Four Pointers: Manly Sea Eagles 14 Brisbane Broncos 24
A strong start from Manly fell away quickly as the Broncos gained momentum and starting building pressure and piling on points on Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium. The Manly side gained fourteen points in no time, and then left it up to Brisbane for the remainder of the match.
Good Starts Don’t Always Make Happy Endings
While Manly made a brilliant start to the match, it didn’t lead to a happy ending for the ‘home’ side, who eventually lost by ten points. With three tries in the opening ten minutes, and an incredibly dominant performance, it looked as though the Manly Sea Eagles may just get away with it… though, it didn’t quite work out that way. The fourteen points they quickly piled on were the only ones they saw for the rest of the match, and the Broncos starred in the second half, picking up twenty-four unanswered points that led them to victory in a packed out Suncorp Stadium. The Sea Eagles were making crucial errors and let silly mistakes get in the way of them and a victory.
Momentum is Crucial
The momentum shift in the match on Saturday night was crucial in the outcome of the match. It was all Manly in the first half (more so the opening ten minutes), and in the second half, it was Brisbane, and it was the momentum shift that played an important role in the end result of the match. When a team has the momentum, it is hard for the opposition to break, and this was shown well during the Manly v Broncos match on the weekend. The momentum shift caused Manly to make mistakes and for the Broncos to show off their skill.
Broncos Show Their Skill
Without a doubt, the Broncos are one of the best sides in the competition when they want to be. It was clear in the second forty that at half time, the wise words of Wayne Bennett lifted the spirits of his side, which enabled them to perform with more enthusiasm, allowing them to show off the skills that they possess in the spine, which is then carried out throughout the rest of the team on the field. This skill level that was displayed made it easier for them to build pressure, gain points and eventually get a win over the Manly Sea Eagles that cemented them into the top four on the NRL ladder as it currently stands.
Manly Missed Turbo Tom
Manly’s young gun fullback Tom Trbojevic was one of, if not Manly’s best on the field on Saturday night, scoring the opening try for the side in just the second minute of the match. He made two line breaks and was near perfect on the night, until he fell to the field in an awkward position, which has caused severe damage to his knee and to his ankle. It was obvious that when he left the field, Manly seemed to struggle a little more. A team’s fullback is essential to their side, and when ‘Turbo Tom’ left the field, the Sea Eagles looked to have depleted even more. Coach Trent Barrett was disappointed, and uncertain about his future, saying that “he could be gone for the year, I don’t know. Not only did it [the tackle] cost us the game, but it cost us one of our best players.” Barrett believes it was a dangerous tackle and should have been taken more seriously. Trbojevic is set to miss six to eight weeks as a result of the injury.
Manly Sea Eagles:
Tries: T. Trbojevic, A. Koroisau, J. Taufua
Goals: A. Koroisau (1)
Tries: A. Milford, C. Oates 2, K. Nikorima
Goals: J. Kahu, 4