THE Manly Sea Eagles have trounced the Parramatta Eels 40-6 in front of 11,232 fans at Parramatta Stadium.
No team was able to grab the upper hand early in the match, while the Eels dominated possession and were at the right end of a lop sided penalty count, they failed to capitalise on their opportunities.
Back to back penalties placed the Eels right on the attack in the 20th minute, however, Ben Roberts decision to put up a cross-field bomb on only the third tackle was going to prove to be costly. Steve Matai plucked the kick out of the the air and raced 30 metres before passing to Jorge Taufua who raced 70 metres to score. Jamie Lyon added the extras.
Parramatta almost hitback with a try 10 minutes later on the back of some quality running, a premature whistle blow cost the homeside and on the back of a penalty the Sea Eagles were over again, this time through David Williams. Lyon missed the conversion from the touchline.
The Sea Eagles were over again minutes before half time with Jorge Taufua scoring in the corner. Lyon added the extras to give the Sea Eagles a 16-point-lead going into the break.
After the break the Sea Eagles took off where they left, scoring tries in the 49th, 56th, 60th and 64th minutes before the Eels finally got on the scoreboard in the 69th minute through Semi Radradra who did it all himself.
Both sides were given several quality attacking opportunities in the final ten minutes, but neither team managed to trouble the scoreboard attendant.
Parramatta Eels 6 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 40
Venue: Parramatta Stadium
Halftime Score: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 16-0
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Jorge Taufua
2 points - Jamie Lyon
1 point - Jamie Buhrer
PARRAMATTA EELS (6)
Tries: Semi Radradra
Conversions: Jake Mullaney (1/1)
MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES (40)
Tries: Jorge Taufua (2), David Williams (2), Justin Horo, Daly Cherry-Evans, Brett Stewart
Conversions: Jamie Lyon (6/7)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
In team news, the Eels see a positional change with Mitchell Allgood shifting to the bench. As a result Daniel Harrison moves to the bench.
Manly Sea Eagles are unchanged and will take the field 1-17 tonight.
Eels: 1. Jake Mullaney 2. Ken Sio 3. Ryan Morgan 4. Willie Tonga 5. Semi Radradra 6. Api Pewhairangi 7. Ben Roberts 8. Tim Mannah (c) 9. Matt Keating 10. Fuifui Moimoi 11. Reni Maitua 16. Mitchell Allgood 13. Darcy Lussick
Interchange: 14. Joseph Paulo 15. Peni Terepo 12. Daniel Harrison 17. Junior Paulo
Sea Eagles: 1. Brett Stewart 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Jamie Lyon 4. Steve Matai 5. David Williams 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Brenton Lawrence 9. Matt Ballin 10. Brent Kite 11. Anthony Watmough 12. Justin Horo 13. Glenn Stewart
Interchange: 14. Richie Fa'aoso 15. Jamie Buhrer 16. David Gower 17. George Rose
David Williams makes an unforced error.
NO TRY! David Williams knocks the ball on contesting it. Tap 20 for the Eels.
Scored by Jorge Taufua. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.
TRY! The Sea Eagles turn attack into defence. Roberts puts up a cross-field bomb on the last and Steve Matai wins the contest, he makes it to his own 30 before passing to Jorge Taufua who races 70 metres to score. Lyon adds the extras.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 6-0
David Williams makes an unforced error.
David Williams knocks on a few metres out from the try line and the Eels are off the hook.
Semi Radradra makes an unforced error.
Semi Radrada knocks on with in 10 metres of the tryline.
TRY! The Sea Eagles spread it wide to David Williams who atones for his earlier mistake and scores. Lyon fails to convert the try.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 10-0
Fuifui Moimoi makes an unforced error.
Moimoi loses the ball 10 out from the try line and another chance goes begging for the Eels.
Scored by Justin Horo. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.
TRY! Justin Horo muscles his way over the tryline on the last tackle. Lyon's conversion attempt is successful.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 16-0
Scored by Daly Cherry-Evans. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.
TRY! Daly Cherry-Evans produces some fancy footwork to score. Lyon converts from in front.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 22-0
TRY! Foran puts Brett Stewart over the try line. Lyon adds the extras.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 28-0
Scored by David Williams. Conversion attempt by Jamie Lyon successful.
TRY! Williams claims his second try. Lyon converts from the side line.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 34-0
TRY! Williams, Lyon, and Cherry-Evans combine to set up a try 90-metre try for Jorge Taufua. Lyon adds the extras.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 40-0
Scored by Semi Radradra. Conversion attempt by Jake Mullaney successful.
TRY! Semi Radradra runs 30 metres to score in the corner for the Eels. Jake Mullaney kicks a difficult conversion.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 40-6
Ben Roberts makes an unforced error.
Ben Roberts knocks on a few metres out from tryline.
Richie Fa'aoso makes an unforced error.
The Sea Eagles are pinned for a forward pass ten out from the Eels' line.