BRISBANE BRONCOS 36
Tries: Jack Reed 2, Dale Copley 2, Lachlan Maranta, Alex Glenn, Matt Gillett
Goals: Corey Parker 2, Ben Hunt 2
Field Goals: nil
MANLY SEA EAGLES 10
Tries: Kieran Foran, Jamie Buhrer
Goals: Jamie Lyon
Field Goals: nil
As suspected earlier in the week the Sea Eagles team included Jack Littlejohn and James Hasson for the injured Daly Cherry-Evans and Anthony Watmough. Both are hopeful of returning next week. The Broncos decided to take a cautious approach with Justin Hodges and rested him for the week.
An early penalty put the Broncos in good field position early on and they took advantage of it through a Lachlan Maranta try. You can bet Geoff Toovey would not have been happy with the decision as replays suggested Maranta fumbled the ball in the lead up.
The Broncos continued their hot start and took advantage of huge amount of possession to take their lead out to 20-0 by the half hour mark of the game.
On the back of their one and only first half penalty Manly finally got on the board in the 32nd minute through a determined individual effort from Kieran Foran. The Sea Eagles had chances to put more points on the board before half time but couldn’t execute their plays with their usual clinical precision, and the Broncos went into half time up 20-4.
The Broncos continued their dominance into the second half and racked up an unassailable 30-4 lead through a double to Dale Copley.
Manly found a tiny glimmer of hope when Jamie Buhrer crossed for a try from well executed play from a Jack Littlejohn pass, but all that was gone when Matt Gillett put the final nail in the coffin, picking up a loose ball and scoring a length of the field try taking the final score to 36-10.
Manly looked off from the start of this game. The Broncos go forward off the back of some tough running and smart offloads, along with a nice run of penalties and a little luck really took it out of Manly. The Sea Eagles struggled to get any sort of momentum in defence or attack despite the wonderful efforts of Kieran Foran in his return from injury. Manly have struggled quite a bit this year against the lower quality sides and this game continued that trend, it’s something Geoff Toovey will need to address if they’re to get through the middle part of the season in relatively good shape.
It’s a short turnaround to the Bulldogs on Friday night at Brookvale Oval and Manly will be up for that game, like they always are for the big games. Kieran Foran and Jamie Lyon will be better for the run this week and hopefully Daly Cherry-Evans and Anthony Watmough can take their place in the side.
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