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News: Manly Return To Form

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  1. Jethro

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    Manly return to form
    18/04/2009 9:31 PM
    Scott Brooks

    The Manly Sea Eagles have continued their resurgence, producing a comfortable 24-8 victory over the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

    In a game that never reached any great heights, the Sea Eagles returned to their clinical best to over-power a lethargic Rabbitohs side, obviously affected by their energy-sapping clash with the Bulldogs just five nights earlier at the same venue.

    The Sea Eagles scored three unanswered first half tries to lay the platform for victory, before taking the foot off the pedal in the second-stanza, giving the mistake-riddled Rabbitohs the opportunity to avoid a drubbing.

    Full-back Brett Stewart continued his stunning form since returning from a well-publicised four-match suspension, posting a double to take his season tally to five tries from just two appearances.

    The Sea Eagles were also well served by the strong-running Anthony Watmough and centre Jamie Lyon who scored two tries and landed four goals for a match haul of 16 points.

    Manly has now tasted back-to-back victories after losing its first four matches of the season.

    The Rabbitohs had a couple of chances early, but it was all the Sea Eagles on the scoreboard with Lyon crossing for tries in the 11th and 18th minutes to give the reigning premiers a 12-0 lead.

    Lyon finished a well-constructed Manly backline spread for his first four-pointer before bursting onto a deft Matt Orford ball from close range for his second.

    Brett Stewart continued where he left off against the Tigers last week, backing up a Watmough bust for a try under the sticks in the 33rd minute to help push Manly out to a commanding 18-0 lead.

    Centre Beau Champion had the chance to put Souths on the scoreboard just seconds before the break, but some desperate try-saving work from Watmough and Heath L'Estrange prevented a much-needed Bunnies' four-pointer

    A typically strong Craig Wing solo try in the 48th minute finally put the Rabbitohs on the board, but any thought of a Souths' comeback was quickly dismissed by a Manly try three minutes later.

    A dropped ball from Rabbitohs skipper Roy Asotasi just after the restart allowed the Sea Eagles prime field position for five-eighth Chris Bailey to slip a superb ball to send Brett Stewart over for his second try of the night.

    Lyon's fourth conversion extended Manly's lead to 24-4.

    A 75m Nathan Merritt intercept try with four minutes to go was mere consolation for the disappointing Rabbitohs.

    South Sydney Rabbitohs 8
    Tries: Wing, Merritt

    Manly Sea Eagles 24
    Tries: Lyon 2, Stewart 2
    Conversions: Lyon 4



    Again, sorry Dan that this article is not submitted the way they are supposed to be but I would if I could but the option is just not there in the "Articles" menu.


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