Sea Eagles fly despite injuries

The Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles have given the 14,191 fans at Brookvale Oval a wonderful display of points with a 42-20 victory over the Newcastle Knights. However, the victory was at a cost as Manly played with 13 men in the second forty minutes.

The record stands that if both Stewart brothers (Brett and Glenn) score in a match, Manly are let to concede a loss. Once again, this statistic rings true.

It was a quick start for Manly as co-captain Jamie Lyon was sent through a gap in the Knights defence courtesy of a Glenn Stewart pass. He converted his own try to make it 6-0 after three minutes.

The Stewart brothers on show early as Brett provided the foundation for brother Glenn to power through the defenders to post Manly's second four-pointer. After five minutes, Manly ahead 12-0.

The Knights didn't have a set until the 9th minute of match but it quickly ended with a mistake. However, minutes later with some possession in their favour Akuila Uate crashed over in the corner for the first and only Knights' try of the half. Manly lead 12-4 after 13 minutes.

Tony Williams displayed his talents as he managed to fend off two Knights defenders to break away and score the first of his double. Lyon failed to extend the lead as his conversion met the uprights. Manly ahead 16-4 after 16 minutes.

A darting run from Jamie Buhrer saw him isolate a napping Kade Snowden to get his side on a roll to the line. Manly with a few quick passes saw Daly Cherry-Evans find the Steeden and link with half pairing Kieran Foran. Manly commanding a 22-4 lead with 18 minutes until half time.

Manly continued their dominate points roll with a further three tries scored in the remaining 14 minutes of the first half.

Tony Williams was on the mark to claim his second try of the afternoon as Foran kicked for the in goal area to set up his second rower. Lyon was successful with the conversion to extend the lead to 24 points, 28-4.

Man of the match Brett Stewart was gifted a try back by his brother Glenn has he supplied a quick pass to send Brett into space for Manly's fifth try of the match. The Stewart brothers display giving the home fans something to cheer about after a wonderful set piece.

The final points of the half were post by the man they call the snake as he slipped through defenders off a Tony Williams offload. Brett claimed his second of the match to continue his wonderful record at Brookvale, 64 tries from 68 games.

After a massive points total almost in line with the clock, Manly held a 38-4 lead at half time.

The Newcastle Knights found some form early second half as Manly had lost a number of key players to injury. David Williams, Jason King, Matt Ballin and Jamie Buhrer all had unavailable for the second forty minutes.

The fast flying Fijian Kevin Naiqama bolted down the left touchline to show off his speed with a 50 metre race away try for the Knights. Roberts with the conversion attempted closed the gap to 28 points, 38-10.

Manly failed to defend the next set from the kick restart as Jarrod Mullen strolled through the Manly defence to post the Knights second try in as many minutes. The Knights fans' hope grew as the score read 38-16 with 27 minutes to play.

Kevin Naiqama made the Brookvale Oval crowd nervous with 15 minutes on the clock as he raced in for his second try thanks to a Willie Mason offload. Roberts failed to convert however, score remained 38-20.

With hope in the tank, the Knights could only dream of a comeback with Manly fighting with only 13 players. Manly battled on for the final 15 minutes which saw Jorge Taufua sealed the victory with a late try. Jamie Lyon needed to successful kick the conversion for Manly to leap-frog the Rabbitohs into third on the NRL ladder, but his kick was waived away.

In the final moments of the game, Cherry-Evans attempted to ice the cake with a field goal from 35 metres out, but it faded away. The Sea Eagles flew high with a 42-20 win over the Knights.

It was a must win game for the Novocastrians as a victory today would of seen them climb into the NRL top 8 ahead of Wests Tigers. Sadly for the Knights it wasn't to be. But, the turn their attention to next week with a massive game against the Cowboys. Meanwhile Manly will host the Brisbane Broncos on Friday Night.


Match Details

Manly Sea Eagles 42 defeated Newcastle Knights 20
National Rugby League - Round 24 - Sunday August 19, 2012 3:00pm
Venue: Brookvale Oval
Referee: Jason Robinson and Phil Haines
Video Referee: Steve Clark
Touch Judges: Dan Eastwood and Jason Walsh
Crowd: 14,191
Halftime: Manly Sea Eagles 38 Newcastle Knights 4

Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Brett Stewart (2 Tries)
2 Points - Daly Cherry-Evans
1 Point - Glenn Stewart (1 Try)

Manly Sea Eagles (42)
Tries: Brett Stewart (2), Glenn Stewart, Jamie Lyon, Tony Williams (2), Kieran Foran, Jorge Taufua
Field Goals: Daly Cherry-Evans (0/1)
Conversions: Jamie Lyon (5/8)

Newcastle Knights (20)
Tries: Jarrod Mullen, Akuila Uate, Kevin Naiqama (2)
Conversions: Tyrone Roberts (2/4)

LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary Welcome to League Unlimited's coverage of NRL Sunday as we bring you there third and final game of the afternoon from Brookvale Oval. It's a must win game for the Newcastle Knights as they hope enter the 2012 finals series. With a victory today the Knights will jump into the NRL top 8 ahead of the Wests Tigers.

Both sides have not named any changes with both sides lining up as per the program, 1-17.
FULL TIME in Toyota Cup: Manly have defeated the Knights 30-18
Both sides are out of the sheds and we are moments away here at Brookvale Oval
1 min: We are UNDERWAY here on Sunday Afternoon with the Knights kicking off to give Manly will have first use.
1 min: Penalty to Manly for the Knights kicking the ball out on the full. They have a penalty on halfway to start things here.
2 min: Foran fires the kick across the field but Tahu took the ball in the field of play and forced in goal. Line drop out for Manly.
3 min: TRY
TRY Manly Sea Eagles
Scored by Jamie Lyon. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.

Jamie Lyon gets the first points of the match as he was put through a hole thanks to a Glenn Stewart short ball. Lyon with the conversion added the extras.
Manly Sea Eagles 6-0
4 min: Penalty against Dane Gagai for not being back 10 metres at the ruck. Manly on the attack inside the Knights 40 metre line.
5 min: TRY
TRY Manly Sea Eagles
Scored by Glenn Stewart. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.

Glenn Stewart has powered over the goal line after taking a lovely ball from his brother Brett and claimed the second four-pointer. Jamie Lyon with the conversion makes it 12-0
Manly Sea Eagles 12-0
8 min: Foran kicks on the last for Manly and it rolls dead behind the goals. The Knights finally get their hands on the footy with a 20 metre start.
9 min: UNFORCED ERROR Newcastle Knights
Timana Tahu made meal of the play of the ball as he tried to play it quickly and lost it. Just as quickly as the possession came it went. Manly with the ball through a scrum Manly just inside the Knights 40 metre line.
10 min: Jorge Taufua is unable to take the pass from Brett Stewart on wing and it lands in the arms of the touch judge. Another set for the Knights as they get a scrum feed on the 10metre line.
11 min: Penalty against Jason King for being inside the 10 metres at the play of the ball. Knights find touch and march up field inside the Manly half.
13 min: TRY
TRY Newcastle Knights
Scored by Akuila Uate. Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts successful.

Akuila Uate juggled the flick pass from Dane Gagai and somehow managed to take the pass and dived in the corner. Tyrone Roberts hooked it to the right and waived away.
Manly Sea Eagles 12-4
15 min: Knights complete their set after and kick down to the corner for Brett Stewart who returned it to the defensive line.
16 min: Daly Cherry-Evans fired the kick down field and it was take in the field of play by Kevin Naiqama but he ended up in goal and stepped on the dead ball line. Manly with another chance for points with a line drop out.
16 min: TRY
TRY Manly Sea Eagles
Scored by Tony Williams. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.

Tony Williams took a short pass from Foran and fended away from two defenders to break through the line and score Manly's third four-pointer. Lyon with the conversion hits the posts and misses.
Manly Sea Eagles 16-4 17 min: UNFORCED ERROR Manly Sea Eagles
Brett Stewart failed to take the ball in broken play, if he collected the pass he would of been in a foot race with Kevin Naiqama for points.
18 min: Video referee for Darius Boyd, looking at a possible double movement.
19 min: NO TRY! Darius Boyd is denied his first Knights try after it was ruled a double movement as he forced the ball after grounding it short of the line.
22 min: TRY
TRY Manly Sea Eagles
Scored by Kieran Foran. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.

