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Live: Manly v St George Illawarra

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Phil Mitchell

Full-time: Manly 20-8. The Sea Eagles get back on track after being pumped by the Penny Panthers last week, while the Dragons slump to their third loss in four matches. The loss means the Dragons slide from 10th to 11th, a far cry from their premiership heights of only two years ago under Wayne Bennett. Thanks for joining me tonight. Until next time.

78 min: Lyon converts for good measure. Manly 20-8.

77 min: But their chances look all but over after the kick-off goes out on the full. Off-contract prop Darcy Lussick puts the issue beyond doubt bursting out of a Jake Marketo tackle to score. No wonder Lussick's a man in demand. Manly 18-8.

76 min: Lyon misses the kick. Dragons are still a hope.

75 min: Hat-trick to Oldfield! This time it was Brett Stewart who was the supplier with a show-and-go. Manly's right-side attack has terrorised the Dragons tonight. Manly 14-8.

73 min: Manly earn a repeat set thanks to a Foran kick. They can put the Dragons away with a converted try here.

69 min: Manly fans have their hearts in their mouths when Brett Stewart spills a bomb but the referee rules he knocked it back. The call could have gone the other way. Probably would have been a knock on if it had happened to my beloved Roosters!

64 min: The Dragons, after three successive matches that were decided by two points or less, are in for another tight finish.

56 min: Soward makes it a two-point ball game. Manly 10-8.

54 min: The Dragons aren't done with yet, with Vidot scoring after a terrific long run by Morris. Manly 10-6.

52 min: I get the feeling the Dragons need to be next to score otherwise they are toast.

45 min: Lyon is just off target with his kick.

44 min: TRY! Oldfield in for his second, thanks to sublime hands from Glenn Stewart and Lyon. Manly 10-2.

41 min: The match resumes with the Dragons kicking off.

Half-time: We predicted an arm wrestle, and an arm wrestle it is. Manly 6-2.

38 min: After the Dragons' best set of the game, Daniel Vidot is held up over the Manly line after latching onto a Soward bomb. That's more like it, Dragons.

32 min: Kieran Foran smashes Beau Scott in a tackle and the ball comes loose. Manly regain possession. After a slow start, Manly are threatening to strangle the Dragons out of the match.

28 min: Near thing for the Dragons as Watmough knocks on over the line in a desperate tackle by Dragons fullback Brett Morris.

25 min: Manly pepper the Dragons' left-hand side again but come up with a handling error, giving the ball back to the visitors.

24 min: Sea Eagles earn a repeat set. More pressure coming up for the Dragons.

20 min: Lyon converts from the sideline. Manly 6-2.

18 min: TRY to Manly winger Michael Oldfield after slick hands, and a brilliant kick by Jamie Lyon. Unlike a lot of blokes running around in the NRL, Lyon is a true footballer. Manly 4-2.

16 min: Penalty to Manly near the posts, but unlike the Dragons, they spurn the chance to go for goal.

11 min: Bright start from the Dragons, but just as I type this, Ben Hornby knocks on. Manly, however, fail to convert possession into points.

7 min: Jamie Soward bisects the sticks. Dragons 2-0.

5 min: Anthony Watmough knocks on, Dragons on the attack. Then earn a penalty. And another. They're now taking a shot for goal.

1 min: Daly Cherry-Evans kicks off for Manly.

Good evening all, rain has just started to fall at Brookvale Oval, we could be in for a real arm wrestle here, which may suit the physical Manly pack. Not long until kick-off now. The Sea Eagles welcome back Kieran Foran from injury but gee doesn't he need a haircut! Looks to be channelling his former coach Des Hasler (until he had his locks lopped for charity, of course). Join 'Sonny' Phil Mitchell for tonight's clash between the past two premiers.

 

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