Manly retain spot in top four after Tiger triumph

Aaron Woods of the Tigers is tackled during the Manly Sea
Eagles and the Wests Tigers.

MANLY have retained their spot in the NRL’s top four,
after they came from behind to beat Wests Tigers 28-16 on

The Sea Eagles trailed by eight points with 25 minutes to go,
before back-to- back tries to wingers Matthew Wright and Akuila
Uate put them back in the lead. Uate’s effort was a 40-metre
run as he showed signs of his best days at Newcastle, after he
busted through a number of would-be defenders with his sheer

It left them third on the ladder, however the win could have
come at a cost for Manly as hooker Apisai Koroisau was taken
from the field late with an apparent knee injury.

Martin Taupau of the Sea Eagles on the charge.

Martin Taupau of the Sea
Eagles on the charge.
Source:Getty Images

Daly Cherry-Evans was again superb in attack. He set up Manly’s
first try and had a hand in their second after he booted a
monstrous 40-20 to put them on the attack off the next set.

Tom Trbojevic then had his first of two try assists when he put
Wright in for his first in the left-hand corner with a lofted
pass to make it 8-0 after 11 minutes.

The Manly fullback finished with 218 metres and two linebreaks,
and finished the match by putting on a try for his brother Jake
under the posts after he again combined with Cherry-Evans.

Opposition fullback James Tedesco also looked dangerous for the
Tigers, while Luke Brooks played a starring role in attack.

After Joel Edwards opened the scoring for the Tigers, Brooks
provided a grubber for centre Esan Marsters to put them up 10-8
at the half-hour mark. Brooks then extended the Tigers’ lead to
eight after the break when he dived on his own grubber, after
it deflected off both a Manly player and the post.

However he failed to take control of the match when it mattered
most, as he then made two crucial errors at his own end.

NSW State of Origin prop Aaron Woods also played the full 80
minutes, after the Tigers were reduced to two men on the bench
in the second half through injuries to Jacob Liddle (shoulder)
and Edwards (concussion).

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