Manly Sea Eagles have overwhelmed Brisbane Broncos in the indigenous doubleheader at Suncorp winning 38-24.
The Broncos at home were met with a Manly side hungry from the opening minutes.. A tight back and forth clash in the first half startled the Brisbane crowd with the Sea Eagles coming out in the second passage continuing their damaging performance against a dull opposition. A controlled and complete game saw Manly break a five-game losing streak to win 38-24.
MANLY FIND THEIR WIN
After a horrible month and a few mediocre performances, the Sea Eagles found their form from the opening rounds to beat a flat Brisbane team. In front of another great crowd at the Suncorp doubleheader Manly was devoted to turning their season around, dominating the opening 40 minutes they were fluent in both attack and defence not looking back to win convincingly.
The fans of the Broncos watched their team fall at Suncorp playing unenthusiastically throughout the match. It was lack of impact through their middle forwards, changes that Wayne Bennett had made before the game with James Roberts and Jack Bird switching sides for centre roles failed with him experimenting more mid-match also.
Jake and Tom Trbojevic were outstanding besides a few hiccups for the fullback earlier on, they both were able to combine as they had earlier this season through the middle helping Tom back into Blues contention. Jake performed incredibly against an intimidating Brisbane pack to score two tries through sheer determination while making 44 tackles giving nothing to the Broncos on their line.
TOUGH ROAD AHEAD
It is a tough month for both sides moving forward with the Broncos meeting the Roosters at home next week while playing Storm and Sharks also in the next few weeks. Manly even after a crucial win against Brisbane have a treacherous road ahead playing away in Melbourne, Canberra and New Zealand in the next four rounds.
Sea Eagles 38
Tries: J.Trbojevic (2), Thompson (2), Koroisau, Uate
Goals: Cherry-Evans 7/9
Tries: McCullough, Thaiday, Milford, Isaako
Goals: Isaako 4/5
Sea Eagles: 1 Tom Trbojevic, 2 Matthew Wright, 3 Moses Suli, 4 Brian Kelly, 5 Akuila Uate, 6 Dylan Walker, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans (c), 8 Addin Fonua-Blake, 9 Apisai Koroisau, 10 Martin Taupau, 11 Joel Thompson, 12 Shaun Lane, 13 Jake Trbojevic
Interchange: 15 Frank Winterstein, 16 Lloyd Perrett, 17 Taniela Paseka, 18 Thomas Wright
Broncos: 1 Darius Boyd (c), 2 Corey Oates, 3 James Roberts, 4 Jack Bird, 5 Jamayne Isaako, 6 Anthony Milford, 7 Kodi Nikorima, 8 Matthew Lodge, 9 Andrew McCullough, 10 Sam Thaiday, 11 Alex Glenn, 12 Jaydn Su’A, 13 Tevita Pangai jnr
Interchange: 14 Payne Haas, 15 Joe Ofahengaue, 16 Korbin Sims, 17 Tom Opacic