The Manly Sea Eagles have crossed the bridge and conquered the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 20-6 at ANZ Stadium in front of 18,563.
The first half saw a dominate performance from the Sea Eagles with three tries. Jorge Taufua on display with a double thanks to some crafty ball skills. His first in the 10th minute saw him chime in the back line off a short pass from Brett Stewart. Jamie Lyon brought up his 800th career point with the conversion. Manly, 6-0.
Brett Stewart laid the foundation once again, this time for co-captain Jamie Lyon who ran the support play which saw the centre create a four-pointer from nothing. He danced and dummied over under the uprights to extend Manly's leads after 27 minutes.
Just before half time, Jorge Taufau claimed his second try as he raced through the defence to clean up grubber kick from Kieran Foran. The video referee awarded the four-pointer as Jorge Taufau managed to ground the ball just inside the dead ball line. As a result of the late try, at the break, Manly 18-0 leaders over Canterbury-Bankstown.
The Bulldogs were presented some chances throughout the second half, however the only four-pointer added to the board was to captain Michael Ennis. The video referee awarded the try as no obstruction was found on replay. Tim Lafai took the conversion in place of the suspended Krisnan Inu.
At full time at ANZ Stadium, The Manly Sea Eagles with class defence held out a weakened Bulldogs pack, 20-6.
Next week the Sea Eagles return home to Brookvale Oval as they meet the Cronulla Sharks. Meanwhile the Bulldogs head across town to Allianz Stadium to do battle with the flying Sydney Roosters.