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Manly out-class Wests Tigers
The Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles have out classed the Wests Tigers in terrible wet weather conditions at Bluetongue Stadium, 26-0. It's the first time the Tigers have been kept scoreless since, Round 12, 2009.
The Tigers were unable to find the in goal despite having six straight sets on the Manly try line. The Sea Eagles took off with four unanswered tries in the second half as they found their feet and began to run the Tigers around.
Tom Symonds claimed the only points in the first half as he cleaned up a mistake from Wests Tigers young gun James Tedesco. They were the only points in the opening 40 minutes, so at half time Manly led 4-0.
Wet weather conditions made ball handling difficult, but tonight the Wests Tigers were run off the park with a step up in class from previous weeks. Tigers coach Mick Potter has questions to answer with captain Robbie Farah pulled off the field middle of the first half and didn't return until the second half.
The Sea Eagles were awarded their second four-pointer to David Williams despite a clear forward pass in the 44th minute.
Manly attacked quickly again minutes later with the same play, this time all legal as David Williams dived over in the far corner of Bluetongue Stadium. Jamie Lyon stuck a beautiful conversion to bring up 14-0 after 50 minutes.
Daly Cherry-Evans posted his own points in the 75th minute as Benji Marshall kicked downfield looking for points. The ball was collected by Brett Stewart who passed to Cherry-Evans who kicked it ahead for himself. He picked it up and bolted downfield for 80 metres to score.
The Sea Eagles secured the victory with a final try in the last 60 seconds to Steve Matai. Brett Stewart on point to provide the foundation for the points with a short pass. The Sea Eagles flew through the Wests Tigers to defeat them 26-0.
Wests Tigers will do some soul searching before they travel south to AAMI Park to do battle with Melbourne Storm next week. Before the Tigers can get to Melbourne, Adam Blair will have to answer a "chicken wing" tackle at the match review panel. Meanwhile Manly will march to ANZ Stadium to face the Bulldogs.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 26 Wests Tigers 0
Venue: Bluetongue Stadium
Halftime Score: Manly 4-0
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Tom Symonds
2 points - Daly Cherry-Evans
1 point - David Williams
MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES (26)
Tries: Tom Symonds, David Williams (2), Daly Cherry-Evans, Steve Matai
Conversions: Jamie Lyon (3/5)
WESTS TIGERS (0)
Penalty Goals: Benji Marshall (0/1)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Tigers - James Tedesco will play on the wing for Matt Utai who is ruled out. Seumanufagai OUT, Masada Iosefa onto the bench
Tom Symonds makes an unforced error as he took the short pass.
Matt Ballin makes an unforced error in the second tackle as Manly were coming off their goal line. Wests Tigers will have a scrum feed only 10 metres from the Manly goal line
Jamie Lyon makes another mistake as the rain making ball handling impossible as this is their third mistake in their third set. Wests Tigers with a scrum again 20 metres out.
Jack Buchanan has dropped it trying to play the ball on the goal line. The ball can't be handled so far, another scrum. Manly with their 5th set but still haven't completed a set
Brent Kite in the collision of the tackle drops the ball.
Penalty goal attempt by Benji Marshall unsuccessful.
Brent Lawrence has been placed on report for a flipping tackle on Blake Ayshford. Benji Marshall attempt the penalty goal is unsuccessful
Steve Matai makes an unforced error.
Both sides managing to complete a set each. Tigers complete their set with a kick down to Stewart, but before it could lead to anything. Steve Matai has lost the ball out of acting half. Wests Tigers with a scrum feed 30 metres out from the goal line.
Jorge Taufua makes an unforced error.
Manly spreading it quickly but the ball goes over the touchline, sets 2/9 for Manly. Scrum feed for Tigers 10 metres out
Scored by Tom Symonds. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon unsuccessful.
Tom Symonds is awarded the four-pointer as James Tedesco is unable to take the kick on the goal line. The mistake sees the ball bounce in goal and Symonds dives on the ball.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 4-0
Steve Matai makes an unforced error as he charged into the defence of Wests Tigers. Tim Moltzen comes away with the ball for the Tigers to start their set on the 20 metre line.
David Williams makes an unforced error.
David Williams is ruled to have knocked on in the ruck. Tigers pack the scrum feed - Farah not looking happy on the sideline
Anthony Watmough makes an unforced error.
KNOCK ON! Anthony Watmough makes a mistake charging into the line. Tigers pack quickly for a final play
Scored by David Williams. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon unsuccessful.
David Williams is awarded the try despite an obvious two metre forward pass from Tom Symonds. Video referee unable to rule on the pass so the try stands. Lyon fails to convert from the touchline.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 8-0
Scored by David Williams. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.
David Williams is awarded the four-pointer has he dived over in the corner once again, no troubles with the passes now. Jamie Lyon with the kick from touch splits the posts in two to get the extras
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 14-0
Chris Lawrence makes an unforced error as he was unable to take the quick pass on the short side. David Williams collects the ball but knocks on, so it's a double knock and a scrum to Manly on halfway
Scored by Daly Cherry-Evans. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.
Daly Cherry-Evans on the end of a crazy play. The Tigers were well on the attack, Marshall's kick was collected by Brett Stewart in goal who questionably passed in goal to Daly Cherry-Evans who kicked it ahead for himself. He pick it up and bolted downfield for 80 metres to score. Jamie Lyon with the conversion is successful.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20-0
Scored by Steve Matai. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.
Brett Stewart provided the short pass and running for Steve Matai to pop through a hole in the goal line to secure the victory. Jamie Lyon slots the conversion as the full time siren sounds.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 26-0