The Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles withstood a late fightback from the Gold Coast Titans today to win 15-12 in front of over 12,000 fans at Cbus Super Stadium.
An uninspiring first half saw no points scored until after the half-hour mark when Kieran Foran finished off a long-range move from Daly Cherry-Evans. The Titans responded in the minute before halftime with James Roberts cracking the visitors' line.
After going into the sheds at 6-all, the Sea Eagles came out in the second half and seemingly went for the accelerator pedal, Brett Stewart scoring eventually after an earlier botched attempt by Cheyse Blair. The Eagles held the 12-6 margin until the 77th minute when Daly Cherry-Evans potted a field goal to seemingly put the result beyond doubt.
The desired effect was not what Manly would've hoped, with the Titans regaining the ball from a short kick-off, capping the subsequent set with a try to Kalifa Faifai-Loa in the far corner. Aidan Sezer was able to convert bringing the margin back to one.
Sadly for the Titans they were unable to push past Manly in the final 90 seconds following the Faifai-Loa try, and eventually conceded a penalty in front of their own posts allowing Jamie Lyon to push the winning margin out to three points.
Next week Manly fans will be making the trek out to Pirtek Stadium where their side will take on a desperate Parramatta Eels outfit, while the Gold Coast have their own trip booked for Kogarah where they'll take on the equally desperate St. George Illawarra Dragons.