JAMES POLSON: That's a big win for Manly who are now into third on the ladder, ahead of Melbourne on for-and-against after the two sides fought out a draw this year. Still some concerning signs for Geoff Toovey's men, notably minor injuries to Steve Matai and Daly Cherry-Evans but more immediately pressing was the way they let the Tigers back into the match - not what you want as September looms on the horizon. Jamie Lyon was stellar again and I'll plump for the centre as man of the match. The Sea Eagles have a fairly tough run home after this week - they travel to Parramatta to face the Eels on Friday but after that it's the Warriors and Souths in successive weeks, both in Gosford, and they also face Melbourne again before the finals. Phil Mitchell will be in the blog seat for the Eels clash on Saturday night and to kick off round 21 we'll have Penrith hosting the Roosters. Until then, log on to smh.com.au or grab a copy of tomorrow's Herald for all the wash-up from tonight's clash. Thanks for your company.
80 min: Jorge Taufua puts a foot into touch and that'll be it from Manly tonight.
78 min: Daly Cherry-Evans grubbers for Lyon but Chris Lawrence dives on it and the Tigers are back with the pill.
77 min: Another Tigers error sees Manly with a set in good position.
76 min: Matt Ballin kicks early but it rolls into touch. Tigers with the feed on their own 10m line.
76 min: The Tigers try the short kick-off again but no such luck this time. Manly on the second tackle 40m out from their own line.
74 min: Daly Cherry-Evans, who's been injured most of the night, has crossed and that's the ball game. He shows it before running for the corner and scoring under the posts. Manly 34 Tigers 18, kick to come.
73 min: Another penalty, this time to the Sea Eagles, once again as the Tigers threatened.
71 m: Kieran Foran kicks on the last but there's too much on it again and the Tigers are back on the 20m for the restart.
69 min: Tigers inside the 10 and Jamie Lyon will look to stretch the lead back to two converted tries.
68 min: Jamie Buhrer makes the bust for Manly but he's tackled by James Tedesco 20m out. If he got the offload away it was almost a certain try again for the visitors.
68 min: The Tigers going nowhere fast in this set and the Eagles immediately shift wide after fielding Farah's kick.
JAMES POLSON: Chooks asked a few minutes ago whether I can see Manly going all the way this year:
It's hard to say. They've certainly got the side to do it but the way they can let sides back into matches is a concern - they've done it again tonight and they did in the 2011 grand final as well. On their day they can beat anyone but the Roosters are the big concern at my end. Let's hope they don't meet until the big one...
62 min: Robbie Farah taken into touch on the third tackle and Manly get the chance to settle themselves with a scrum.
Marshall's kick hits the upright before bouncing over. Manly 28 Tigers 18.
59 min: The Tigers are in again and this might just be a game. Chris Lawrence gets the ball out to Tim Simona who charges for the corner and scores. Again set up by Curtis Sironen who has made an immediate impact since coming on. Manly 28 Tigers 16, a Benji Marshall kick to come.
59 min: The Tigers looked threatening again across the park and Manly were in all sorts of trouble. Brett Stewart found himself on the wing and the Tigers looked to have the overlap but Marshall grubbers and Stewart is able to send it dead. Another line drop-out.
For the Tigers Curtis Sironen is out there at halfback. Probably for the best after Anasta's efforts thus far.
Steve Matai unlikely to be back with bruising on the hip. Nothing serious but it looks like the centre's night is over.
55 min: The Tigers get a repeat set and Robbie Farah goes from dummy-half to score on the first in his 200th match. Manly 28 Tigers 10, kick to come.
54 min: The Tigers go the short kick-off and it's come off for the home side.
54 min: Jamie Lyon slots another one from the sideline. Manly 28 Tigers 6.
53 min: TRY. Jorge Taufua has been absolutely cleaned up in fielding Kieran Foran's kick but it goes backwards and Justin Horo darts over to score. That should be his second but it's up to the video ref.
52 min: David Williams is over the line on the fourth tackle but he's been held up.
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JAMES POLSON: That's another 12-point turnaround. Braith Anasta spills an easy ball when the Tigers were looking very dangerous. If Manly get the rub of the green in the dying stages this could be very ugly - they've scored at will in the last 20 minutes throughout this season.
47 min: Another penalty and it's the Tigers on the attack before they spill it and David Williams runs away with it. Eventually the ball finds its way to Jamie Lyon and he crosses for his second. As usual, we're going upstairs, but it's hard to see anything wrong with this one.
Try time: Steve Matai races away to score Manly's second try during the first half. Photo: Brendan Esposito
46 min: Manly are in striking distance again off the back of another penalty.
