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Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

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    Manly back on track beating Tigers 48-16
    By Steve Jancetic

    The hoodoo - if there ever was one - was well and truly put to bed with Manly securing their first ANZ Stadium win since April last year with a 48-16 thumping of Wests Tigers.

    Looking to end a worrying recent record at NRL headquarters and put an end to a sluggish two-game losing streak, the Sea Eagles put the foot on the pedal after the break to run out convincing nine tries to three winners.

    The win lifted them level with Melbourne on 34 competition points, but the confidence gained by winning at the grand final venue could prove far more valuable should they return to the ground on the first Sunday in October.

    Brett Stewart, Steve Menzies and Glenn Hall all scored doubles as the Eagles treated the large crowd - which built throughout the match in anticipation of the second game of the double header - to a superb second half performance when they outscored the Tigers 32-10.

    The loss left the joint venture club with only a mathematical chance of qualifying for the finals, the Tigers now almost certain to make it three straight seasons without post-season football following their 2005 triumph.

    The early signs were ominous with two Matt Orford kicks within the opening six minutes needing video adjudication as the visitors looked for an early confidence builder.

    It was a case of third time lucky as Stewart pounced on Orford's next grubber, however the lead was shortlived with Daine Laurie bullocking over Anthony Watmough to lock it up after 19 minutes.

    Three minutes later and the lead was restored, Stewart turning provider to send Michael Robertson over before a crucial no-call on what looked to be a forward pass from Adam Cuthbertson allowed Menzies to glide over for his first just before halftime.

    Menzies' late thrust was just the appetiser though as the Sea Eagles ran in three tries in the nine minutes after the restart to turn a 16-6 lead into a 32-6 rout.

    There was no let up either with Steve Bell and Glenn Stewart joining the try-scoring party, the Tigers' sole joy coming late in the game when Daine Laurie completed his double as he showed great hands and footwork to slide over untouched.
  2. Jethro

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    Sea Eagles post clinical win

    by Luke Pentony on Aug 23, 2008 at 03:01 AM

    Manly backrower Glenn Stewart told Grandstand the Sea Eagles will need to work on their defence ahead of the finals, despite easily beating Wests Tigers 48-16 at the Olympic stadium this evening.

    The Sea Eagles bounced back from last Sunday's stinging 40-32 defeat to South Sydney at the same venue, scoring nine tries to three against the Tigers.

    They led 16-6 at half-time and set up a 42-6 advantage midway through the second half, before allowing the Tigers to score two late tries to add some respectability to their scoreline.

    Stewart says although the Sea Eagles restricted the Tigers to three four-pointers, the fact two came in the final 10 minutes meant they could not allow that to occur in the finals.

    "A couple of their tries, we've sort of got to work on our 'D' and stop those ones," he said.


    Manly 48 (B Stewart 2, Menzies 2, Hall 2, Robertson, Bell, G Stewart tries; Orford 5 con, Matai con)

    Wests Tigers 16 (Laurie 2, Ryan tries; Hodgson 2 con)

    There is also a couple of audio interviews on that link as well if you want to listen to them as well

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