Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
4 days ago
Match summary: Veteran centre Terry Hill has made a successful comeback from retirement, playing an important part in Manly's 26-20 victory over the New Zealand Warriors in Auckland today.
Hill, 33 began his first grade career with the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 1990. He joined Manly after stints with the Roosters and Western Suburbs before linking with Wests Tigers in 2000. He retired in 2004 but made a powerful return to NRL football today. Taking up from where he left off, Hill soon found himself placed on report.
Following a tries to Steve Menzies and Anthony Watmough, the Sea Eagles went to the half time break leading 12-2.
Manly were never headed in the second half and with five minutes to go, were comfortably in front by 26-14.
A late try to Clinton Toopi saw the score pegged back to 26-20, giving the Warriors one final opportunity.
But Manly held out the home side, posting a well deserved victory.
Score details: WARRIORS 20 Tries: L Anderson, W Koopu, C Toopi Goals: Jones 4/4 SEA EAGLES 26 Tries: S Donald 2, S Menzies, A Whatmough, J Hopoate Goals: Witt 3/5
Ericsson Stadium Referee: Sean Hampstead
By the clock: 0 min: Kick Off!!!!
3rd Min: Knock-On By Manly 10 out from the Warriors line.
10th Min: Still 0-0.
16th Min: This is a very mistake ridden game. Still 0-0.
24th Min: Penalty to the Warriors. Jones gets it. Warriors 2-0.
30th Min: TRY-Manly. Steve Menzies scores after a kick by Michael Monaghan was charged down and went into Menzies hands. Witt converts. Manly 6-2.
39th Min: TRY-Manly. Try to Anthony Watmough just before halftime. Witt converts and at Halftime Manly lead 12-2.
46th Min: TRY-Warriors. A little grubber kick of Louis Anderson goes in for the Warriors first. Jones converts and it's 12-8.
49th Min: TRY-Manly. John Hopoate crosses outwide for the Eagles. Witt misses and Manly leads 16-8.
53rd Min: TRY-Warriors. Wairangi Koopu goes in for a Try right beside the posts. Jones converts and it's 16-14 Manly.
56th Min: TRY-Manly. Cross-field bomb by Michael Monaghan and Scott Donald scores out wide. Witt misses and it's Manly leading 20-14.
75th: TRY-Manly. Scott Donald gets a double and Manly wrap the game up. Witt converts and it's Manly 26-14.
77th Min: TRY-Warriors. Clinton Toopi goes iin with 3 mins left. Jones converts. 26-20.
Fulltime: Manly have won 26-20 in a close game. The Warriors will need to improve.
----------------------------------------- Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - M Witt (Sea Eagles) 2 - N Fien (Warriors) 1 - T Hill (Sea Eagles) -----------------------------------------