Finally it was back to Brookie for a perfect Sun afto to slay the Knights and consolidate our top 4 position.
A totally extraordinary match and incredible tale of two halves.
The first half being the pure scintillating perfect Manly football we all know lies waiting to be unleashed, and of course the bizarre second half with no bench leaving the remaining 13 players to totally guts out the final 36 minutes without a single interchange.
Brett Stewart: Sensational game with 2 more golden Brookie tries, the first showing us the blistering out of our seats pace is still there big time
Jorge Taufau: Leant the lesson well to stay infield, as a result safe as houses solid display
Steve Matai: Super dangerous down the left all day
Jamie Lyon: Another great performance, though forced to spend the 2nd half out on the wing
David Williams: Going great guns until the 44th min injury put a full stop on his day
Keiran Foran: Sensational performance all day with his attack really coming alive, including the absolute play of the day calling for DCE to risk a breath taking short drop out that he swooped on to run 50 metres. Completely extinguished the Knights 2nd half hopes in one brilliant moment.
Daly Cherry-Evans: Like Foran sensational display with the ball in hand, controlled the game like a maestro and rallied the exhausted 2nd half bodies
Glenn Stewart: As someone pointed out poor looking stats totally belied a monster game of attack in first half and total guts in the second
Tony Williams: The sleeping giant awoke to terrorise the Knights in a 1st half display we've all been desperately waiting for, only to see him go back to sleep for the 2nd half
Anthony Watmough: The 80 min non stop machine was on song all day
Jason King: Injured after just 20 minutes
Matt Ballin: Ditto Kingy, injured after just 20 minutes
Brent Kite: A total busting, slogging 66 minute performance
George Rose: The size 14 jersey didn't quite fit, but the size of the effort was magnificent. 14 runs for 120 big, gut busting metres. Bravo.
Jamie Buhrer: Coming in early for Ballin was playing out of his skin at dummy half until so unluckily knocked out cold
Joe Guluvao: Close to man of the match for mine, incredible guts display working his butt for 60 minutes with 18 runs, 131 metres and 26 tackles. His exhausted look doing th lap of honour said it all
Vic Mauro: Played an important no frills role perfectly
One of the best 1st half attacking performances you could dream about, followed by the equally dream like guts displays to end all in the second.
Not being able to see another 38 put on in the 2nd half due to….
The injuries of course, just when we looked like being back to full strength.
A grand final like epic display of pure genius football, followed by pure massive guts. So much to like about this. Backing up for Friday night is not going to be easy against a massively desperate Broncos coming off 5 straight losses (and 6 of last 7). The injury toll will really test us, but Toov's has some excellent back up to call on in guys like Tim Robinson, Daniel Harrison and Dean Whare, and without taking anything lightly could it be wise to rest Watmough?
Apologies for the late and shortened report due to heavy work commitments. Full report of the Broncos win coming soon.
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