Manly muscle over errant Tigers

Manly have moved into third position with a 36 points to 18 win over the Tigers in front of 11,162 fans at Campbelltown Stadium tonight.

It had been 15 years since the Sea Eagles had traveled to Campbelltown Stadium for an NRL game. They were there to spoil the party for Robbie Farah's 200th and Liam Fulton's 150th games.

Justin Horo has been a revelation after moving from the Eels to the north shore. He showed deceptive speed to latch onto a Kieran Foran grubber to open the scoring.

Not be out-done David Nofoaluma got the Tigers back into the contest with a stunning putdown. He got vertical from a Benji Marshall kick to plant it just inside the touchline. Marshall provided the conversion from the sideline to put icing on the cake of a special try.

Both teams weren't able to control the ball with any conviction spilling it but the Tigers weren't able to capitialise on any of their efforts.

Manly were able to though showing the class of a top four side. Firstly Steve Matai turned two defenders inside out to cross in the 18th minute. Jamie Lyon doubled the dose in the 31st after picking up a loose ball and out-pacing Benji Marshall to the try-line after Tim Simona failed to do so, a minute earlier.

They added another two try salvo after the halftime break with Lyon and Horo picking up braces from simple efforts once again pouncing on errors from the home side. It seemed the celebrations for Farah and Fulton would be muted.

Tigers showed some late spirit though with Curtis Sironen igniting a play down the shortside to send Tim Simona in to shorten the gap. Robbie Farah scored an effort typical of him from dummy-half to give the faint scent of a comeback.

The resistance was short lived though as Manly opted for the penalty goal to make the difference twelve in a game not short for penalties.

Daly Cherry-Evans put the final nail in the coffin when he sold the Tigers side a dummy to slice through for the final try. He was in danger of not finishing the game but instead finished off the Tigers in a 36-18 win.

Match Details
Wests Tigers 18 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 36
Venue: Campbelltown Stadium
Crowd: 11162
Halftime Score: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 16-6

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Kieran Foran
2 points - Justin Horo
1 point - David Nofoaluma

WESTS TIGERS (18)
Tries: David Nofoaluma, Robbie Farah, Tim Simona
Field Goals:
Conversions: Benji Marshall (3/3)
Penalty Goals:

MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES (36)
Tries: Justin Horo (2), Jamie Lyon (2), Steve Matai, Daly Cherry-Evans
Field Goals:
Conversions: Jamie Lyon (5/6)
Penalty Goals: Jamie Lyon (1/1)

LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

Welcome to the golden west for tonight's clash! Tonight Campbelltown Stadium hosts their final fixture of 2013 with the Wests Tigers hosting the resurgent Manly Sea Eagles. Tigers are languishing in 15th position looking to send Marshall out on a high for the rest of the season. Manly will look to consolidate 4th position going into the finals.
TEAM CHANGES:

WST :: Keith Galloway is BACK for the home side. He replaces Shaun Spence on the bench. The other change is Braith Anasta is starting at halfback in place of Curtis Sironen.

