The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have joined the Sea Eagles on top of the Telstra Premiership table with a 7 point victory at ANZ Stadium in front of 14,921 fans.
Signs looked troubling early for the home side as Dunamis Lui sliced their defence easily on the Sea Eagles first visit to Bulldogs try line. Mid-way through the first half, Manly claimed a 6-0 lead.
Shortly before the break, Krisnan Inu sailed through a crumbling Manly defensive line to extend the Bulldogs lead to a converted try at half time.
The Sea Eagles fired immediately in the second half as Clinton Gutherson powered down the sideline to dive over in the eastern over courtesy of a Brett Stewart pass. Manly trailed by 2 points minutes in the new half, 12-10.
Michael Ennis in the action 10 minutes later as his boot provided points for Corey Thompson to beat Brett Stewart to a bouncing ball. Canterbury extended their lead to 16-10 with Inu's conversion successful.
Mitch Brown did not have a game to remember with several errors costing his team points. None more so in the 66th minute as his fumble gifted Justin Horo Manly's third try. Once again the game locked up, 16-all.
In what ended as controversial circumstances, the video referee awarded Michael Ennis a try in the 79th minute as Tim Browne broke free of wouldbe tacklers to throw a forward pass to his hooker. Canterbury kicked ahead to win the game 23-16 as their fighting spiriting was too much for the visitors.
Next week the Sea Eagles return to Brookvale to host Wests Tigers, meanwhile the Bulldogs will fly south to Melbourne to clash with the Storm.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 23 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 16
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Halftime Score: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 12 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 6
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - James Graham
2 points - Michael Ennis
1 point - Jamie Buhrer
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
LATE MAIL: Tony Williams joins Josh Jackson in the halves for the Bulldogs, this could be the largest halves pairing in League history. Michael Ennis shifts back to hooker, Reni Maitua and Sam Kasiano come into the starting side. Damien Cook and Dale Finucane move to the bench
Welcome to LeagueUnlimited's LIVE coverage from ANZ Stadium as the Bulldogs host the Sea Eagles to kick off Round 17. Once again it's a shortened round with Origin III to come on Wednesday night, the Sea Eagles will be out to extend their lead on top of the Telstra Premiership. It's an interesting match up with the Bulldogs pushing for the number 1 ranking in the competition.
Earlier in Holden Cup, Bulldogs were defeated by the Sea Eagles, 34-14
1: We are UNDERWAY here at ANZ Stadium
4: Corey Thompson comes up with a brilliant catch of the ball under pressure just shy of his try line and the Manly defence keeps him inside the 10m zone.
6: Aidan Tolman has been replaced already, straight into the sheds here at ANZ Stadium. Tim Browne has come on in his place.
9: Kieran Foran rockets the long kick downfield to get out his own half but it's out on the full. Change over for the Bulldogs on half way
13: VIDEO REFEREE for the Bulldogs, Sam Kasiano is claiming as he charged forward and bounced into the eastern corner.
13: NO TRY is the call for Sam Kasiano, ruled to have gone over the sideline before grounding the ball. Manly come up with possession.
14: Penalty follows the line drop out from Tim Browne for a shoulder charge. Kick for touch is taken and the Sea Eagles attack 25 metres out
19: Shocking attacking side from the Bulldogs, attack is missing without the halves in Reynolds and Hodkinson. The Manly defence holds which held out a floating pass from Williams who continues to run the play in the halves.
27: Penalty comes the way over the Sea Eagles, Matt Ballin stripped the ball out and the tackle following was too long. The Sea Eagles attack 15 metres out
28: Steve Matai's head is dragged over the sideline as the Bulldogs defence slides across to shut down the play. Scrum for the Bulldogs 10 metres off their own try line.
29: Penalty to the Bulldogs, Tony Williams draws the penalty for an interference in the ruck. Littlejohn kicks for touch and the Sea Eagles advance to the half way line.
30: Back to back penalties conceded by the Bulldogs as we enter the final 10 minutes before the half time break. The Sea Eagles just 20 metres from the Bulldogs try line now.
32: Corey Thompson comes up with a brilliant sliding catch and after a review from the video referee it's a 20 metre tap for the Bulldogs.
33: Tony Williams puts up a cross field kick and it's defused by the Sea Eagles Gutherson easily.
