Manly embarrass Wests Tigers at Brookvale

The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles have climbed to the top of the NRL ladder after a controversial start their eventual win over Wests Tigers, 40-8, at Brookvale Oval in front of 13,432.

Wests Tigers fans, captain Robbie Farah and his teammates were left fuming at match officials after David Nofoaluma was denied a certain four-pointer as he reached out for the try line. However, no video referee referral saw the try robbed from Nofoaluma in the 2nd minute.

The momentum swung dangerously against the visitors with the Sea Eagles running in 22 unanswered points in the first forty minutes. Peta Hiku awarded his try just 60 seconds after Nofoaluma was denied as Manly went 100 metres in a single set.

Hiku collected his second try just minutes later as he took a bullet pass from Kieran Foran to beat Chris Lawrence over in the western corner.

Foran followed Hiku's lead as he posted his own double as half time approached (25th and 38th minute). The Sea Eagles capitalised on poor discipline from Wests Tigers to take a 22-0 lead into the sheds.

Blake Austin came up with the greatest solo try saver of the season as he denied Jamie Buhrer from scoring a certain try as his defence prevented the ball touching the grass on five occasions.

The Sea Eagles returned to the scoring points in the 50th minute with young gun, Clint Gutherson sailing into the corner off a solid pass from Man of the Match, Kieran Foran.

The Wests Tigers showed some signs of life mid-way through the second half with Keith Lulia (58th minute) and David Nofoaluma finally getting on the board (70th minute.) The Tigers closed the gap to 20 points, Sea Eagles up 28-8 as they headed into the final 10 minutes.

Brett Stewart and Daly Cherry-Evans closed out the game with their names added to the try scorers sheet in the space of two minutes (76th and 78th minute). Manly embarrassing Wests Tigers, to equal their biggest losing margin against the boys from Brookvale.

There are some injury concerns out of this match with Pat Richards (groin) and Clint Gutherson (ankle) falling to return to the field. Justin Horo and Robbie Farah were both placed on report in the match for a crusher and dangerous tackle respectively.

The road to September doesn't get any easier for Wests Tigers with a visit to ANZ Stadium as they prepare to clash with Canterbury. Meanwhile the Sea Eagles head across the bridge to Jubilee Oval as they face St. George Illawarra on Monday Night.


Match Details
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 40 Wests Tigers 8
Venue: Brookvale Oval
Crowd: 13432
Halftime Score: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 22 Wests Tigers 0

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Kieran Foran
2 points - Clinton Gutherson
1 point - Brett Stewart

MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES (40)
Tries: Peta Hiku (2), Kieran Foran (2), Clinton Gutherson, Brett Stewart, Daly Cherry-Evans
Field Goals:
Conversions: Jamie Lyon (6/7)
Penalty Goals:

WESTS TIGERS (8)
Tries: Keith Lulia, David Nofoaluma
Field Goals:
Conversions: Blake Austin (0/2)
Penalty Goals:


LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

First piece of LATE MAIL has been confirmed with Wests Tigers ruling out Matthew Lodge who takes his place in the club's Under 20s. This will see a change to the NRL bench, which will be announced closer to kick off.

LATE MAIL: Wests Tigers - Sauaso Sue returns early from injury to replace Matt Lodge on the interchange bench.

LATE MAIL: Sea Eagles - A few changes for Manly with Clinton Gutherson replacing Jorge Taufua who has been sidelined with an ankle strain and Jason King ruled out with a hip injury which allows Tyson Andrews to makes his NRL debut

Full time in Holden Cup at Brookvale Oval sees the Manly Sea Eagles end the 7 game winning streak of the Wests Tigers, 40-32, in a see-sawing match. The Sea Eagles record their fourth straight win.

Welcome to LeagueUnlimited's LIVE coverage from Brookvale Oval as the Sea Eagles host the Wests Tigers in a milestone match as Jamie Lyon celebrates his 250th NRL match, while Dene Hatalau for Wests Tigers celebrates his 200th. The Sea Eagles will hope to make up for their lapse in judgement when the Tigers shocked them with victory in Round 5 at Leichhardt Oval earlier this year. Mitchell Moses plays his second NRL game at fullback tonight and he will hope to impress one of the games great number #1's in Brett Stewart.

Still awaiting kick off here at Brookvale, shouldn't be too much longer.

Young, Lleyton Giles is delivering the NRL match ball via the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.He is joined along with Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.

1: We are UNDERWAY at Brookvale Oval as the Wests Tigers kick off. Manly are running left to right in the first half.

2: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Peta Hiku makes an unforced error.

Peta Hiku comes up with a fumble of the ball as he was under pressure from the last tackle kick. Chris Lawrence rushing up and getting him short of the try line. Scrum for the Tigers 10 metres out

3: David Nofoluma has been denied a certain try as he reached out of a tackle but Shayne Hayne rules a knock on! Scrum for Manly

3: VIDEO REFEREE for the Sea Eagles, looking at obstruction as Brenton Lawrence collected Luke Brooks

3: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Peta Hiku. Kick to come.

