The Manly Sea Eagles have massacred the Parramatta Eels 54-0 in blazing hot conditions at Lottoland.
The match was hit with a 40-degree day and the team to capitalise early would run away with the win. The Sea Eagles with three tries in the opening 12 minutes had put the Eels defence in all sorts of trouble with fatigue setting in, the Manly side then continued the pressure making the scoreline 30-0 at the halftime break. The thought was that the Eels would come out better in the second half but the floodgates unlocked and the home side scored another 4 tries to make the result 54-0 for the Sea Eagles first win of 2018.
The tone was set early in summer-like conditions with impact from the Sea Eagles big men forcing the Eels on the back foot producing penalties through the middle with runs and offloads troubling the away side. Halves Cherry-Evans and Lachlan Croker piled on the pressure off the back of the dominance from their forwards to help pile on 5 first-half tries. The heat ate away at the Parramatta side with them unable to come back in the second half having the Manly side dominate with 80% possession cutting through the tired Eels forwards from multiple line breaks and adding four more tries.
The halfback for the Sea Eagles put on a clinical display in front of the home crowd throughout the match with an early try taking on the line to open the scoring. The number seven was dominant, producing a 40/20 after points while pinning the Eels side in their end for a number of forced goal-line dropouts. Cherry-Evans produced a masterclass that controlled the fixture from the opening stages right until the final whistle while adding to his credentials as one of the games best converting 9/10 kicks throughout the afternoon.
EARLY TROUBLE FOR EELS
The signs for the Parramatta side were ominous with their forwards being dominated and being forced to give 10-metre line and ill-disciplinary penalties allowing multiple sets of attack to their opposition. The second half the side stopped the flow of points from the Sea Eagles but earlier damage and fatigue setting in the errors continued to plague the blue and gold team allowing more points for the home team to win.
Coming into this match the Parramatta Eels had beaten the Sea Eagles in their last 6 games dating back to 2014, Not only was that streak broken but the final result of 54-0 to the Manly team was the biggest ever win by the side against their rivals.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
“It was tough conditions to play in for both teams, very proud of our effort particularly the nil is most pleasing in that heat.”- Trent Barrett
“There wasn’t a bad player on the field for Manly today, really good to be a part of.”- Daly Cherry-Evans
“They need to feel the hurt, we need to show more respect for ourselves, need to show more for our club and our fans.”- Brad Arthur
Sea Eagles 54
Tries: Cherry-Evans, Apisai Koroisau, Addin Fonua-Blake, Curtis Sironen (2), Croker, J.Trbojevic, Perrett, Taufua
Goals: Cherry-Evans 9/10
Sea Eagles: 1 Tom Trbojevic, 2 Jorge Taufua, 3 Brad Parker, 4 Brian Kelly, 5 Akuila Uate, 6 Lachlan Croker, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans (c), 8 Addin Fonua-Blake, 9 Apisai Koroisau, 10 Martin Taupau, 11 Joel Thompson, 12 Curtis Sironen, 13 Jake Trbojevic.
Interchange: 14 Jackson Hastings, 15 Shaun Lane, 16 Lloyd Perrett, 17 Kelepi Tanginoa.
Eels: 1 Bevan French, 2 Josh Hoffman, 3 Michael Jennings, 4 Jarryd Hayne, 5 Kirisome Auva’a, 6 Corey Norman, 7 Mitchell Moses, 17 Kane Evans, 9 Cameron King, 10 Tim Mannah (c), 15 Brad Takairangi, 11 Manu Ma’u, 13 Nathan Brown.
Interchange: 8 Daniel Alvaro, 16 Suaia Matagi, 12 Tepai Moeroa, 18 Will Smith.
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