35: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Krisnan Inu. Kick to come.
Krisnan Inu makes the Sea Eagles defence crumble and steps over the would be tacklers to bring up the Bulldogs second try of the night
37: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Conversion attempt by Krisnan Inu successful.
Krisnan Inu flashes the smile again as he goes to his happy place to slot the extras to make it a converted try lead for the Bulldogs
40: HALF TIME here at ANZ Stadium sees the Bulldogs take a converted try lead into sheds over the Sea Eagles. The forward pack of the Bulldogs has laid the platform for the Blue and Whites to march up field, they have looked hungrier than the Manly side so far tonight.
41: Second half is UNDERWAY as the Sea Eagles kick off to get us going.
42: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Mitch Brown makes an unforced error.
Mitch Brown jumping for a catch and it's a mistake as he attempted to grab it out of the air. Scrum for the Sea Eagles 10 metres out
43: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Clinton Gutherson. Kick to come.
Clinton Gutherson powers down the eastern sideline off a beautiful cut out pass from Brett Stewart and he dives over in the corner. Brilliant play from the Sea Eagles
45: Penalty to the Sea Eagles from the kick restart, count is now 5-2 in favour of the Sea Eagles.
46: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Brenton Lawrence makes an unforced error.
Brenton Lawrence fumbles the play of the ball and it's a messy ruck. Scrum feed for the Bulldogs just short of the half way line.
48: Tony Williams tries to get a try one with a short kick through the line but it's collected by Hiku and the Sea Eagles have possession on the try line.
48: Penalty to the Bulldogs, too long in the ruck from Matt Ballin and the count is now 5-3.
50: Clint Gutherson comes up with a brilliant catch under pressure. Sea Eagles with possession 10 metres out from their try line.
53: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Corey Thompson. Kick to come.
Corey Thompson has cleaned up a Michael Ennis grubber kick as Brett Stewart failed to get a pick up on the sliding run through.
54: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Conversion attempt by Krisnan Inu unsuccessful.
Krisnan Inu fails with the conversion attempt as he misses it from out wide on the eastern side
56: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Michael Ennis makes an unforced error.
Michael Ennis unable to take the short pass as it's a shocking on the last tackle. Change over on the last tackle just short of the half way line.
57: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Steve Matai makes an unforced error.
Steve Matai fumbles the play of the ball as he tried to play it too quickly. Scrum for Canterbury on their own 30 metre line.
60: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Justin Horo. Kick to come.
Justin Horo has been gifted a four-pointer as Mitch Brown again jumped to catch the kick and dropped it in the moment. Horo picks up the mistake and dives over next to the posts.
63: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Drury Low makes an unforced error.
Drury Low unable to hold onto possession as he surged for the corner, appeared to be a one on one strip. Scrum for the Sea Eagles.
65: WAIT ON! The error is change and it's ruled a strip, scrum for the Bulldogs 10 metres out. Video Referee makes the call and overturns the onfield decision.
66: The Bulldogs unable to use the possession in the Manly red zone and it's rolled dead. 20 metre tap for the Sea Eagles
67: Kieran Foran shaped for a field goal and changed at the last minute with a bomb placed to the western corner.
72: Penalty comes to the Sea Eagles, Geoff Toovey celebrates in the coaches box and the Manly side march up over the half way line to attack 40 metres out
74: SUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Field goal attempt by Michael Ennis successful.
Michael Ennis snaps the one point from 20 metres out. Incredible set of six as the forwards charge up field.
75: UNSUCCESSFUL FIELD GOAL MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Field goal attempt by Brett Stewart unsuccessful.
Brett Stewart takes a stab at the field goal from 5 metres out from beside the uprights and it's charged down. ZERO TACKLE for the Sea Eagles
76: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Steve Matai makes an unforced error.
Steve Matai juggled the ball and it's fumbled as he looked to take the shift across looking for the overlap. The Bulldogs defence too good as they raced up. Scrum for the Bulldogs 10 metres off their own try line.
79: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Michael Ennis. Kick to come.
Michael Ennis gets the GREEN LIGHTS as he sailed in off a forward pass from Tim Browne, the video referee can't rule on the play and the Bulldogs will win.
80: FULL TIME at ANZ Stadium sees the Bulldogs pull off an upset over the Sea Eagles claiming a 7 point win in front of 14,921.