Peta Hiku gets the GREEN LIGHTS from the video referee. Brenton Lawrence ruled not to have obstructed Luke Brooks despite making contact with him. Hiku took a floating pass from Brett Stewart and Manly go the length of the field after the Tigers were robbed a try

4: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.

Jamie Lyon slots the conversion from wide out on the sideline and the Sea Eagles take an early lead

6: Back to back penalties for the Sea Eagles, official warning given. Robbie Farah on report for a lifting tackle in the ruck. Manly attack 10 metres out from the kick for touch

6: Knock on against Wests Tigers as the pass was knocked down. Manly attack 10 metres out

7: Aaron Woods is penalised and the count is 4-0 after 7 minutes as Woods was not square at marker on the goal line.

8: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Peta Hiku. Kick to come.

Peta Hiku gets GREEN LIGHTS as he beat Chris Lawrence to the corner and grounds the ball just before the post. The Sea Eagles on the back of four penalties have held most of possession.

9: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon unsuccessful.

Jamie Lyon with the attempt of conversion is unsuccessful from the sideline.

10: Time off here with Mitchell moses down after a possible crusher tackle from Justin Horo

10: Justin Horo has been penalised and placed on report for a crusher tackle on Mitchell Moses. Wests Tigers get their first penalty of the game and the kick for touch sees them attack just 10 metres short of half way

12: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Daly Cherry-Evans makes an unforced error.

Daly Cherry-Evans gets hands on a loose pass following a 20 metre scramble for the ball as the Sea Eagles chipped ahead on last tackle.

13: Markers ruled not to be square from the first set from the change over. Wests Tigers attack deep inside the Manly half.

14: Chris Lawrence traps Kieran Foran in goal as the short kick from Robbie Farah from acting half on last tackle gives the Tigers a line drop out.

15: UNFORCED ERROR WESTS TIGERS
Pat Richards makes an unforced error.

Pat Richards unable to hold onto possession after taking a tip on from Lawrence, Peta Hiku's tackle puts him under pressure and the ball comes free. Scrum for the Sea Eagles 15 metres out from their try line.

18: Pat Richards has come of for Wests Tigers with a possible groin injury. Straight into the sheds for the winger.

18: UNFORCED ERROR WESTS TIGERS
Sauaso Sue makes an unforced error.

Sauaso Sue comes up with a mistake according to the referees and the Sea Eagles have a scrum on half way

20: Penalty to the Wests Tigers, second effort in the ruck from Josh Starling. Kick for touch gives them possession 10 metres from half way

21: UNFORCED ERROR WESTS TIGERS
Aaron Woods makes an unforced error.

Aaron Woods fumbles the ball as he tried to play the ball on last tackle, silly mistake gives the Sea Eagles a scrum 10 metres out

22: Steve Matai's kick on last tackle is allowed to bounce over the sideline by Moses. Scrum for Wests Tigers just off their own try line.

24: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Kieran Foran. Kick to come.

Kieran Foran finishes off a brilliant break as the Sea Eagles pack turns the shifting defence of the Wests Tigers around and the Manly side goes 60 metres easily.

26: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.

Jamie Lyon with the conversion attempt slots it easily and the Sea Eagles extend their lead

28: Penalty to the Sea Eagles, count is 5-3. This against Blake Austin for a hand on the ball in the ruck. Manly attack 20 metres out from the try line.

30: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Jamie Buhrer makes an unforced error.

Jamie Buhrer unable to get hands on the knock down from the kick off DCE and it's a change over for Wests Tigers 10 metres off their try line

31: UNFORCED ERROR WESTS TIGERS
Robbie Farah makes an unforced error.

Robbie Farah spills the ball after a surging run from Martin Taupau as he tore open the Manly defensive line and gained 40 metres. Manly with possession deep in their own half

32: Penalty to the Wests Tigers, strip the call in the ruck from Peta Hiku. Wests Tigers attack 10 metres short of the half way line.

33: Blake Austin chips for the in goal on last tackle but it's collected by Clint Gutherson in the field of play where he begins the Manly set.

34: Great run from Nofoaluma and a penalty on the end of it. Tigers just 10 metres out

35: Back to back penalties for Wests Tigers, James Gavet has the ball stripped out. The Tigers attack 10 metres out.

35: UNFORCED ERROR WESTS TIGERS
Martin Taupau makes an unforced error.

Martin Taupau juggles the short pass from James Gavet at the line and it's a scrum for Manly. Tigers struggling to get anywhere in attack.

37: Curtis Sironen was tackled in the air by Brett Stewart, no penalty comes. Line drop out for the Wests Tigers to give the Sea Eagles a repeat set

38: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Kieran Foran. Kick to come.

Kieran Foran somehow manages to get out of a tackle and step through James Gavet and Mitchell moses. He takes the short inside pass from Matt Ballin and the Sea Eagles are easily jumping ahead.

39: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.

Jamie Lyon from right in front nails the conversion attempt

40: HALF TIME at Brookvale Oval, and the Sea Eagles lead the Tigers 22-0. It started horribly for Wests Tigers with Shayne Hayne denying David Nofoaluma a certain try after failing to review. Manly however have returned serve and run over the visitors

41: Second half is UNDERWAY here at Brookie with Wests Tigers down 22-0.

