Just wasn’t meant to be for Manly

The Manly Sea Eagles have played one of their most determined performances this season, in tonight’s game against South Sydney Rabbitohs. Hosting the Rabbitohs in front of a home crowd at Brookvale Oval they desperately attempted to come back in the second half. With so many lost opportunities and Brett Stewart’s kicks (in particular) not going in the right spot it just showed how Manly were just not meant to win tonight. They had so many chances but failed to get over the line to score. They were able to keep the intensity of the game high as they were very desperate to score just that extra try to level the scores, unfortunately it could not be done.

 

Rabbitohs kept scoreless in second half

Rabbitohs improved a lot from last week coming out and scoring three tries in the first 15 minutes of play. They were the only points of the night and still managed to win.

Manly managed to defend their line so well that they were kept scoreless in the entire second half. They impressed in defence and managed to hold on to their lead the entire game.

 

Apisai Koroisau has found his position

With Daly Cherry Evans (DCE) out with injury, Apisai Koroisau filled in the halfback, number 7 position tonight for Manly and did a brilliant job. He definitely showed through his passing and running at the defensive line that he has the capability of being an excellent halfback. It would be interesting pairing DCE and Koroisau in the halves together when DCE returns to play with their game strategy being effective and similar. Coming over to the Sea Eagles from the Panthers Koroisau would be grateful he has found a position that suits him. He definitely uplifted Manly tonight with his plays and especially his break through the line to score a try in the 59th minute.

 

South Sydney suffer without Sam Burgess

Watching tonight’s game, I only saw three players make an impact on the field. Greg Inglis with his exceptionally good defensive effort the entire game which is a huge factor to how Souths held on to the lead. Sam Burgess for his efforts on taking the ball up the field and his courageous plays coming back from his neck/ back injury last week. Lastly, Cameron McInnes who scored 2 of the 3 tries tonight for South Sydney Rabbitohs. Besides Keary making a few good tackles the rest of the players were really quiet and yes they all contributed to defence but without Inglis Manly would’ve definitely gone over the line and scored.

When Sam Burgess is out of the team injured, they always seem to lose. Maybe it’s a mental thing? But Rabbitohs should be thankful Burgess returned or the score line could’ve been much different.

 

IN THE SHEDS

Manly Sea Eagles:

  • Josh Starling- hand injury

South Sydney Rabbitohs:

  • Damien Cook- Concussion

 

FINAL SCORE

Manly Sea Eagles 12
Tries: 2
Goals: 2
Field Goals: Nil

Penalty Goals: Nil

 

South Sydney Rabbitohs 16
Tries: 3
Goals: 2
Field Goals: Nil

Penalty Goals: Nil

Nothing But League’s Man of the Match (MoM)-

Apisai Koroisau