44 min: And once again the Tigers have squandered it again. Oh, to be a fly on the wall in Mick Potter's box.
43 min: And the Tigers have won a scrum against the feed. Unbelievable. And now they get a penalty in sensational field position.
41 min: Braith Anasta gets us under way for the second half for Jamie Buhrer to take the first hit-up. Manly lead 16-6.
BRAD WALTER: Not even the try of the year so far is enough to give Wests Tigers fans cause for hope against Manly after a spectacular 40 minutes of football at Campbelltown Stadium.
JAMES POLSON: That's a stellar opening 40 minutes from Manly. The Tigers had the lions' share of the ball and were only able to cross once, while Manly scored three tries despite only being tackled 10 times in the opposition's 20m. Geoff Toovey will be very happy with his side's defence, and perhaps ominously for the Tigers it's been an uncharacteristically quiet night so far from the likes of David Williams, Daly Cherry-Evans and Jorge Taufua. The Tigers will be doubtless ruing any number of missed opportunities and, while the game is far from over, it's hard to see them getting such a good run of things after the break. We'll be back in a few minutes with the half-time assessment from Fairfax Media's man on the ground, Brad Walter. Back soon.
40 min: Daly Cherry-Evans almost finds his way through the defensive line before Jamie Lyon's kick is too big. If Cherry-Evans got the ball away to Williams there it was a certain try.
39 min: And the Eagles force another line drop-out which will just about do us for the first half.
37 min: And Manly are about to receive their first line drop-out of the match. Hard to believe but true.
37 min: Almost a line break from George Rose there. Does it get any better?
Changeover. Jorge Taufua appears to lose the ball but it's ruled a strip and the penalty goes to the Sea Eagles.
And it isn't. Galloway to play the ball on the last, still another shot for the Tigers.
35 min: Keith Galloway charges for the line but he's caught short for mine. Surprise, surprise, we're going to the video ref.
32 min: Lyon makes no mistake converting his own try and that's just about a 12-point turnaround. Manly 16 Tigers 6.
30 min: They say every action has an equal and opposite reaction and now Jamie Lyon counters down the left flank and runs almost the length of the field to score. Plenty of luck there as a pass to Simona comes off the winger's foot and Lyon takes the ricochet on the full and puts the pedal to the metal. Manly 14, Tigers 6, kick to come.
29 min: And just like that the Tigers are on the attack. Tim Simona gets on to Foran's kick and runs away before finally being tackled about 20m out from the Sea Eagles' line. They've given away a penalty as well so the Tigers have a full set in striking distance.
27 min: Benji Marshall opts against going to the corner this time and the later grubber rolls over the dead-ball line.
26 min: Braith Anasta comes up with the old pass to noone trick and the Tigers are going backwards on the fourth.
25 min: Another chance for the Tigers with Brett Stewart taken in goal.
24 min: Change for Manly with Jamie Buhrer, who takes the drop-out, on for Brent Kite.
24 min: David Williams does well to clean up at the back. No try but it'll be a line drop-out for the Sea Eagles.
23 min: Matai penalised for a late shot. Tigers will resume from about 12m out.
21 min: Penalty goes to the Tigers after James Tedesco is absolutely cleaned up by Kieran Foran chasing the high ball. Perhaps sometimes it is OK to momentarily take your eye of the ball...
17 min: Jamie Lyon puts this one across the face of goal and the score remains 10-6.
16 min: TRY. Not to be outdone, Steve Matai gets onto an offload from Foran before Matai steps and weaves his way to the line from 30m out. Manly 10 Tigers 6, kick to come.
13 min: Brenton Lawrence ruled to have knocked on trying to force an offload. Fair call too.
11 min: And just to rub it in for the Sea Eagles, and next year's Tigers outfit for that matter, Marshall lands the conversion from the sideline. 6-6.
10 min: Even a Manly fan is saying that's one of the best tries I've ever seen. Benji Marshall goes high to the corner and David Nofoaluma leaps high, grounds it basically with his head perpendicular to the ground. Get me a flute because that's champagne stuff right there. We've gone upstairs but there's nothing at all wrong with that. Give him eight points, I say. Manly 6, Tigers 4, kick to come.
10 min: Blake Ayshford spills it for the Tigers before Jorge Taufua replies in kind and the Tigers are just 10m out.
9 min: Penalty to the Tigers, Kieran Foran goes on with things too long in tackling Liam Fulton.
6 min: Try awarded. Manly 4 Tigers 0, kick to come. Mark my words, it will be six. Jamie Lyon right in front.
6 min: Justin Horo looks to have scored the opener for Manly. Kieran Foran kicks with the outside of his foot to put Horo through and this one will be a try.
