Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
3 days ago
The Manly's premiership defence is gaining momentum as they posted back-to-back victories with a 34-10 trouncing of Parramatta at Brookvale Oval this afternoon in front of 15,916 fans. Sea Eagles centre Jamie Lyon turned in an impressive first half performance to again further his claims for an Origin recall as he helped dismantle his former club.
It looked like an upset was on the cards when Jarryd Hayne raced 30 metres to score the first of his two tries in the 8th minute but a crushing tackle from Anthony Watmough in the 12th minute derailed any hopes Parramatta had of victory.
The Eels lost dynamic halfback Kris Keating in the tackle to a broken jaw after a sickening head clash with Watmough.
The tackle also served as a wake-up call for the Eagles as they went on a try scoring spree.
The Eagles crossed the line four times before the break, to shut the Eels out of the game 22-4 at halftime.
Lyon was instrumental in two of the tries to again give voice to the cries for him to be returned to a Blue jumper.
He set up the first Eagles try, racing 30 metres before linking up with Matt Ballin who scored adjacent to the posts. In the second, he drifted across field, taking defenders with him before throwing a beautiful flick pass to David Williams who crashed over in the corner.
One of the only highlights for Parramatta, in a game which they also lost Nathan Cayless to concucssion, was the performance of fullback Hayne.
He was in everything trying to ignite the Eels, as he scored an incredible solo try in the 54th minute.
With nothing on, Hayne received the ball on the 5th tackle and grubbered towards the posts, getting a fortuitous bounce off the posts as he regathered to score.
However, it wasn