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
The rain continues to fall at Bluetongue Stadium here on the Central Coast as kick off is only minutes away. Both teams have finished their pre-game warm up.
1 min: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES Tom Symonds
makes an unforced error as he took the short pass.
1 min: Tom Symonds
made an error but on the first tackle Marshall slot a kick for the in goal. Brett Stewart
collected the ball a 1m out
2 min: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES 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
A knock on from Robbie Farah
at the ruck as he tried to offload and lost it forward. Ball handling forgotten about here
4 min: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES 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.
Foran diving on the loose ball off the grubber kick from Benji Marshall
but Jorge Taufua
has dropped it cold off as short pass from acting half. Another scrum for Tigers
7 min: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES 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
8 min: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES Brent Kite
in the collision of the tackle drops the ball.
10 min: UNSUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL WESTS TIGERS
Penalty goal attempt by Benji Marshall
Brent Lawrence has been placed on report for a flipping tackle on Blake Ayshford
. Benji Marshall
attempt the penalty goal is unsuccessful
13 min: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES 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.
PENALTY! Obstruction is given against Tigers. James Tedesco
was looking for the goal line. Chris Law
rence ran through the line but Jamie Lyon
committed to the tackle. A dud call from the referee as Manly lucky to come away with the ball.
PENALTY MANLY! Adam Blair
for a high tackle on Tom Symonds
. Manly kicking for touch. 20 metres out
17 min: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES 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
18 min: Wests Tigers
marching up with a great pass short for Moltzen. They march up and own up in attack to earn a line drop out as David Williams
forced for the ball dead.
20 min: Braith Anasta
was flying through off a grubber from Farah. Williams knocks it dead. Line drop out again. Wests Tigers
with their third set on the Manly goal line.
Another line drop out, this is the fourth set in a row. Wests Tigers
applying the pressure. 21mins, no score
24 min: Jorge Taufua
lays in the field of play off the high kick from Marshall and Manly don't concede a line drop out. 24 mins, no score.
25 min: David Williams
watches the ball slowly bounce of the goal line off the long kick from Robbie Farah
. 20 metre restart for the Manly Sea Eagles.
PENALTY to Manly, count 3-1. Adam Blair
ruled to have held down too long in the ruck. Manly find touch 30 metres from the Wests Tigers
Time off, Joe Galuvao
is down, out cold. The stretcher will come on after getting a knee from Tim Moltzen
- Nothing illegal in the tackle.
27 min: Joe Galuvao
is up on his feet and will walk off the field. The medical staff assisting him off. Let's hope he is okay
VIDEO REFEREE for Manly. This looks like it will be green. TRY For Tom Symonds
, referees says it’s okay
Cherry-Evans rockets a kick to the in goal area and James Tedesco
takes the ball dead. Line drop out for Manly
32 min: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES 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.
PENALTY TIGERS. Brett Stewart
was well offside from the kick off Foran. Marshall finds touch and the Tigers work it off their 30 metre line.
A poor kick from Benji Marshall
on the last tackle is taken by Joel Reddy
and it's a turn over for Manly on the 20 metre line
36 min: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES 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
TIME OFF and it's a PENALTY to Tigers, shoulder charge against Anthony Watmough
. Late hit on Miller
PENALTY against Masada Iosefa
for holding down in the ruck. Manly attacking just over halfway
39 min: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES Anthony Watmough
makes an unforced error.
KNOCK ON! Anthony Watmough
makes a mistake charging into the line. Tigers pack quickly for a final play
PENALTY MANLY, Tom Symonds
is ruled to have been offside, but the kick from Marshall doesn't go out
HALF TIME at Bluetongue Stadium sees a low scoring, error filled half over with Manly lead Wests Tigers
The second half is underway at Bluetongue with Manly leading the Wests Tigers
4-0. Robbie Farah
remains off the field with Masada Iosefa
the hooker to start the second half. The rain continues to bucket down.
No penalty coming, Tigers continued play as a fight broke out between Marshall & Iosefa and King. A change over coming up for Manly on their 40 metre line.
PENALTY MANLY against Masada Iosefa
for holding down in the ruck with hand on the ball.
VIDEO REFEREE for Manly, on field referee says TRY. Looking at grounding and sideline for David Williams
VIDEO REFEREE again for David Williams
, looking at touchline and grounding. Ref says TRY
PENALTY MANLY! Chris Law
rence run an obstruction line and it's denied Moltzen points. Manly work it off their goal line
PENALTY TIGERS! Manly ruled offside at the play of the ball. Tigers kick up field and attack on their 40m line
53 min: UNFORCED ERROR WESTS TIGERS Chris Law
rence 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
55 min: Jacob Miller
fires a high ball into the air, James Tedesco
unable to come up with the ball. Manly come up with it on the change over.
55 min: Daly Cherry-Evans
fires the ball out on the full. Wests Tigers
pack a scrum feed on the Manly 40 metre line. 25 minutes to play and Tigers trail by 14 points.
65 min: Tom Symonds
has come off the field for Manly with a blood coming out of his ear. He has been great tonight. Meanwhile through Matt Ballin
when charging for the goal line and it's short. Tigers with the change over only 10 metres from their goal line
PENALTY MANLY, Adam Blair
penalised for a chicken wing tackle. That doesn't look good at all for Blair. Manly attacking only 20 metres from the Wests Tigers
- Points will surely follow here
VIDEO REFEREE for Manly. DCE the scorer, looking for a obstruction. Luke Phillips
says NO TRY
67 min: Daly Cherry-Evans
is denied and gets RED LIGHTS for an obstruction call which was clear as day. Penalty awarded to the Tigers
VIDEO REFEREE for Manly. David Williams
claiming his HAT TRICK, referee says TRY. but he has no idea.
NO TRY for David Williams
. Adam Blair
looked to get a shoulder charge on a Manly attacker, but it's not penalised. However, the call is a line drop out with Blake Ayshford
taking the ball dead
FULL TIME at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford: Manly Sea Eagles 26 def. Wests Tigers