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The Manly Sea Eagles' premiership defence continues to gain momentum after an at times scrappy 16-6 defeat of Brisbane in front of 12,886 fans at Brookvale Oval tonight.
The Sea Eagles set up the victory with a clinical first half where they led 16-0 after Brett Stewart scored two tries, but Manly coach Geoff Toovey wouldn't be impressed with his side's error-riddled second-half.
The result leaves the Broncos in danger of sliding out of the top 8 at the completion of games this weekend.
Both sides appeared to be evenly matched for the opening quarter as errors were hard to find. Both teams completed their sets but Manly looked to be the more likely to post points and centre Jamie Lyon opened his side