Manly Sea Eagles 30 v Sydney Roosters 22
The Manly Sea Eagles had to come back from a double figure deficit for the second week in a row to record their second win of the 2006 season, 30-22 over the Sydney Roosters. The Roosters lead 20-12 at half time.
The Roosters scored two early tries to Jamie Soward and Adrian Morley to lead 12-0 after only nine minutes. The Sea Eagles struck back quickly with a nice try to Brett Stewart after a cross field kick, and then Steve Matai scored in the 22nd minute. Two sideline conversions from Matt Orford levelled the match at 12-all. A Fitzgibbon penalty goal and a magnificent breakout try to Anthony Minichello gave the Roosters a 20-12 halftime lead.
The Roosters extended their lead to 22-12 after Travis Burns was penalised in possession for dissent, and Amos Roberts added the penalty goal. Steve Bell was then awarded a controversial try after Steve Menzies caught a bomb and Bell caught the Roosters defence short, despite replays showing that Menzies may have knocked the ball on. Matt Orford scored a great solo try after breaking up the middle and then diving over in the middle of a Minichello tackle, his conversion put the Sea Eagles ahead for the first time, 24-22. The match was sealed with seven minutes to go with another controversial try to Travis Burns, after it appeared the defence was obstructed, the final score Manly 30, Roosters 22.
Manly Sea Eagles: 30
Tries: Travis Burns, Brett Stewart, Matt Orford, Steve Matai, Steve Bell
Goals: Matt Orford 5/5
Sydney Roosters: 22
Tries: Anthony Minichiello, Adrian Morley, Jamie Soward
Goals: Craig Fitzgibbon 3/3, Amos Roberts 2/2
Referee: Tony Archer
By the Clock:
Teams about to run out at Brookvale.
1 min: NEWS The Roosters get us started!
3 min: NEWS Video referee for an early Roosters try.
3 min: TRY Sydney Roosters
An Anasta kick deflects off the posts and is dived on by Jamie Soward. Awarded via benefit of the doubt. Fitzgibbon converts.
9 min: TRY Sydney Roosters
An error from the Sea Eagles has Adrian Morley crash over. Fitzgibbon adds the extras.
14 min: NEWS Video referee for an Eagles try.
14 min: TRY Manly Sea Eagles
A cross kick finds Robinson who passes the ball back to Stewart who scores out wide. Orford nails the sideline conversion.
19 min: NEWS Video referee for a Roosters try...
20 min: NEWS No try - Roosters penalised for obstruction.
22 min: TRY Manly Sea Eagles
Steve Matai breaks through a few weak tackles and scores out wide. Orford repeats his touchline success.
30 min: PENALTY GOAL Sydney Roosters
After a high shot from Kennedy, Fitzgibbon converts the penalty goal.
35 min: TRY Sydney Roosters
A great breakout and top support play has Minichello scoring for the Roosters. Roberts converts.
40 min: NEWS The Eagles break out just on half time, but Matai loses the ball near the line.
40 min: NEWS Back underway at Brookvale!
45 min: PENALTY GOAL Sydney Roosters
Burns is penalised in possession for dissent, and Roberts slots the penalty goal.
52 min: TRY - Sea Eagles
Menzies comes down with the high ball and the ball gets to Bell who scores. Orford converts.
59 min: TRY Manly Sea Eagles
Orford breaks up the middle and scores in some tackles. He converts his own try and Manly take the lead.
Sea Eagles 24-22
73 min: TRY Manly Sea Eagles
Several penalties put the Roosters on their own line, Burns steps inside and scores in the tackle of Minichello. Try awarded by the video referee. Orford converts and it looks like this game is settled.
Sea Eagles 30-22
80 min: NEWS The Eagles show some starch and get up to beat the Roosters.
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 - Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)
2 - Steve Bell (Sea Eagles)
1 - Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles)