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Manly runaway victors

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, May 30, 2008.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Manly runaway victors
    By Peter Veness

    May 30, 2008 12:00am

    MANLY 31 CANBERRA 18
    http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,23785748-5001023,00.html

    MANLY delivered a stunning win against a mistake-riddled Canberra, despite being one man down for the whole second half in tonight's round 12 NRL match.

    Referee Sean Hampstead had little option but to send Sea Eagles backrower Adam Cuthbertson to an early shower when his outstretched arm cannoned into the neck of Raiders' forward Troy Thompson in the 31st minute at Canberra Stadium.

    It was a rare Hampstead decision as he went to video referee Paul Simpkins repeatedly in both halves for everything from double movements to forward passes, giving both teams plenty of breathing time in the cold conditions.

    Prior to Cuthbertson's send off Manly had been dominating the game through the boot of skipper Matt Orford.

    He peppered Raiders winger David Milne with an aerial attack in the opening 20 minutes and soon enough former Canberra junior Michael Robertson grabbed hold of one for the first try of the night.

    Ace Raiders half Todd Carney stole the momentum for the home side for the first time late in the opening stanza with a 40-20, his third of the season.

    But the tenth placed side couldn't capitalise, with the score 12-0 to Manly at halftime. With a heavy dew settling on the stadium surface in the second half, Canberra had every reason to be hopeful of coming home strongly.

    And soon enough the halves pair of Carney and Terry Campese were taking advantage of Manly's bunched defence, swinging the ball from side-to-side.

    Fullback Bronx Goodwin bombed a certain try early in the half before the Raiders ran in tries to Carney and winger Colin Best.

    But when Manly centre Steve Matai crashed over the game was beyond Canberra's reach at 24-12.
    Orford confirmed the two points for last year's grand finalists with a field goal and then with less than four minutes to go veteran Steve Menzies made the scoreline barely believable.



    Fulltime
    MANLY 31 (M Robertson M Ballin A Watmough S Matai S Menzies tries M Orford 5 goals, field goal) bt CANBERRA 18 (C Best T Carney T Thurling tries T Carney 3 goals) at Canberra Stadium. Referee: S Hampstead. Crowd: 13,120.
     
  2. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    12-man Manly maul Raiders

    May 30, 2008 - 9:47PM

    Raiders 18 Sea Eagles 31
    http://www.leaguehq.com.au/news/lhqmatchreport/12man-manly-maul-raiders/2008/05/30/1211654315336.html

    Manly delivered a stunning 31-18 win against a mistake-riddled Canberra, despite being one man down for the whole second half in tonight's round 12 NRL match.

    Referee Sean Hampstead had little option but to send Sea Eagles backrower Adam Cuthbertson to an early shower when his outstretched arm cannoned into the neck of Raiders' forward Troy Thompson in the 31st minute at Canberra Stadium.

    It was a rare Hampstead decision as he went to video referee Paul Simpkins repeatedly in both halves for everything from double movements to forward passes, giving both teams plenty of breathing time in the cold conditions.

    Prior to Cuthbertson's send off Manly had been dominating the game through the boot of skipper Matt Orford.

    He peppered Raiders winger David Milne with an aerial attack in the opening 20 minutes and soon enough former Canberra junior Michael Robertson grabbed hold of one for the first try of the night.

    Ace Raiders half Todd Carney stole the momentum for the home side for the first time late in the opening stanza with a 40-20, his third of the season.

    But the tenth placed side couldn't capitalise, with the score 12-0 to Manly at halftime.

    With a heavy dew settling on the stadium surface in the second half, Canberra had every reason to be hopeful of coming home strongly.

    And soon enough the halves pair of Carney and Terry Campese were taking advantage of Manly's bunched defence, swinging the ball from side-to-side.

    Fullback Bronx Goodwin bombed a certain try early in the half before the Raiders ran in tries to Carney and winger Colin Best.

    But when Manly centre Steve Matai crashed over the game was beyond Canberra's reach at 24-12.

    Orford confirmed the two points for last year's grand finalists with a field goal and then with less than four minutes to go veteran Steve Menzies made the scoreline barely believable.

    MANLY 31 (M Robertson M Ballin A Watmough S Matai S Menzies tries M Orford 5 goals, field goal) bt CANBERRA 18 (C Best T Carney T Thurling tries T Carney 3 goals) at Canberra Stadium. Referee: S Hampstead. Crowd: 13,120.
     
  3. Jethro

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    What's going on there? It is exactly the same report but with a different heading from two different internet sources?

    P.S. This is in no way having a go at you BE for posting them.
     
  4. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    LOL someone from either paper was cut n pasting


    Sea Eagles overcome Cuthbertson's high shot to trump Raiders

    Greg Prichard | May 31, 2008
    http://www.leaguehq.com.au/news/lhqmatchreport/12man-manly-maul-raiders/2008/05/30/1211654315336.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1
    Raiders 18 Sea Eagles 31

    MANLY displayed the same level of determination that took them to last year's grand final when they courageously beat Canberra on their home turf despite having replacement forward Adam Cuthbertson sent off in the 31st minute of last night's game.

    Cuthbertson became the fourth player sent off this year - after Cronulla's Ben Ross, Melbourne's Brett White and Canberra's Michael Weyman - for a high tackle on Canberra replacement prop Troy Thompson. Thompson was left prone on the turf and was replaced when he finally got to his feet, after treatment. Thompson returned to the game midway through the second half.

    It was a tremendous defensive effort from Manly, who led 10-0 when Cuthbertson was dismissed and got to 18-0 before Canberra made a fightback. The Raiders cut the deficit to six points midway through the second half, but the Sea Eagles responded tremendously to win.