MAN :: There is only one change for the Sea Eagles - James Hasson is replaced by David Gower.
Here come the Sea Eagles onto Campbelltown for the first time in 15 years! They are in their white away strip with the purple V. Next up is the strains of 'eye of the tiger' to welcome Robbie Farah who is playing his 200th and Liam Fulton who is playing his 150th followed by the rest of the side, who head to receive the kick-off.
After a well respected minute's silence for Graham Murray.. Manly kick-off and we're underway! Tigers with first use and running right to left.
1 min: Well.. Steve Matai put a little too much mustard in that kick. It went out on the full so the Tigers will start on Manly's 40.
1 min: Not the first touch Robbie Farah would have wanted in his 200th, knocking it on.
3 min: No one can handle the ball currently! Nofoaluma knocks it on the return in which Watmough and Cherry-Evans try to spin it wide but Adam Blair put a nice shot to force it free.
VIDEO REFEREE: Mayhem after the bomb bounced.. checking if anyone knocked on. David Nofoaluma claiming the try.
4 min: RED LIGHTS.. NO TRY! It hadn't touched any Tiger but Tedesco was offside. Changeover.
5 min: PENALTY Eagles - Marshall inside the ten. They will get a whole set in the Tigers half now.
VIDEO REFEREE: Going upstairs once again, checking grounding and offside.
7 min: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Justin Horo. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.
GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! Manly withstand one raid and score on their first attempt! Kieran Foran just dabs a grubber through for Justin Horo to latch onto and ground. Jamie Lyon from in front adds the extras.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 6-0
9 min: PENALTY Tigers and the Campbelltown faithful like that one.
10 min: Tigers try to invent a run-around but it is spilled by Ayshford. Taufua though hands it right back to the home side.
VIDEO REFEREE: DAVID NOFOALUMA! He just appeared from nowhere to plant that down! Checking grounding.
12 min: TRY WESTS TIGERS
Scored by David Nofoaluma. Conversion attempt by Benji Marshall successful.
GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! Wingers are just amazing these days with the height they can produce. Marshall just put it up for Nofoaluma who jumped over his opposing winger to plant the ball while vertical! Benji Marshall does that try justice with a conversion that swings over.
6 all
13 min: Late call there with Brenton Lawrence judged to knock it on after hitting a Tiger.
15 min: All off cries the referee thus a PENALTY to Manly.
18 min: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Steve Matai. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon unsuccessful.
Some early ball from Kieran Foran gave Steve Matai the space needed, he beat Nofoaluma turned Marshall and Ayshford inside out to score! Jamie Lyon provides an out-swinger that evades the posts.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 10-6
21 min: Foran was doing his best impression of a cannonball there.. just crashing into Tedesco with the ball nowhere in sight! PENALTY.
22 min: Momentum rolling for the Tigers.. another PENALTY for being inside the ten. Tap and here we go again!
22 min: Tigers try the run around play again but the Marshall pass is behind and knocked on. Tigers get lucky with a PENALTY for Matai taking out a player without the ball.
23 min: Early kick again from Marshall falcons a Sea Eagle so SIX MORE..
VIDEO REFEREE: Going upstairs for what I thought was a simple grounding by Williams for a dropout.
24 min: As expected.. dropout.
25 min: Another dropout coming here from a Liam Fulton grubber.
28 min: Sea Eagles following a Fa'aoso offload earning a PENALTY.
29 min: Tim Simona is off and running again! From broken play, he evades a tackle and is eying the try-line. Brett Stewart's chase forced him inside and he was rounded up. Tigers earn a PENALTY though as Manly were never onside.
31 min: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Jamie Lyon. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.
Jamie Lyon just showed Simona how it was done. Anasta with the errant pass hits Simona's boot and into Lyon's hands who evades Marshall enough to slide in for the TRY. He put it right under the sticks so another two to the scoresheet.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 16-6
33 min: Farah has been probing for that PENALTY all half and finally caught the markers not square.
34 min: Tigers love the grubber tonight.. Lawrence adding his name to the list. David Williams made a slips catch though to save the day. Dropout incoming!
VIDEO REFEREE: The video referees have been busy this half.. Keith Galloway charges onto a ball lurching for the try-line. I think he was short..
35 min: RED LIGHTS.. NO TRY. He was short. Fifth tackle. Marshall knocks on the rebound.
36 min: Not enough discipline from the Tigers tonight. Strip PENALTY against them.
37 min: Foran who has taken over the responsibility of kicking tonight, chips a kick enough to force Nofoaluma to force it for a dropout.
39 min: Lather, rinse and repeat. Foran earns another dropout.
40 min: Tigers hold on and we'll head to the sheds. HALFTIME Manly 16 lead Wests 6.
41 min: Both teams back onto the turf here at Campbelltown. Kick-off from the Tigers and we're off again!
42 min: Tigers earning another PENALTY for offside. They will start this set on the forty.
43 min: Tigers surrender possession once again, meekly. Seemed Buchanan was playing tunnel ball.
43 min: Scrums are usually un contested but the Tigers PUSH IN THE SCRUM and the ball is back with them. They follow it up with a PENALTY.
44 min: From all that effort, Tigers knock it on AGAIN.
45 min: Now the whistle blows in Manly's direction. Referees keeping a close eye on proceedings early here.
46 min: Kieran Foran hangs a ball up in the air for Jamie Lyon to pounce but the Tigers force it dead. Dropout.
47 min: Would you believe it.. ANOTHER PENALTY! Tigers this time.
VIDEO REFEREE: Upstairs again to check if Williams took the ball cleanly.
49 min: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Jamie Lyon. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.
Nothing wrong with that.. GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! David Williams swooped on another Tigers drop ball and it got to Lyon who strolls in for the TRY. Lyon slams through the conversion.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 22-6
VIDEO REFEREE: Old mate video referee in action again - checking a knock on and grounding on Horo.
54 min: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Justin Horo. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.
GREEN LIGHTS.. TRY! Foran chips one across to Taufua who is taken by Nofoaluma forcing the ball backwards for Horo to clean up and dive in for the TRY. Jamie Lyon from the sideline swings one between the sticks.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 28-6
55 min: Tigers try the short kick-off and get it back!
56 min: TRY WESTS TIGERS
Scored by Robbie Farah. Conversion attempt by Benji Marshall successful.
When the ball hits the ground more than the tackler's then the halves should follow Farah's lead and go up the middle. The captain gets a TRY in his 200th. Marshall slams it over.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 28-12
58 min: SIX MORE to the Tigers!
59 min: Robbie Farah produces a lovely kick to force Brett Stewart to concede a dropout.
60 min: TRY WESTS TIGERS
Scored by Tim Simona. Conversion attempt by Benji Marshall successful.
Nice work down the short side by Sironen sending Simona into space and over for the TRY. Benji Marshall from the sideline.. hits the upright and is in.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 28-18
62 min: After getting a try down that short side, the Tigers have gone back to the well twice again but it has proved once too often. Sironen is taken over the sideline. Manly scrum.
68 min: PENALTY Manly after Jamie Buhrer split the defense. Tigers were never back the ten. Lyon opts for the two.
69 min: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Penalty goal attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.
He pilots it through successfully.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 30-18
70 min: Tigers try the short kick-off routine again but it doesn't come off.
70 min: Tigers try the short kick-off routine again but it doesn't come off.
71 min: PENALTY Tigers. They will start on their own forty.
73 min: The grubber has worked well all evening for the Tigers but Taufua produces a juggling act, circ-de-solei style to recover and earn a PENALTY.
75 min: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Daly Cherry-Evans. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.
That is game over! Cherry-Evans does it all himself selling the dummy and slicing through a gap to put the game to bed and the celebrations will be muted for the Tigers tonight. Lyon after Cherry-Evans brought it around has it right in front and slams it through.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 36-18
80 FULLTIME :: Manly have prevailed in a tough contest - 36 points to 18.
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