled the game for the Sea Eagles. They scored crucial points as he set up two first-half tries to put his team in the top four, ahead of South Sydney.
Too much for the Tigers!
Tigers had a horror Thursday night and their two-straight losses mean that they would now rank a lowly 12th.
Robbie Farah looks out for the rest of the season, while hooker Jacob Liddle also seems set to be out for a few games. Liddle suffered a serious knee injury during the sixth minute of the game. He didn’t return after that.
Benji Marshall from the Tigers was one of the rare shining stars in the game. He put a perfect ball for David Nofoaluma to score the only first-half try from his team. Brooks also had a late consolation four-pointer in the game.
The result means Tigers need to dominate and win their last three games if they ever want to end their streak of eight-year finals losses.
Manly’s dominance with a fine performance!
The Sea Eagles side meanwhile have dropped only two games at Brookvale, this year.
Manly controlled 63 per cent of possession, and forced five line dropouts. Credit to Cherry-Evans and Gosiewski, who were responsible for the opening two tries – a grubber and a well-timed short ball. Tom Trbojevic and Dylan Walker also pitched one of their finest performances of the season. Manly’s second four-pointer within three minutes before the break, all but put Tigers’ hopes in the dust.