    The early signs weren't good for the Raiders, with too many turnovers, and Manly quickly got into gear. The feared kicking game of the Sea Eagles brought the desired result in the ninth minute, when winger Michael Robertson caught a shallow bomb from halfback Matt Orford in the corner and came down to get the ball over the line in a tackle.

    The Raiders again made it difficult for themselves, in the 19th minute, when they were pulled up for a forward pass 28m off their own line. The ensuing set did not bring a try to Manly, but a pin-point Orford kick forced another repeat set and the Sea Eagles struck this time.

    Again it was an accurate Orford kick that put Canberra under pressure, his bomb coming down on the try line and Manly fullback Brett Stewart rising to tap the ball back to Matt Ballin, who burrowed over the line. Orford converted for a 10-0 lead.

    Even with their one-man advantage after Cuthbertson went, the Raiders couldn't score, and the next time Manly got down the other end of the field and were awarded a penalty, Orford sensibly took a shot at goal. He was successful, pushing the lead to 12-0.

    Canberra came close to scoring two minutes before half-time, when a grubber kick from hooker Alan Tongue was initially fumbled by Robertson on the line before Tongue got his hand on the ball over the line. But referee Sean Hampstead sent it to video referee Paul Simpkins for a decision and replays showed Robertson grounded the ball in-goal, just ahead of Tongue.

    The Raiders went to the break 12 points down, but with hope of a comeback if they could just hang on to the ball. But the second half began with a continuation of the first-half theme, and Canberra bombing a glorious opportunity to score.

    Winger David Milne broke into the clear down the right-hand side and as the defence came across he chipped ahead for fullback Bronx Goodwin. The ball fell perfectly for Goodwin, but as he tried to catch it with the line wide open he knocked it on.

    Canberra bombed another opportunity with a high-risk pass that resulted in a knock-on barely one metre out from Manly's line in the 50th minute, and two minutes later Manly sat the Raiders on their backsides when second-rower Anthony Watmough stormed through the centre of the ruck to score a soft try. The Raiders looked as though they were the team that was a man down.

    Manly winger David Williams raced away for a 56th-minute try that would have finished the Raiders off, had it been allowed, but it was disallowed because of an obstruction and barely 60 seconds later the Raiders finally got on the board through a try from winger Colin Best. Carney landed a great conversion from out wide and then scored a try himself, in the 63rd minute. Carney's conversion cut Manly's lead to 18-12. Finally, it was game on - but not for long. Manly came back to put the Raiders away for good.
     
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    Manly get gritty 12-man win
    By Josh Massoud

    May 30, 2008
    http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,23785748-5001023,00.html

    MANLY rediscovered their character last night to score the rarest of NRL feats - victory with 12 men.

    In one of the club's grittiest performances, Manly brushed aside Adam Cuthbertson's send-off in the first half to register a memorable 31-18 win over a bitterly disappointing Raiders outfit.

    Cuthbertson struck Troy Thompson across the jaw as the Raiders workhorse brought the ball back from a drop-out in the 32nd minute.

    The boisterous home crowd immediately called for a send-off, and the sight of Thompson prone on the turf hardly quelled their angst. He wobbled off two minutes later, but returned in the 55th minute.

    Thompson was not seriously injured but it was a clear-cut decision. The baying throng got what they wanted with Manly reduced to 12 men for the remaining 48 minutes.

    They led 10-0 at the time, but the misfiring Green Machine looked to be gaining the ascendancy, fighting back to 18-12 with 17 minutes left. The Sea Eagles, however, made sure of a win with tries to Steve Matai and Steve Menzies.

    Referee Sean Hampstead didn't hesitate to give Cuthbertson his marching orders. "You hit him flush, mate, you're off,'' Hampstead said before pointing the dreaded finger skyward.

    The replacement forward was the fourth player sent off this season, but Canberra needed more Manly players to follow to be a hope of overcoming an awful first half.

    Still shuddering from last week's shock loss to St George Illawarra, the 2007 grand finalists arrived at a frigid Canberra Stadium with cold intent.

    Their revitalised edge was evident from the very first tackle - a brutal Steve Menzies shoulder on Scott Logan from the kickoff. The veteran's charge put his men on the front foot early.

    After eight minutes, Manly winger Michael Robertson latched on to a lovely Matt Orford reverse kick, swivelled out of two tackles and touched down in the corner. It was the ex-Raider's ninth try of 2008.

    With 21 minutes gone, Orford launched another kick into Canberra's in-goal for dynamic fullback Brett Stewart to tap the ball back. Hooker Matt Ballin was on the spot to collect the valuable scraps and give the visitors a 10-0 lead.

    Canberra continued to look out of sorts until Todd Carney's 40-20 in the 26th minute. The ensuing attacking raids culminated in the drop-out that delivered the game's defining moment.

    But although they enjoyed a one-man advantage for the remaining eight minutes of the first half, Canberra's handling squandered any chance of replying before the break.

    Canberra were expected to make immediate headway in the second half with their manpower advantage.

    They didn't. Bronx Goodwin and Trevor Thurling bombed certain four-pointers with dropped balls just after the break, and the crucified chances only strengthened Manly's hopes of a remarkable win.

    The unthinkable became probable in the 52nd minute, when Anthony Watmough charged over to extend the gap to 18 points. Given an even spread of players, it would have been good night nurse.
    But the toll slowly began to tell on Manly, especially on the edges. It was there that Canberra struck first in the 57th minute, with Colin Best sneaking over. Seven minutes later, Todd Carney successfully chipped-and-chased to make it 18-12 and all of a sudden the depleted Sea Eagles were in a flap.
     

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