The Manly Sea Eagles have bounced back from their round 1 loss to score a 14-12 victory over the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Central Coast Stadium in front of 15,120 fans.
The opening sets of six were the definition of scrappy with both sides unable to hold the ball with plenty of stray passes as well as errors.
It was the Sea Eagles who were the first side to start to get some consistency and it didn't take them long with Cheyse Blair scoring in just the seventh minute after Video Referee review.
Neither side could really say that they mastered their ball handling in the opening half with plenty of drop ball and for Souths a number of intercepts close to their own line.
It wasn't the 36th minute that Souths got on the board and in many people's eyes somewhat controversially after Anthony Watmough was ruled to have knocked the ball out of the hands of Isaac Luke and it was picked up by a possibly offside Sam Burgess, it was sent upstairs by referee Shayne Hayne but the all clear was given by the Video Referees. The kick for goal from Adam Reynolds would be one he'd like to forget with it hitting the upright from right next to the post.
That meant the Sea Eagles took a 6-4 lead to the break thanks to the Cheyse Blair try and Jamie Lyon penalty goal.
Souths grew momentum in the second half and in the 51st minute Beau Champion was the recipient of some good ball movement and scored to give Souths the lead for the first time in the match. Just a few minutes later the Bunnies extended their lead to six after Adam Reynolds successfully slotted a Penalty goal from in front.
All the momentum was with Souths and ironically it was a spray from Sam Burgess to Justin Horo that sparked the Sea Eagles back into life and soon after Daly Cherry-Evans was able to score following some excellent footwork from Jamie Buhrer.
Souths got another opportunity late in the game and had the option to go for the field goal but close to the line decided to work it right and ended up throwing an intercept that sent Manly downfield and off that they got a penalty which wrapped up the game for the Sea Eagles.
The 14-12 victory sees Manly get their first win of the season, whilst the Bunnies will wonder what happened especially after their strong performance last week against the Roosters.
Next weekend, Manly are back at Brookvale Oval on Sunday Afternoon to host the Parramatta Eels, whilst the Rabbitohs travel away to their home ground to take on the Wests Tigers on Friday night.