defence did fall right off but Eels got above average luck as well with some of their tries . i st half bright attack from Manly can mainly be attributed to Walker adding another dimension and Foz just being so skillful and both exiting which again is going to need some serious attention but then Turbo will be a key improvement returning and if he can stay on the paddock . Haumole was well contained as Lane should have been but Manly just do so much better in attack with that bit more spread and again just like Lane , having a guy like Haumole or positioning him hitting the line a bit wider with the right set up play and against any type of structured opposing defence . Koula can be used better also but just that type of game last night . . .The Eels knew our biggest threats were on our RHS attack, DCE gave early ball to Koula several times but the Eels had stacked defence on that side and neither he nor Haumole could make much impression.
They did that at the cost of the other side which is why every time we sent the ball left we made a lot of ground.
Defense was our downfall, obviously as they scored 7 tries. Massive disruption of our team in the last 2 weeks hindered us badly in that but looking at the whole season Manly's priority #1 is to get the defence in order. Better to win games 14-12 than to lose 36-20.