Manly comeback as improved Broncos collapse

After a record defeat last weekend, a slightly changed Brisbane Broncos side looked to bounce back against the Manly Sea Eagles, who were looking to push themselves up the ladder.

With both the Broncos and Sea Eagles going set for set in the first five minutes, the Broncos were the first on the board.

A high kick from Brodie Croft was claimed by Xavier Coates, he passed it onto Kotoni Staggs who kicked ahead and scored after beating Tevita Funa to the ball.

Brisbane were certainly playing better than had done last weekend, and in the 16th minute picked up a second try.

This time, Anthony Milford put a chip into the right-hand corner and Coates climbed above the debutant Tevita Funa and slammed the ball down to score.

The Broncos line speed meant Manly were making unforced errors, which allowed the visitors to build further pressure on the Sea Eagles line.

With ten minutes to go until the break, Brisbane shifted the ball from the centre of the park out towards Darius Boyd.

The centre, with Herbie Farnworth outside him, dummied slightly, to put Tom Trbojevic off balance and ran at the full-backs inside shoulder, stretched over and scored. 

Boyd picked up his second just minutes later, as Anthony Milford and Jaymayne Isaako linked up to create space for the centre to step-inside Moses Suli to walk over and score.

However, it was deemed that Daly Cherry-Evans was obstructed by second-rower Corey Oates and the try was disallowed by The Bunker.

Manly wouldn’t be kept to nil at the break though, and instead of being 24 points down, they would have a deficit of 14.

Dylan Walker and Tom Trbojevic combined down the short side and the ball found Tevita Funa to slide over in the corner for a try on debut.

HALF-TIME: Manly Sea Eagles 4-18 Brisbane Broncos

Manly quickly closed the gap even more after five minutes of the second period.

Dylan Walker double pumped the ball and popped onto Cherry-Evans who was running behind and through the gap to slide over after a poor defensive read from Brodie Croft.

In the 55th minute, Manly pulled back yet another score.

After a Jake Trbojevic hit up, the Sea Eagles ran the ball on the last tackle, and with the Broncos set for the kick, the home side exploited the gap on the right edge and Moses Suli walked into the corner.

With just two points between the two sides heading into the final quarter, both sides were fighting for their third win of the season.

After an escort penalty on from Xavier Coates, which allowed Jaymayne Isaako to catch the ball under no pressure, the Sea Eagles opted to take the two points.

Garrick duly delivered and the scores were level with 15 minutes on the clock.

The Sea Eagles were the first to go for the drop-goal as Cherry-Evans attempted to take the lead. However, the ball was touched in the air, and drifted wide.

That one-pointer wasn’t needed though, as the Sea Eagles took a two-point lead.

Patrick Garrigan was penalised for stripping the ball after the tackle was complete and Garrick converted from in front of the posts for 18-20.

With less than five minutes remaining, the Broncos knew that they could still pick up a victory.

After Anthony Milford attacked the Sea Eagles line on the left-hand edge, Daly Cherry-Evans knocked on after attempting to intercept his opposite numbers pass.

In the resulting set, Brisbane attacked the right-hand edge, and with Xavier Coates in loads of space, he raced into the corner.

However, Tom Trbojevic managed to cover the wingers attempt to dive over and made a match winning-try.

FULL-TIME: Manly Sea Eagles 20-18 Brisbane Broncos



Manly Sea Eagles

T. Trbojevic, Garrick, Parker, Suli, Funa, Walker, Cherry-Evans, Taupau, Levi, Paseka, Thompson, Waddell, J. Trbojevic

Interchanges: Fonua-Blake, Croker, Keppie, Gosiewski

Tries: Funa, Cherry-Evans, Suli

Goals: Garrick (4/5)

Brisbane Broncos

Isaako, Oates, Staggs, Boyd, Farnworth, Milford, Croft, Lodge, Paix, Haas, Oates, Ofahengaue, Carrigan

Interchanges: Niu, Te’o, Kennedy, Flegler

Tries: Staggs, Coates, Boyd

Goals:  Isaako (3/3)

Referee: A. Klein

Touch Judges: D. Munro, B. Sharpe

Video Referee: B. Galea

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