Trbojevic lead the charge as Manly trounce Bulldogs

Manly and Canterbury rounded out round three of the NRL, with a Sunday Showdown, the Bulldogs were looking for win number one, whereas the Sea Eagles looked to kick on from their victory over the Roosters in round two.

The home team were the first on the board, with Moses Suli fended off Nick Meaney,  raced down the right-hand edge, and passed inside to the supporting Tom Trbojevic who slid over to score.

After 20 minutes, Manly still led by four, but the Bulldogs came close to levelling. A high kick from Lachlan Lewis was tapped back up in the air by Meaney, but the winger failed to regather and knocked-on.

Five minutes later, the Sea Eagles extended their lead, as Jake and Tom Trbojevic linked up, as the full-back ran off the outside shoulder of his brother, and went straight through an open gap to pick up his second try of the match.

At the same time as the second try went over, the Bulldogs received the news that Adam Elliott would not return to the field after failing a Head Injury Assessment.

With five minutes of the first-half remaining, Manly searched for try number three, and they managed to pick it up.

Dylan Walker and Tom Trbojevic shifted the ball left, and after a double pump from the full-back, he popped the ball onto Brad Parker who slid over to score from just a few metres out.

Garrick converted his first of the game to make it 14-0.

Canterbury did try and pick up a try of their own before the break but Christian Crichton couldn’t claim the high ball and knocked-on.

HALF-TIME: Manly Sea Eagles 14-0 Canterbury Bulldogs

Manly extended their lead even more just five minutes into the second period, and once again Tom Trbojevic was key to the score.

A quick catch and pass flew its way out to Jorge Taufua, who dived over in the left-hand corner.

Trbojevic was close to picking up a hat-trick just a set later, as Taufua kick the ball back inside with the full-back chasing.

However, Jeremy Marshall-King managed to put the Sea Eagles man off, and tap the ball over the dead-ball line.

Reuben Garrick was the next Sea Eagle to get over the line but was held up by a number of Bulldogs in the right-hand corner.

A poor attacking set from Canterbury allowed Manly to attack from deep after a long run from Dylan Walker, and once again the home-side camped deep in the Bulldogs half.

18-points soon became 22, as Curtis Sironen crashed over the top of Will Hopoate and Dean Britt just after the hour mark to score.

In the very next set, Daly Cherry-Evans made a half-break through the Bulldogs defence, offloaded to Tom Trbojevic, who in turn released Brad Park for his second of the night.

Garrick converted his second goal out of six for 28-0 with 15 minutes to go.

The Bulldogs were determined not to be kept to zero though. Lachlan Lewis dribbled a little kick behind the Sea Eagles line, as Jake Averilla gathered up and ran unto the posts.

After missing four previous conversions, Reuben Garrick picked up a four-pointer of his own by scooting out from the ruck after a quick Moses Suli play-the-ball.

With 15 seconds remaining, the Sea Eagles conceded one too many penalties inside their own 10-metre line, and Danny Levi was sent to the sin-bin.

After the card, the Bulldogs shifted wide, but four Sea Eagles players bundled Nick Meaney into touch.

FULL-TIME: Manly Sea Eagles 32-6 Canterbury Bulldogs


Manly Sea Eagles

T. Trbojevic, Taufua, Parker, Suli, Garrick, Walker, Cherry-Evans, Fonua-Blake, Levi, Taupau, Thompson, Sironen, J. Trbojevic

Interchanges: Croker, Waddell, Keppie, Paseka

Tries: T. Trbojevic (2), Parker (2), Taufua, Sironen, Garrick

Goals:  Garrick (2/7)

Newcastle Knights

Watene-Zelezniak, Meaney, Smith, Hopoate, Crichton, Lewis, Cogger, Napa, Marshall-King, Tolman, Jackson, Britt, Elliott

Interchanges: Sue, Averillo, To’omaga, Faitala-Mariner

Tries: Averillo

Goals: Meaney (1/1)

Referee: M. Cecchin

Touch Judges: D. Munro, M. Noyen

Video Referee: B. Norrie

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