1. Manly needed time
Manly Sea Eagles came back and surprised everyone in the second half having their first win of the season. Tom Trbojevic and Matt Parcell stepped up tonight and proved time was adamant for Manly’s success. The partnerships clicked tonight and hopefully this encourages Manly to bring out their best on Saturday night against the Roosters. Being the third round this season, it was clear they needed a couple of games to gel and tonight they showed they are a team and can win as a group. The boys came together as a team and tonight had the spark to go all the way to win. This will boost their confidence for round 4 on Saturday night as they will hope they can turn around their luck and win again.
2. Wet rainy conditions affect Cronulla Sharks
A poor crowd attendance resulting from the cold rainy weather saw only 5,000 fans flock to Brookvale Oval. These conditions can always affect the result and Manly proved to be the better side in the wet, this game. Manly displayed strong defence which helped them win tonight.
Cronulla Sharks started very strong with scoring in the first two minutes of play but then were quiet afterwards. They were kept busy as Manly threw everything at them but the wet and rainy conditions did not work in their favour, as they were unsuccessful in defending their line.
3. ‘Snake’ inspires win at home
The return of Brett Stewart ‘the snake’ made a significant difference to Manly’s performance. Scoring in his first game back and assisting the team to a win, it shows what a valuable player he is for Manly. He portrayed a true leadership character tonight (working together with the Captain Jamie Lyon) in organising the team. His experiences shines through every time he sets foot on the field and he always comes alive when playing.
4. Tom Trbojevic’s fancy footwork
Tom Trbojevic has still maintained his fancy footwork this season, scoring in last 10 minutes of play; sprinting over the half metre line, beating 3 Shark defenders and managed to beat off Ben Barba in a tackle to score himself. He demonstrated his fast feet a lot in the 2015 season and is definitely determined to prove his neat footwork to everyone this year. His fancy footwork talent, brilliant running and useful handwork are huge reasons why he was selected to play for first grade.
IN THE SHEDS
Jack Bird- concussion
Manly Sea Eagles 22
Tries: 4 (Matt Parcell, Brett Stewart, Jake Trbojevic & Tom Trbojevic)
Goals: 3- Jamie Lyon
Field Goals: Nil
Cronulla Sharks 12
Tries: 2 (Luke Lewis & Valentine Holmes)
Field Goals: Nil
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