Manly Sea Eagles 54
Tries: Peta Hiku 4, Jamie Lyon, Brenton Lawrence, Anthony Watmough, Brett Stewart, Jorge Taufua
Goals: Jamie Lyon 7, Steve Matai 2
Field Goals: nil
Canberra Raiders 18
Tries: Reece Robinson, Jarrod Croker, Jack Wighton, Josh McCrone
Goals: Jarrod Croker
Field Goals: nil
The Sea Eagles took on the Canberra Raiders at Brookvale Oval and capped off a tumultuous week with a 54-18 thrashing of the hapless Raiders.
It was a wet afternoon at Brookvale and the ground looked soggy and torn up before first grade kicked off. Jack Littlejohn was named on the wing but lined up at five-eighth on the left hand side when the game started, allowing Jamie Lyon and Peta Hiku to shift back to their usual centre and wing positions.
Jamie Lyon ended the first set of possession for Manly with a long driving grubber which Anthony Milford proceeded to make a mess of, handing Manly possession ten metres out from the Canberra line and that was the beginning of the end for Canberra.
Manly proceeded to run in tries through Peta Hiku (4th minute), Jamie Lyon (6th minute) and Brenton Lawrence (9th minute) and the Raiders were down 18-0 before they received the ball back for their second set of possession.
The romp continued through the first half and Manly went into the break ahead 42-4 on the back of a brilliant attacking display from Cherry-Evans, a promising performance from Littlejohn, and a Hiku hat-trick. Glenn Stewart left the game early on with an ankle injury and looked doubtful to return. Anthony Milford was kept dead silent as he racked up exactly zero runs, zero tackles and one error for the half.
Most of the second half was largely unmemorable as Manly appeared to go through the motions knowing that the game was over, the highlight was a try to Jorge Taufua after a long in-field kick from Cherry-Evans and Peta Hiku ended the afternoon with four tries to his name, Manly also displayed some of their trademark tough defence early in the half to deny Canberra early points. Canberra ended up “winning” the half 14-12 but it was to be expected that Manly would clock off a little. Jamie Lyon spent most of the half in the dressing room and was seen with a large pack of ice on his left knee.
The full story can be read at the Sea Eagles Blog website.