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Manly have continued their positive form of late with a comprehensive 36-6 win over a listless Dragons side in Monday night football at Brookvale Oval in front of 9,048 of the Sea Eagles' faithful.
The home side took a bit of time to get into the contest - despite dominating play the Sea Eagles only led 2-0 after the first twenty minutes, courtesy of a Jamie Lyon penalty goal.
Nathan Green eventually opened the scoring through a contentious grounding of a grubber kick in the 24th minute, before the Sea Eagles went on somewhat of a scoring spree. Dylan Walker scored off an overlap three minutes after the Green try, then five before halftime Jorge Taufua scored in a similar style to the left side.
That wasn't enough for the hosts - 16-0 became 22-0 just before the halftime break when Walker bagged his second try off a poorly timed pass from Josh Dugan on the Manly line - the dumped NSW centre running 90 metres to put the Sea Eagles in a winning position at the change of ends.
The Dragons looked to come out with an improved showing in the second half but lacked the penetration, Jorge Taufua joining Walker in scoring a double after exploiting a poor kick contest from the visitors in the 53rd minute.
The victory was seemingly iced in the 66th minute when Jamie Buhrer broke through of the back of a scrum on Manly's own 10m line... then outran several Dragons defenders over the length of the field to score under the posts.
At 32-0 the Dragons managed to hit back through Josh Dugan in the 76th minute before a try on fulltime Brayden Wiliame put a cherry on top of a clinical Manly performance. It's mathematical - but can the Sea Eagles make the finals? And are the Dragons good enough to turn it around?
Both sides enjoy the bye next week, the Dragons returning home to Kogarah on Friday week to host the Titans, while Manly are off to Perth to 'host' the Warriors on Saturday in Round 19.