A CONTROVERSIAL 70th minute send-off of Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has overshadowed the Sydney Roosters gutsy 16-4 defeat of the Manly Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval in front of 12,950 fans.
The win further emphasised the Roosters premiership credentials and was their first win at Brookvale in nine years.
Waerea-Hargreaves was given his marching orders by referee Matt Cecchin following a high tackle on Manly forward George Rose.
With the scoreline reading 8-4 at the time, the Roosters defence refused to buckle despite the Manly attack asking plenty of questions.
An absorbing first half, played at break neck speed yielded just the one try with defence dominating proceedings. Manly appeared to miss the spark of Brett Stewart while the Roosters defence repelled everything thrown at them.
The only try of the first half came after 11 minutes when Manly were pressing the Roosters goal-line. Daly Cherry-Evans took the ball at second receiver before firing a pass intended for Jamie Lyon. Unfortunately it missed the mark and winger David Williams had to try to reel it in but couldn’t do so. Roosters centre Michael Jennings swooped on the loose ball and raced 90m to score untouched.
David Williams had an opportunity to score the Eagles first try after 28 minutes but Glenn Stewart’s perfectly weighted kick into the in-goal was batted over the deadball line by Roosters winger Daniel Tupou.
The 6-0 scoreline would remain that way until James Maloney piloted a 32nd minute penalty goal to extend the visitor’s lead out past a converted try.
Manly closed the gap to four points in the 46th minute when centre Steve Matai plucked a Daly Cherry-Evans cross-field kick out of the air to score 20m in from touch. It would prove to be the only points scored by the home side despite having most of the possession in the final 10 minutes after the Waerea-Hargreaves send-off.
Roosters hooker Jake Friend sealed the win on the stroke of fulltime by scoring a scrappy try after Shaun Kenny-Dowall’s kick ricocheted off the Manly defence as winger Jorge Taufua knocked on.
The win lifts the Roosters to second spot while Manly stay in fourth position.
The Bondi boys head to Townsville next Saturday night while Manly travel to Melbourne on Monday Night Football.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 4 Sydney Roosters 16
Venue: Brookvale Oval
Halftime Score: Sydney Roosters 8-0
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Michael Jennings
2 points - James Maloney
1 point - Boyd Cordner
MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES (4)
Tries: Steve Matai
Conversions: Jamie Lyon (0/1)
SYDNEY ROOSTERS (16)
Tries: Michael Jennings, Jake Friend
Conversions: James Maloney (2/2)
Penalty Goals: James Maloney (2/2)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
The penultimate match of Round 9 comes to you live from Brookvale Oval
tonight where we have a blockbuster in store. It's team 3 up against team 4 when the Roosters and the Eagles do battle. It's a rather chilly evening on the northern beaches with the forecast of a late shower. Hopefully the rain stays away. Team news will be brought to you soon.
TEAM CHANGES: Two changes for the Sea Eagles with Brett Stewart
ruled out earlier in the week for 4-6 weeks due to back troubles. Tom Symonds
has also been ruled out. Peta Hiku
and David Gower
come into coach Geoff Toovey's 17-man squad. The Roosters are unchanged. Kick-off a little after 7pm.
Full-time in the Holden Cup and Manly have hung on in an entertaining, see-sawing game of footy 28-24.
leads the Roosters onto Brookvale and they head to the southern end where they will receive first use of the ball. They'll run from right to left on your computer screen.
1 min: Cherry-Evans gets us underway!
1 min: Good opening set from the Roosters. Hiku is tackled on his own 30.
3 min: Hiku brilliantly takes Maloney's kick despite heavy pressure.
4 min: PENALTY Roosters. Tuivasa-Sheck sliced through the Manly defence from a standing start and is pulled down just short. Lawrence stayed on him for too long.
5 min: PENALTY Roosters. Hands on the ball.
6 min: Pearce takes on the defence and loses possession. Manly work the ball upfield.
7 min: Friend kicks out of dummy half but it goes straight down the middle of the field. Manly go over halfway on tackle 3.
8 min: Tuivasa-Sheck takes Foran cross-field kick well.
10 min: PENALTY Manly. Pearce with a hand on the ball.
11 min: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Michael Jennings
. Conversion attempt by James Maloney
Jennings opens the scoring tonight! Manly were pressing the Roosters line and Cherry-Evans' cutout pass missed the mark and Williams left the ball behind before the Roosters centre scooped it up and raced 90m to score out wide. Maloney fades the conversion from left to right straight between the posts.Sydney Roosters
14 min: PENALTY Manly. Jennings pushes Hiku to ground unnecessarily.
16 min: Cherry-Evans tries to grubber into the in-goal but it's too heavy. Roosters 20m restart.
17 min: Hiku again comes up with a good catch under pressure on his own line.
17 min: Lawrence slices through the Roosters defence before finding Taufua who threw an unnecessary pass to Matai who knocks on.
18 min: Pearce this time goes straight through the Manly defence ducking in and out of tackles before his pass to Cordner is knocked on.
19 min: Matai knocks on from the scrum. Roosters to feed a scrum 20m from the Eagles line.
