Manly Sea Eagles 30
Tries: 5 (Jorge Taufua, Brett Stewart x2, Ligi Sao & Daly Cherry-Evans)
Goals: 5/5 (Jamie Lyon x5)
Field Goals: 0
Newcastle Knights 10
Tries: 2 (James McManus & Tariq Sims)
Goals: ½ (Tyrone Roberts)
Field Goals: 0
On Mothers day at Brookvale Oval, the struggling Sea Eagles took on the twelfth placed Knights. Manly have only won two games in the 2015 season, both against the Storm. The Knights were on a four game losing streak and were looking to stop that from becoming five.
The game started level, with neither teams scoring in the opening 15 minutes. This changed in the 18th minute, will quick ball hands from the Manly boys. Jorge Taufua burst through the Knights defense to score in the left hand side of the field, giving Manly a 6 point lead. Brett Stewart went in for his 150th try in the 22nd minute, with a nice kick from Peta Hiku. Stewart is only the 10th player in NRL to score 150 career tries. Manly now have a 12 point lead after 25 minutes. In the 34th minute, the video referee called No Try after the ball missed the foot of Gagai. Manly were ready to respond, after a mistake James McManus caused Manly to receive the ball at the 20 metre mark. Two minutes later, Ligi Sao was in to score under the posts after a great passing play from play maker, Daly Cherry-Evans.
At halftime, Manly has a considerable lead of 18 points to nil, with tries from Jorge Taufua, Brett Stewart and Ligi Sao.
Six Minutes after the halftime break, the Knights struck with James McManus crawling his way into the left corner of the field, similar to where Taufua scored in the first half. A nice pass opened up the gap for McManus to score, Tyrone Roberts missed the conversion. Ten minutes after McManus’ try, Daly Cherry-Evans kicked a 40-20 to give an opportunity for Manly. The opportunity was seized by Brett Stewart who crossed the line for his second try of the game and his 151st of his career, leveling Manly legend Steve Menzies’ record. Manly now had a 26 to 4 point lead over Newcastle with just over 20 minutes remaining. In the 64th minute, a mistake from Brett Stewart meant that the Knights got another set of six to try to score against the strong Manly side. The Knights didn’t need the full set, going right next to the points straight away. The on field referee took the play up to the Video Ref, who ruled No Try. Daly Cherry-Evans scored off quick hands from his counterpart Brett Stewart to score in the 66th Minute, giving manly a even larger lead of 30 points to 4. The Knights wanted to last say, with Tariq Sims scoring in the 72nd minute bringing the score line to 30 points to 10.
Both sides played very well, with Brett Stewart scoring twice and leveling with Steve Menzies. Brett Stewart the Nothing But League Man of the Match.