Manly Sea Eagles 44
Tries: K Foran 2, T Trbojevic 2, J Horo, J Lyon, F Mateo, J Sene-Lefao
Goals: J Lyon 6
Brisbane Broncos 14
Tries: J Hodges, L Maranta, J Reed
Goals: J Kahu 1
The Manly Sea Eagles have shown that their season is far from over with an unexpected 44-14 smashing against the table-topping Broncos. With a win being vital to their finals aspirations, the Sea Eagles blew the Broncos out of the water from the get go.
Highly regarded youngster Tom Trbojevic was a late inclusion for the Sea Eagles following the late withdrawal of Steve Matai, and he crossed for the first try of the game when he received a terrific offload from veteran Jamie Lyon. It was Lyon again who sparked Manly’s second try, when he put a shallow kick in that Corey Oates failed to handle, and Keiran Foran picked up the crumbs to score.
Lyon continued his brilliant game when he sliced through defenders to extend the Sea Eagle’s lead to 14-0. With the halftime break looming, Daly Cherry Evans aimed a cross-field kick towards the right wing, and when Tom Trbojevic batted the ball back, it bounced into the hands of Lyon. The classy centre showed that everything he touched was turning into gold, as a desperate banana kick that he put in from the sideline happened to bounce up perfectly for Jesse Sene-Lefao to score a rare try.
The Sea Eagles started the second half the way they finished the first, when Trbojevic split defenders from a kick return before offloading to Jorge Taufua, and eventually Keiran Foran finished off a brilliant 90 metre try.
The Broncos finally got their name on the board when Justin Hodges threw a long ball past two decoy runners, and found Lachlan Maranta in open space on the wing. Regarded as the best defensive team in the competition, the Broncos showed how far they were off their game when Feleti Mateo busted through 3 weak tackle attempts to find the try line. Brisbane scored their second try of the night when Justin Hodges was the beneficiary of a dropped ball from Jorge Taufua.
Justin Horo claimed a try when he pounced on a perfectly weighted grubber from Cherry-Evans, and the Sea Eagles were well and truly in the driver seat with a 38-8 lead late in the contest. Minutes later, the Broncos got a consolation try when Anthony Milford pounced on a dropped ball and raced away before finding Jack Reed in support.
However, the party was yet to finish for the Manly side, and they added another puncture to the wound when Trbojevic picked up a loose ball to score his second try of the match, in what was an impressive performance from the 18 year old prodigy.