Melbourne Storm 10
Tries: Marika Koroibete and Cooper Cronk
Goals: Smith x1
Field Goals: Nil
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 12
Tries: Tom Symonds and David Williams
Goals: David Williams (1)
Penalty Goals: David Williams (1)
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles have ended their losing streak beating Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park 12-10.
After an emotional tribute to our ANZACS, the first placed team of the NRL competition and last placed team were ready for kick off.
The Sea Eagles were fortunate enough to have Kieran Foran, Jorge Taufua and Brett Stewart return to the team. This was a huge boost for the side as these players make a significant difference.
The Sea Eagles had a strong start and were first to put points up on the board as David Williams successfully converted a penalty field goal.
The Storm came back and scored the first try of the game, taking the lead 4-2. Blake Green assisted Cooper Cronk in scoring a try following a great pass after breaking through Manly’s defensive line. Cameron Smith failed to convert which was not a good sign for the Storm as Smith usually has a great strike rate.
Daly Cherry Evans replied by kicking a 40/20 and putting Manly in a good position to give his team an opportunity to score before half time.
The Storm went into the sheds leading 10-2 at half time.
The weather conditions were not in favour of the game as heavy rain continued throughout the full 80 minutes. This didn’t stop or limit the players from tackles and great runs. Every team adapts to the wet conditions differently and tonight Manly proved they could step up and play well in the bad conditions.
The Storm struggled in the second half whilst Manly’s defence dominated. Manly were able to keep the Storm scoreless for the entire 40 minutes.
In the final 20 minutes of play Sea Eagles were left a man down after Jamie Buhrer was assisted off the field by trainers due to a knee injury.
Being a man down didn’t stop Daly Cherry Evans in the 71st from delivering a terrific pass to David Williams who scored in the corner. The momentum Manly had been building was demonstrated and rewarded with this try to put them in front again 12-10.
Manly were able to desperately hold onto the lead after the Storm had multiple opportunities to score off Manly’s mistakes but failed.
The Storm have moved down to third place on the ladder while Manly remain on the bottom.
Nothing But League’s Man of the Match: Daly Cherry Evans