6 min: Daly Cherry-Evans appears to be limping and that's not good news for the Sea Eagles.
Looks like one Tigers fan's attention is elsewhere tonight:
Shows how good the Tigers season is going when I'm more excited about the start of Big Brother than I am their game tonight. #NRLwstman— Aaron Jolley (@JolleyAz) July 29, 2013
The ball may have rolled over Tedesco's feet meaning Thompson would have been in front of the kicker. Glad it's not up to me...
4 min: A comedy of errors so far at Campbelltown here and Bodene Thompson may well have scored. Going upstairs for a look. It all comes from Manly allowing a bomb to bounce before James Tedesco knocks it back and the ball somehow ends up in the in-goal for Thompson to ground it. I've got nothing.
3 min: Manly threaten and I'm not quite sure how that all went down. The upshot is Daly Cherry-Evans appear to have spilled it and now the Tigers are back on the half-way line.
And Robbie Farah knocks on with his first touch on the second tackle. Credit to Anthony Watmough as well, who charges out of the line to force the error.
1 min: Steve Matai kicks off and it goes dead. Great chance early for the Tigers.
A minute's silence for the great coach Graham Murray, who coached the Balmain reserves in 1988 and 1989 before going on to a glittering career in the top grade. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
And here come the Tigers. Just quietly, how good is that version of Eye of the Tiger where they manage to replace three syllables with just an awkward 'Wests'. Champagne rugby league, that.
Jamie Lyon is leading the Manly side down the tunnel to a less-than-warm reception.
And just the one change for the visitors - James Hasson is replaced by David Gower.
Tigers team news: Big Keith Galloway is back on the bench, taking the place of Shaun Spence. Braith Anasta moves to halfback replacing Curtis Sironen.
JAMES POLSON: Good evening and welcome to Campbelltown Stadium for the final match of round 20. It's the Fibros and Silvertails all over again as the Sea Eagles head west to face the Tigers for the first time in the joint-venture's history, believe it or not. Could that unpredictability be enough to see another Monday upset? Regular blog readers will know that, personally, I hope they don't. Manly can go third with a win tonight, while the Tigers have little to play for but pride. Back in a few minutes with any team news.
Campbelltown Stadium, Monday 7pm (AEST)
Last meeting: Round 4 2013 - Sea Eagles 26 bt Tigers 0 at Bluetongue Stadium
Head-to-head: Tigers 7 Sea Eagles 11
Referees: Adam Devcich, Gavin Reynolds
TV: Live, FoxSports 1
TAB: Tigers $5.00 Sea Eagles $1.18 Draw $34
FootyTab: Tigers +12.5
Phil Mitchell writes: Benji Marshall’s round of farewells to the Tigers’ various home grounds continues on Monday night when he plays his final game at Campbelltown Stadium. The Tigers are in the same boat as the Broncos and Cowboys – they need the two points to stay in the finals race. A loss would leave the Tigers needing to win all of their remaining games – two of which are against Souths and the Roosters. A task beyond them. In his farewell to Leichhardt Oval last week, Marshall had a mixed game against the Warriors. He will need to be on his game for the entirety on Monday night for the Tigers to stand a chance against a Manly side chasing a fourth consecutive win for the first time this season.
Phil's tip: Sea Eagles by 12.
AAP writes: After a mid-season slump, the Sea Eagles have rediscovered their mojo to string together three wins to cement a place in the top four approaching the finals. The Tigers have been the disappointments of the season and are clinging to the mathematical possibility of making the playoffs. Still, they could be inspired by skipper Robbie Farah's 200th first grade game, Liam Fulton's 150th or Benji Marshall's farewell appearance at Campbelltown, where the Sea Eagles haven't played in 15 years.
Key: Manly's resurgence has coincided with Brett Stewart's return from a knee injury and the Tigers, not regarded for their defence, must keep the prolific fullback in check to have any hope.
TIGERS: James Tedesco, David Nofoaluma, Blake Ayshford, Chris Lawrence, Tim Simona, Benji Marshall, Curtis Sironen, Jack Buchanan, Robbie Farah (capt), Adam Blair, Liam Fulton, Bodene Thompson, Sauaso Sue. Interchange: Ava Seumanufagai, Shaun Spence, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Braith Anasta
SEA EAGLES: Brett Stewart, Jorge Taufua, Jamie Lyon (capt), Steve Matai, David Williams, Kieran Foran, Daly Cherry-Evans, Brenton Lawrence, Matt Ballin, Brent Kite, Anthony Watmough, Justin Horo, Glenn Stewart. Interchange: Richie Fa’aoso, