Sea Eagles out-grit Raiders

The Manly Sea Eagles have come away with a hard earned 16-10 victory over the Canberra Raiders in front of 10,871 fans at Brookvale.

The home side have had a tough run over the past month- coming up against all three of their fellow top four sides during the period.

 Despite being outside the top eight, the Raiders proved to be more than a handful, dominating possession for the first 60 minutes of the match and throwing everything at the Manly Sea Eagles before burning out in the final 15 minutes. 

It was the Raiders who opened up the scoring after four back-to-back sets. Edrick Lee scored in the corner in the 11th minute. Jarrod Croker failed to convert. 

The Sea Eagles hit back through Jamie Lyon minutes later who. Lyon also missed the shot at goal, leaving scores level. 

The Raiders were over again when Lee plucked a Josh McCrone cross-field bomb out of the air to score his second in the 21st minute; Croker added the extras. They took control of the match from there, dominating possession and field position but failing to get over the try line.

A penalty a few minutes out from half-time saw Manly on the attack and they did not waste the opportunity, with Williams scoring in the corner. Lyon failed to add the extras.

After the break, the Raiders threw everything at the Sea Eagles again with series of back-to-back sets at the Sea Eagles' line, but the homeside's defence proved too good. The Sea Eagles were rewarded for their hard work with back-to-back sets in the 67th minute. They took advantage of the opportunity through Williams who scored his second try to give his side the lead for the first time in the match. Lyon failed to convert again.

Justin Horo looked to have sealed the win in 75th minute with his try, but when Lyon failed to convert the game remained up for the taking.

Jack Wighton looked to have scored in the 79th minute to give his side one last chance, however, video referee Matt Rodwell denied Wigton after replays showed he knocked the ball on.

Both sides will enjoy a bye next week before their round 13 clashes. A fortnight away the Sea Eagles take on the Warriors in Auckland, and the Raiders host the Broncos in Canberra.

 

Match Details
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 16 Canberra Raiders 10
Venue: Brookvale Oval
Crowd: 10871
Halftime Score: Canberra Raiders 10-8

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Anthony Watmough
2 points - Edrick Lee
1 point - Matt Ballin

MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES (16)
Tries: Jamie Lyon, Anthony Watmough, David Williams, Justin Horo
Conversions: Jamie Lyon (0/4)

CANBERRA RAIDERS (10)
Tries: Edrick Lee (2)
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (1/2)

LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

Good evening Rugby League fans and welcome to Brookvale Oval where the 4th placed Manly Sea Eagles take on the 10th place Canberra Raiders.

The home side will be eager for a win coming off their round 10 draw with the Melbourne Storm. The Green Machine will also be desperate for some points after dropping out of the top eight last weekend following their loss to the Cronulla Sharks.

Geoff Toovey has made no late changes to the Sea Eagles side. For the Raiders, Jarrod Croker makes his return to the team. Croker will start in the centres with Jack Wighton shifting to wing and Sandor Earl pushed out of the squad.
1 min: Reece Robinson kicks off to get us under way at Brookvale!
5 min: David Shillington hits Steve Matai high and Sea Eagles get a penalty on halfway.
5 min: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Anthony Watmough makes an unforced error.
Anthony Watmough knocks on playing the ball a few metres from the try line.
6 min: Reaiders are on the attack after bust down the right hand touchline through Ferguson and Wigton.
7 min: The Sea Eagle are pinned for being off side and the Raiders will get a penalty 10 metres from the try line.
7 min: The Raiders get another penalty.
8 min: The Raiders force a line drop out.
10 min: The Raiders will get another line drop out after a Ferguson kick is forced dead by the Taufua
12 min: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Edrick Lee. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker unsuccessful.
TRY! Edrick Lee scores in the corner after the Raiders spread it out wide through Jarrod Croker. Croker fails to convert from the touch line.
Canberra Raiders 4-0
13 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Brett White makes an unforced error.
Brett White loses the ball 30 metres out from his own line.
15 min: Glenn Stewart might have a try for the Sea Eagles.
15 min: NO TRY! Campese held Stewart up.
18 min: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Jamie Lyon. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon unsuccessful.
TRY! Ballin slices through the Raiders' defence on halfway, the Sea Eagles spread it out wide and Lyon scores in the corner. Lyon's conversion attempt from the right touchline is unsuccessful.
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20 min: The Raiders are five metres in side Manly territory after break down the touchline by Lee.
22 min: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Edrick Lee. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.
TRY! Josh McCrone puts up a cross-field bomb on the last and Lee plucks the ball out of the air to score for the Raiders. Crokers conversion attempt is successful.
Canberra Raiders 10-4
23 min: The Raiders will get a penalty on halfway after Daly Cherry-Evans send the kick off out on the full.
25 min: Wigton throws a hospital pass and the Sea Eagles regain possession.
25 min: Manly receive a penalty 10 out from their own line and will get a piggyback up the field.
25 min: Cherry-Evans goes to the air on the last and Blake Ferguson diffuses the bomb a few metres out from his own try line.
26 min: The Raiders receive a penalty 30 out from their own try line.
28 min: Campese kicks it through 10 metres out from the Sea Eagles line and the ball goes dead.
29 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Daly Cherry-Evans makes an unforced error.
Cherry-Evans is pinned for a foward pass 30 out from the Raiders' line.
30 min: Campese goes to the air on the last and Hiku diffuses the bomb in his own in-goal.
32 min: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Peta Hiku makes an unforced error.
Peta Hiku coughs up the ball 22 metres out from his own try line.
33 min: The Sea Eagles survive.
35 min: The Sea Eagle receive a tackle count restart 30 out from the Raiders' goal line.
36 min: Lee intercepts a Manly pass to save the day for his side.
38 min: The Sea Eagles receive a penalty 30 out from their own goal line.
40 min: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Anthony Watmough. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon unsuccessful.
TRY! The Sea Eagles spread it out wide and David Williams scores in the right corner. Lyon fails to add the extras. That's all the action for the first half.
Canberra Raiders 10-8
41 min: Cherry-Evans kicks off to get us under way in the second half
41 min: Campese goes to the air from 35 out on the last and Lee reclaims the ball for the Raiders 20 out from the Manly line after and the Raiders will get another six.
42 min: The Raiders receive e a penalty a few metres out from the Manly goal line.
43 min: Wigton is bundled into touch on the goal line. Sea Eagles scrum on their own 10 metres.
46 min: The Raiders receive a penalty 20 out from their own goal line.
48 min: The Sea Eagles receive a penalty 28 metres out from their own goal line.
48 min: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Jamie Lyon makes an unforced error.
Jamie Lyon loses the ball from the tap restart on halfway.
50 min: Campese grubbers from a few metres out from the try line but Foran takes the ball.
51 min: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Steve Matai makes an unforced error.
Matai knocks the ball on halfway and the Raiders will go on the attack again.
52 min: Campese puts up a cross field bomb and after contest for the ball between Williams and Croker the ball goes loose and Lee knocks it forward before Lyon is tackled in the in goal. Tap 20.
54 min: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Jamie Lyon makes an unforced error.
Lyon throws a forward pass and the Raiders will get a scrum 10 short of halfway.
54 min: The Raiders receive a penalty and will go on the attack again.
55 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
**PLAYER1** makes an unforced error.
The Raiders cough up the ball and the Sea Eagles survive another raid on their goal line.
57 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Josh Papalii makes an unforced error.
Papalii loses the ball on halfway and the Sea Eagles will receive a rare attacking opportunity.
58 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Anthony Milford makes an unforced error.
Anthony Milford can't hold onto a Cherry-Evans bomb and the Sea Eagles will get a scrum ten out.
60 min: The Sea Eagle force a line drop out.
62 min: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
**PLAYER1** makes an unforced error.
Wigton saves the day for the Raiders.
63 min: Campese might have a 40/20.
63 min: Matt Rodwell denies Campese a 40/20/
64 min: The Raiders receive a penalty 25 out from their own line.
64 min: Campese fails to find touch for the Raiders gifting the Sea Eagles an opportunity 40 out from the Raiders' goal line.
66 min: Edrick Lee saves the day for the Raiders.
67 min: The Sea Eagle a tackle count restart 30 out from the Raiders' line.
68 min: Williams might have his second!
69 min: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by David Williams. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon unsuccessful.
TRY! The Sea Eagles get the green light after Jamie Lyon draws in defenders before spreading the ball out wide Williams who scored in the corner. Lyon's conversion attempt from the right touchline. Lyon fails to convert.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 12-10
73 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Edrick Lee makes an unforced error.
Edrick Lee knocks the ball on 31 metres out from his own goal line.
75 min: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Justin Horo. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon unsuccessful.
TRY! Keiran Foran grubbers the ball into the in goal and Justin Horo scores for the Sea Eagles and that might seal up the match for them. Lyon misses the conversion.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 16-10
75 min: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
**PLAYER1** makes an unforced error.
The Robinson goes for the short kick off and it just goes the 10 before the Sea Eagles knock it on.
76 min: Manly come up with the ball 11 out from their own goal line after Milford kicks it on the fourth.
79 min: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Steve Matai makes an unforced error.
Matai loses the ball 12 metres out from his own goal line and the Raiders will get one last chance.
79 min: Milford grubbers the ball into the in goal and Wigton is there to claim a try but knocks the ball on. There just over a minute to go.
80 min: Dane Tilse and Anthony Watmough throw some punches and their team mates run to join in. Penalty to the Sea Eagles, Tilse is on report, but Cherry-Evans just takes the tap and kicks the ball into the crowd because siren has sounded.
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