Manly have powered through the Knights defence as Jamie Buhrer caught Kade Snowden napping at maker. Manly fed the ball between hands from Cherry-Evans who then linked up with Kieran Foran to score Manly's fourth try. Jamie Lyon with the conversion attempt nailed it from in front
Manly Sea Eagles 22-4
22 min: INJURY: Matt Ballin has gone up the tunnel for Manly with a possible lower leg injury.
23 min: Penalty to Manly against Danny Buderus for not clearing the ruck after the held call from the referees. Manly with possession on the Knights 30 metre line to start their set.
24 min: A mistake from Manly sees the possession change hands to the Knights inside their 30 metre line.
25 min: Jarrod Mullen fired the kick downfield and it bounced over the dead ball line. Manly work it away from their own area with a 20 metre restart.
26 min: TRY
TRY Manly Sea Eagles
Scored by Tony Williams. Conversion attempt by Jamie Buhrer successful.

Tony Williams claims his second try of the game after he dived on the kick from Kieran Foran through the line to beat the poor defence from the Knights. Manly extend their lead with Jamie Lyon's kick to a 24 points.
Manly Sea Eagles 28-4
29 min: As it currently stands, if Manly hold this 24 point lead they will jump the Rabbitohs into THIRD position on the NRL ladder.
29 min: Cherry-Evans kicks down field and it rolls over the dead ball line. Knights come up with the ball through a 20 metre restart.
30 min: VIDEO REFEREE for the Knights, Zeb Taia is claiming it and according to the referee we are looking at everything from the kick.
31 min: NO TRY! Zeb Taia is denied a try as his foot went into touch before grounding the ball. The play started when Brett Stewart dropped the bomb which saw Dane Gagai kicked ahead for Taia but he gets the red lights.
32 min: TRY
TRY Manly Sea Eagles
Scored by Brett Stewart. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.

Glenn Stewart giving one back to his brother he is supplied a pass to put Brett into a hole who then streaked away 40 metres to score. Manly have never lost when both Stewart brother have scored. Lyon with the conversion adds the two points.
Manly Sea Eagles 34-4
34 min: A good set after points for Manly as the kick from Foran finds Boyd at the back in the field of play to return it to the defence of Manly
35 min: Manly force a mistake in the contact of the tackle. Manly come up with possession inside the Knights' 30 metre line.
37 min: TRY
TRY Manly Sea Eagles
Scored by Brett Stewart. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.

Brett Stewart took the inside place from Tony Williams and he steps around the defence to score an easy second four-pointer. That is now 64 tries from 68 games at Brookvale Oval. Manly have all but cemented their spot in 3rd on the ladder. Lyon pushes it across the face of goal.
Manly Sea Eagles 38-4
38 min: Cherry-Evans bombs to the air to complete their set deep in the Knights half. They went 95 metres in that set. Knights defence is lacking today. They work it out of their red zone just before half time.
40 min: HALF TIME here at Brookvale sees Manly almost keeping pace with the clock with 38 points points scored in 40 minutes of footy. It has been all Manly in the first half and the Knights have not shown any answer.
41 min: We are back UNDERWAY at Brookvale and Manly will look to smash their biggest win record against the Knights which stands at 48-10. The second half kicks off with Manly firing it down field.
41 min: Massive run from Robbie Rochow to break through the Manly defence but David Williams has crunched him after his 50 metre run. But, before the Knights fans could get excited, Dane Gagai coughed up possession.
42 min: INJURY concern now with David Williams down in back play with a possible lower leg injury. He doesn't look happy and will be coming off the field immediately
43 min: Time off here, Video referee is reviewing something here as Jamie Buhrer is out cold on the deck.
43 min: On replay, it seems that Jamie Buhrer has had a head clash with a teammate, and will be taken off the field. He is forced to walk off the field with the trainers. There is currently only one player available on the bench with Jason King who previously came off the field with an strain in the leg.
44 min: Penalty to Manly for the Knights not releasing the tackled player. They march up field over half way.
45 min: UNFORCED ERROR Manly Sea Eagles
Brett Stewart fails to clean up loose pass and the Knights will have possession through a scrum feed on their 20 metre line.
46 min: Dane Gagai has thrown a four metre forward pass to his winger and it's pulled up by the referees. Scrum feed to Manly on the 40 metre line.
48 min: A touch football set from Manly as the ball is continually thrown around. Kevin Naiqama ended up with the ball in goal and forced in in goal. Line drop for Manly.
49 min: Penalty in front of the sticks for Manly as Chris Houston was ruled offside at the line drop out.
49 min: Video Referee for Manly, possible try for Anthony Watmough. Looking at possible obstruction and whether he was held up at the death.
50 min: NO TRY! Penalty to Knights for an obstruction against Brent Kite who blocked the possible tackle of Anthony Watmough. Knights lucky not to concede points in that set.
51 min: TRY
TRY Newcastle Knights
Scored by Kevin Naiqama. Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts successful.