20 min: Some good goal-line defence from the Eagles repels the Roosters with Matai's tackle under Kenny-Dowall's ribs forcing the ball to be knocked on.
22 min: Cherry-Evans kicks well into space on tackle 4. Roosters tackle 2 10m from their own line.
23 min: Matai grubbers on the last tackle and Tuivasa-Sheck comes up with a little knock-on. Repeat set for Manly with a 10m scrum.
25 min: PENALTY Eagles. Roosters offside.
25 min: PENALTY Eagles. Waerea-Hargraves with a high tackle.
27 min: Rose throws the pass out the back which is intercepted by Kenny-Dowall who races 40m upfield before losing possession!
28 min: Stewart kicks over the top for Williams who looked certain to score before Tupou punched the ball out of his hands and over the dead-ball line. Roosters dropout.
29 min: Watmough throws a forced pass out the back which is knocked on. Roosters defence holds firm and they'll feed a scrum on their 30m line.
30 min: PENALTY Roosters. Rose with the shoulder charge on Waerea-Hargraves.
31 min: PENALTY Roosters. High tackle on Guerra.
32 min: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Penalty goal attempt by James Maloney
Maloney extends the visitors lead out past a converted try.Sydney Roosters
34 min: Hiku drops Pearce's bomb and the Roosters go on the attack.
34 min: Guerra drops the ball attempting to throw an unlikely offload out the back. Eagles defence holds.
36 min: Cherry-Evans drills the kick into touch a metre from the line. Roosters to feed a scrum.
37 min: O'Donnell puts the ball down working the ball out of trouble. Manly to feed a scrum 30m from the Roosters line.
38 min: Cherry-Evans goes short to Stewart who puts the ball down.
39 min: Jennings is nearly thrown into touch before he threw the ball back infield. Roosters still with possession.
40 min: Halftime at Brookvale and the Roosters lead Manly 8-0.
40 min: Second half underway. Manly with first use of the ball.
42 min: Mortimer's pass from dummy half is knocked on. Early chance for the home side here.
42 min: Lyon knocks on.
44 min: Good scramble from Williams bundles Tupou into touch after the Roosters created an overlap.
45 min: PENALTY Manly. Roosters offside.
46 min: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Steve Matai
. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon
Matai scores for the Eagles! Cherry-Evans cross-field chip bomb was perfectly placed and Matai got himself in between Tuivasa-Sheck and Kenny-Dowall before wrestling his way to ground to score the try. Lyon misses from just beside the posts.Sydney Roosters
49 min: PENALTY Manly. Foran takes the line on and is taken high by Pearce.
49 min: PENALTY Manly. Roosters high tackle on Lyon.
51 min: VIDEO REFEREE: Possible Manly try.
51 min: No Try. Williams ruled offside after the Lyon bat-back.
51 min: PENALTY Roosters. Williams offside.
52 min: SBW knocks on in the play-the-ball. Manly scrum.
53 min: Great defence from the inside forces the ball out of Watmough's grasp. Roosters with possession.
55 min: Maloney attempts a 40/20 and Hiku tiptoes down the sideline to grab possession.
57 min: PENALTY Roosters. Manly offside.
58 min: Kennedy gets away with losing possession because the referees called held too quick.
59 min: Watmough charges out of the line and forces the mistake from Maloney.
60 min: PENALTY Manly. High tackle from Friend on Kite.
60 min: Cherry-Evans fails to find touch and the Roosters have possession on halfway.
61 min: Pearce kicks over the top but the ball goes into touch.
63 min: Quick hands down the blind side from Matai but his pass is forward. Roosters scrum on halfway.
64 min: No Try. Kenny-Dowall knocks Pearce's bomb on in the in-goal. Manly 20m restart.
66 min: A quality offload from SBW gets the Roosters going down the right side, but the pass to Kenny-Dowall is knocked on.
68 min: Stewart trickles a grubber into the in-goal before Tupou tries his best to get out but is thrown back in under the weight of five Manly players.
69 min: PENALTY Manly. Waerea-Hargraves has collected Rose with a swinging arm.
70 min: Kenny-Dowall knocks Foran's pass on and Manly will feed a scrum.
71 min: Maloney dives on the loose ball from Cherry-Evans' pass out the back before the five-eighth goes to get up and loses the ball.
73 min: PENALTY Roosters. Manly throw Tupou back into the in-goal after the tackle has been completed.
74 min: PENALTY Roosters. Lawrence offside after Kenny-Dowall's kick rebounds.
75 min: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Penalty goal attempt by James Maloney
Maloney almost ensures the Roosters can't lose in normal time with a successful penalty goal.Sydney Roosters
78 min: PENALTY Roosters. SBW has the ball stripped on a two-man tackle.
79 min: VIDEO REFEREE: Possible Roosters try.
79 min: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Jake Friend
. Conversion attempt by James Maloney
scores a scrappy try to seal the win for the Roosters tonight! Kenny-Dowall chipped into the in-goal but the ball rebounded off Horo into Taufua who couldn't handle it and Friend dives on the loose ball.Sydney Roosters
80 min: Fulltime at Brookvale and the Roosters have beaten Manly 16-4.