41: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Matt Ballin makes an unforced error.

Matt Ballin comes up with a fumble from the first set completed kick. Scrum for Wests Tigers 10 metres out from the Manly try line

42: Penalty to Wests Tigers on the try line, offside is the call as Chris Lawrence surged for the try line.

43: UNFORCED ERROR WESTS TIGERS
Martin Taupau makes an unforced error.

Martin Taupau comes up with another mistake as the Wests Tigers attempt a run around play. Scrum for Manly 10 metres off their own try line.

45: Brilliant work from Lawrence and Lulia, the long kick downfield sits up in goal and the Tigers earn a line drop out.

47: UNFORCED ERROR WESTS TIGERS
James Gavet makes an unforced error.

James Gavet comes up with a fumble of the ball in the ruck trying to play it quickly. Scrum Manly

48: Penalty to the Sea Eagles against James Gavet for a second dig in the ruck. Kick for touch sees them attack just 30 metres out from the Tigers try line.

49: ZERO TACKLE for the Sea Eagles as a little chip kick was played at by the Tigers on the try line. Manly just 5 metres out

50: VIDEO REFEREE for the Sea Eagles, we have a TRY for Jamie Buhrer.

50: NO TRY for Jamie Buhrer after Blake Austin came up with perfect one-on-one try saver to hold up Buhrer in goal. Perfect.

51: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Clinton Gutherson. Kick to come.

Clinton Gutherson gets the GREEN LIGHTS after taking a pin-point floating pass from Foran and it's another try for Manly, and certainly the nail in the coffin for Wests Tigers

52: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.

Jamie Lyon with the conversion attempt nails the points from the western sideline.

56: Mitchell Moses watches the kick from Cherry-Evans roll dead. Scrum for Wests Tigers 10 metres off their own try line.

58: TRY WESTS TIGERS
Scored by Keith Lulia. Kick to come.

Keith Lulia finishes off a running play for Wests Tigers as he took a short pass from Chris Lawrence to dive over in the eastern corner. The play came after a surging run from Blake Austin to break the Manly defence over.

59: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION WESTS TIGERS
Conversion attempt by Blake Austin unsuccessful.

Blake Austin takes the paintwork of the posts and it's an unsuccessful kick from the sideline

61: Keith Lulia goes so close for his second try as the Tigers through Blake Austin kept it alive on the last tackle. Change over on the 10 metre line.

62: Kick from Daly Cherry-Evans is out on the full as he looked to complete the set. Wests Tigers have possession from inside the Manly half.

63: Nothing going right for Tigers. They cough up possession for Manly 30 metres out from the try line.

64: UNFORCED ERROR MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Dunamis Lui makes an unforced error.

Dunamis Lui comes up with a mistake as he attempted to overload the ball. Wests Tigers attack 40 metres out from the Manly line.

66: Penalty to Wests Tigers, Robbie Farah had the ball helped out and Wests Tigers attack 20 metres out from the Manly try line.

66: Chris Lawrence comes up with a fumble as the Tigers shifted to the left side of Brookvale Oval. Manly with possession.

67: Penalty to Wests Tigers, meanwhile Clinton Gutherson has come off the field with an ankle injury. He has limped off with the trainers and gone up the tunnel.

69: VIDEO REFEREE for David Nofoaluma as he dives over in the corner off a short pass at the line.

69: TRY WESTS TIGERS
Scored by David Nofoaluma. Kick to come.

David Nofoaluma gets GREEN LIGHTS from the video referee as he dived over and planted it down in the western corner.

69: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION WESTS TIGERS
Conversion attempt by Blake Austin unsuccessful.

Blake Austin with the conversion attempt swings the kick wide of the posts across the face of goal

72: Penalty to Wests Tigers, Aaron Woods has the balls stripped out. The Tigers attack 40 metres out from the Sea Eagles try line

74: Ava Seumanufagai gets caught with the ball on last tackle. Change over deep in their own half

76: VIDEO REFEREE for the Sea Eagles. Jamie Lyon appears to have held Robbie Farah off the ball. Brett Stewart is the try scorer here.

76: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Brett Stewart. Kick to come.

Brett Stewart gets GREEN LIGHTS despite Jamie Lyon holding off Robbie Farah from an attempted tackle. Stewart streaks away as a result the Sea Eagles extend their lead

77: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.

Jamie Lyon with the conversion attempt from beside the uprights.

78: TRY MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Scored by Daly Cherry-Evans. Kick to come.

Daly Cherry-Evans soccers ahead after Brett Stewart made a break through the line off a chip kick from Foran. Brilliant form from the Sea Eagles to come up with another four-pointer

79: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES
Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.

Jamie Lyon slots the conversion attempt from next to the uprights and the Wests Tigers will be embarrassed by this performance tonight.

80: FULL TIME at Brookvale Oval sees the Sea Eagles embarrass Wests Tigers 40-8 in front of just over 13,000 fans.

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  • Beachy

    WOW, did Robbie Farrah write this? This is the most biased, one sided review of a match I think I have ever read...

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