Kevin Naiqama took the blind side pass from Tahu and sprinted away 50 metres to score the Knights second try. Tyrone Roberts adds the extras with the conversion
Manly Sea Eagles 38-10
53 min: TRY
TRY Newcastle Knights
Scored by Jarrod Mullen. Conversion attempt by Tyrone Roberts successful.

Jarrod Mullen has raced away down field after the Knights threw the ball around to Dane Gagai who broke the line to cut inside to Mullen. Roberts with the conversion nails it from in front.
Manly Sea Eagles 38-16
55 min: Kevin Naiqama juggled the ball from Alex McKinnon and needed up touch thanks to Glenn Stewart. Scrum feed packs down for Manly just inside their half
56 min: Quick hands from Manly has seen Mullen pluck it out and come up with possession. Zero tackle for the Knights on their 10 metre line.
58 min: Bad to worse for Manly as Joe Galuvao is down after copping a shot from the Knights.
59 min: Joe Galuvao rejoins the Manly defensive line and the Knights continue their set attacking inside the manly 40 metre zone.
59 min: Penalty to the Knights against Foran for a second dig in the tackle. They march up field and attack 20 metres out from the Manly goal line.
59 min: Penalty to the Knights against Foran for a second dig in the tackle. They march up field and attack 20 metres out from the Manly goal line.
61 min: The Knights looking a bit more confidence in attack with a good set but Mullen's kick isn't taken well by Tahu in the corner. Manly come up with possession through a 20 metre tap.
61 min: Forward pass ruled from the referee as Tony Williams attempted to offload in the tackle of three Knights defenders. Knights will have another chance with a scrum feed on the Manly 30 metre line.
64 min: TRY
TRY Newcastle Knights
Scored by Kevin Naiqama. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Mullen successful.

Willie Mason provided the platform for the Knights to get moving as he then offloaded to Costigan who put a grubber in for Kevin Naiqama. He raced through the line and claimed his second try. Tyrone Roberts's conversion faded to the left of the posts.
Manly Sea Eagles 38-20
65 min: Dane Gagai took a step towards the line and almost scored but the Manly defenders are ruled offside. Tony Williams has been put on report also for a trip on a Knights player.
65 min: So, Penalty is with the Knight and they attack 10 metres out from the Manly line. It will be a massive set in defence if they can hold out and no concede points.
66 min: UNFORCED ERROR Manly Sea Eagles
Steve Matai has forced the ball dead and Willie Mason almost claimed points. Line drop out for Manly.
67 min: In a similar move that Benji Marshall did for the Tigers, Cherry-Evans has successful provided a short line drop out and it was taken by Foran. After all that he streaked away 60 metres to then be dumped in a tackle. Kade Snowden has been placed on report.
69 min: VIDEO REFEREE for the Sea Eagles...looking at whether Brent Kite has knocked on or kicked it through for Jamie Lyon
69 min: NO TRY! Jamie Lyon is denied points after Brent Kite has been ruled to have knocked on and NOT kicked ahead. So, Knights survive without conceding points.
69 min: UNFORCED ERROR Newcastle Knights
Willie Mason makes an unforced error and George Rose cleans up the mess and come away with it.
70 min: Kade Snowden comes up with a one on one strip and the Knights on the attack 10 metres out
71 min: Uate has tripped over himself as he tried to leapt up to take the Jarrod Mullen cross field kick and it's gone into touch. Manly with a scrum feed as Anthony Watmough limps into the pack. Manly attack out of their red zone.
74 min: UNFORCED ERROR Newcastle Knights
Kevin Naiqama makes an unforced error as he attempted to take the quick pass on the blind side but failed to take it.
77 min: TRY
TRY Manly Sea Eagles
Scored by Jorge Taufua. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.

Jorge Taufua took the cut out pass from Brett Stewart and beat Uate who pushed up too earlier and Taufua strolled through. Lyon pushes the kick way and he needed that goal to force Manly into 3rd spot ahead of the Rabbitohs.
Manly Sea Eagles 42-20
78 min: FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT
ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Manly Sea Eagles
Field goal attempt by Daly Cherry-Evans unsuccessful from 35 metres out.
Manly Sea Eagles 42-20
80 min: FULL TIME at Brookvale Oval has seen Manly down the Newcastle Knights 42-20. The League Unlimited Man of the match is Manly's Brett Stewart.

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