18,640 people turned out to see a gruelling contest, with Manly forward George Rose suffering a badly broken leg in what will likely be a season ending injury. Billy Slater also suffered a cheekbone injury in a sickening clash with team mate Sam Tagataese. Slater stumbled about with blood streaming from his temple region before leaving the field shortly after half time. He might be out for a couple of weeks.
The opening exchanges of the game saw Melbourne Like