Manly hang on to beat Warriors

The Manly Sea Eagles have moved up the ladder once more, putting their top eight opposition New Zealand Warriors in doubt of a top four finish following a convincing 19-16 victory at Brookvale Oval.

The win was vital as it created an area of safety for Manly, who had to claw their way back from a half-time deficit of 14-10 to beat the Warriors in a tight game. The Warriors opened the scoring with a penalty goal before Manly superstar Jamie Lyon set up the opening try for Steve Matai to create a 6-2 scoreline. The Warriors hit back through wonder-kid James Maloney mid-way through the half, but Manly were soon to be leaders once more when massive winger Tony Williams scored, once again thanks to some assistance from Lyon.

Simon Mannering showed some flashbacks of the past to go past some defence before half-time, giving the Warriors a 14-10 advantage. An early second half penalty gave them their second penalty goal, before Manly seized on an error from the kick-off to level the score.

It remained even for most of the second half until Trent Hodkinson nailed a 77th minute field goal. An extra Lyon penalty goal gave the final scoreline of 19-16.

Meanwhile in the Toyota Cup the Warriors convincingly won 56-18.

Match Details
Manly Sea Eagles 19 defeated New Zealand Warriors 16
National Rugby League - NRL - Round 24 - Saturday August 21, 2010 5:30pm
Venue: Brookvale Oval
Referee: Jared Maxwell and Steve Lyons
Video Referee: Russell Smith
Touch Judges: Jeff Younis and Gavin Morris
Crowd: 0
Halftime: Manly Sea Eagles 10 New Zealand Warriors 14

Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Glenn Stewart
2 Points - Jamie Lyon (2 Conversions, 1 Penalty Goal)
1 Point - Simon Mannering (1 Try)

MANLY SEA EAGLES (19)
Tries: Steve Matai, Tony Williams (2)
Field Goals: Trent Hodkinson (1/1)
Conversions: Jamie Lyon (2/3)
Penalty Goals: Jamie Lyon (1/1)

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS (16)
Tries: Simon Mannering, James Maloney
Conversions: James Maloney (2/2)
Penalty Goals: James Maloney (2/2)

LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary Welcome to Brookvale Oval where the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles will battle the New Zealand Warriors. An important two competition points tonight, as the loser may fall back into the pack a little bit.
In the Toyota Cup match the Warriors have won 56-18, giving Manly fans nerves before the finals begin. The Warriors scored 11 triews to the Sea Eagles 3.
Manly - Hopoate is out of the side replaced by Oldfield.
New Zealand - Brown and Henderson out, Mara and Lousi in. Heremaia starts.
We are underway!
4 min: Manly get a penalty, but fail to find touch.
7 min: So far neither side looks particularly threatening.
7 min: So far neither side looks particularly threatening.
8 min: Already four penalties in the game, soft ones too.
10 min: Warriors get a penalty, going for goal.
11 min: PENALTY GOAL
It's through.
New Zealand Warriors 2-0
13 min: TRY
Jamie Lyon once again instrumental, setting up the play for Matai to score.
Manly Sea Eagles 6-2
19 min: Warriors looking the worse side so far.
23 min: TRY
Warriors hit hard through Maloney, who put a kick for Tupou, before stepping through numerous defenders later.
New Zealand Warriors 8-6
30 min: TRY
Tony Williams re-winding back the clock, with a great ball to Jamie Lyon (who has another try assist) sending Tony Williams over.
Manly Sea Eagles 10-8
37 min: TRY
Simon Mannering brings back a bit of his former self as well, to charge through the defence to score and put the Warriors back in front.
New Zealand Warriors 14-10
40 min: That's the break, Warriors lead by four at the change.
40 min: The second half is underway!
44 min: Another penalty. Looks like another Warriors goal.
45 min: PENALTY GOAL
Another two sees the Warriors jump to a six point lead.
New Zealand Warriors 16-10
47 min: TRY
Before you know it, Tony Williams hits back with a try, thanks to a Warriors error.
16 all
57 min: The important points on offer are well and truly going down to the wire, both sides struggling to get on top of their opponent in this arm wrestle.
64 min: The penalties once again taking hold of this match.
65 min: Warriors with a repeat set, on the attack.
67 min: No try there, and a penalty goes to Manly, who are now themselves on the attack.
71 min: The Warriors with a drop-out, they're going for the win here, just nine minutes to go!
76 min: FIELD GOAL
Hodkinson nails it to put Manly in front!
Manly Sea Eagles 17-16
78 min: Penalty goes to Manly and they'll go for two here!
80 min: PENALTY GOAL
Lyon nails it, as Manly defeat the Warriors 19-16!
Manly Sea Eagles 19-16

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