Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
2 days ago
It was all Manly in the first ten minutes, and the first try came in only the fifth minute through after a break from Andrew Walker who turned the ball into Chris Hicks to score. Walker converted and Manly took an early lead.
The Sea Eagles got their second try two minutes later after Steven Menzies beat about three players to set up Albert Torrens. Walker failed to convert and Manly led 10-0.
The next two tries went to Canberra though, with their first coming in the 19th minute, after Manly's Jason King failed to clean up Matthew Gafa kick into the in-goal area, Gafa diving on the loose ball to score. Clinton Schifcofske converted and the Raiders trailed by only four points.
Canberra got their second try fifteen minutes before halftime following a little grubber kick, again from Matthew Gafa, with Jason Croker diving the ball. Schifcofske converted the Raiders took the lead at 12-10.
The last try of the second half went to Manly after Clinton Schifcofske ran from dummy-half on the last tackle and lost the ball backwards, Menzies kicked the ball forward and dived on it in the in-goal area and Walker converted and Manly led 16-12.
That was the way it remained as the two teams went up the tunnel with Manly leading 16-12.
Manly got another try seven minutes into the second half as Michael Monaghan scored against his old club. Walker converted and Manly led by 22-12.
Manly got their second try in the 13th minute of the second half after Albert Torrens made a great run, got the ball onto Scott Donald to score. Walker missed the conversion and Manly were in front 26-12.
Scott Donald got his second try of the game in the 59th minute after Michael Monaghan put in a grubber kick, the Raiders winger Nathan Smith lost the ball backwards and Donald dived on it. Chris Hicks missed the conversion and it remained Manly 30-12.
Three minutes later the Sea Eagles got a penalty goal and they led 32-12.
Two minutes later Chris Hicks got his second try of the match after Steve Menzies made a break, and Hicks missed the kick and Manly were leading 36-12.
The Raiders got two late tries through Nathan Smith and Tyran Smith but it was all too little all too late with The Manly side running out 36-22 winners.
Manly played well today and deserved the win, while Canberra will have to improve a lot for next week?s game against the Knights.
Scorers: SEA EAGLES 36 Tries: Hicks 2, Torrens, Menzies, Monaghan, Donald 2 Goals: Walker 3/5, Hicks 1/3 defeated RAIDERS 22 Tries: Gafa, Croker, N.Smith, T.Smith Goals: Schifcofske 3/4
By the clock: 1st min: Kick Off!!!
3rd Min: Luke Davico drops the ball over the line, still 0-0.
5th Min: TRY-MANLY, After a big break from Andrew Walker, he passed the ball to Chris Hicks to get an early try, Walker converts, Manly lead 6-0.
7th Min: TRY-MANLY, Manly's second try in two minutes, this time to Albert Torrens after Steven Menzies beat about 3 Raiders players. Walker misses the kick at goal. Manly 10-0.
10th Min: Rain starting to fall, Manly 10-0.
13th Min: Raiders had two chances on Manly's line, but couldn't score. Remains Manly 10-0.
16th Min: Raiders have 53% of the possession but yet they are still down 10-0.
19th Min: TRY-CANBERRA, Jason King drops the ball for Manly, Matthew Gafa kick ahead into the in-goal area, Walker stops the ball and Gafa dives on it to score the Try. Schifcofske Converts. Manly lead 10-6.
25th Min: TRY-CANBERRA, Jason Croker scores a Try off a little grubber kick from Matthew Gafa, Schifcofske converts and Canberra hits the lead 12-10.
29th Min: Canberra blow another chance after Jason Croker knocks the ball on 10m out from the Manly line.
31st Min: TRY-MANLY, Clinton Schifcofske runs from dummy-half on the last, losses it backwards and Steven Menzies kicks it forward and dives on it over the line. Walker converts and Manly lead 16-12.
37th Min: Still 16-12 to Manly here, the rain has stopped now.
39th Min: Video Referee No Try to Manly after Luke Williamson doesn't ground the ball over the line.
Halftime: At halftime Manly lead the Canberra Raiders 16-12. Canberra have had some chances but bombed a lot of them.
The Raiders have had 54% of the possession and the Eagles with 46% of the possession. Canberra lead the penalty count 5-1 and Manly have made 157 tackles to Canberra's 131 tackles.
41st Min: We are back underway in the second half!
45th Min: Manly blow a great chance after Jason King drops the ball off a Solomon Haumono pass.
47th Min: TRY-MANLY, Michael Monaghan scores for Manly after running through a gab to score against his old team. Walker converts and Manly lead 22-12.
51st Min: Matthew Gafa losses the ball 10m out from the Manly line and they blow another chance.
53rd Min: TRY-MANLY, Scott Donald scores after Albert Torrens made a great run and got the ball on to Scott Donald, Walker misses and it remains Manly 26-12.
57th Min: Mark Mclinden kicks on the 2nd tackle only 5m out from the Manly line, and they blow another chance. Manly still leading 26-12.
59th Min: TRY-MANLY, Scott Donald gets his 2nd Try today after a grubber kick from Michael Monaghan and Nathan Smith losses the ball, Donald dives on it. Hicks taking the kick at goal misses it, remains Manly 30-12.
62nd Min: Penalty to the Eagles right in-front, Chris Hicks gets the goal, Manly 32-12.
64th Min: TRY-MANLY, Chris Hicks gets his 2nd try today, after Steven Menzies got the ball to Chris Hicks, Hicks misses the kick, Manly 36-12.
74th Min: TRY-CANBERRA, Nathan Smith gets a Try outwide for the Raiders, Schifcofske converts, Manly lead 36-18.
79th Min: TRY-CANBERRA, Tyran Smith gets another late Try of Canberra and scores, Schifcofske missed and Manly lead 36-22.
Fulltime: Manly were just to good for Canberra today, and will be very happy with their performence. The Raiders will have to improve a lot for the next game against the Knights, in the end Manly 36-22.
----------------------------------------- Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - M Monaghan (Sea Eagles) 2 - S Menzies (Sea Eagles) 1 - M Weyman (Raiders) -----------------------------------------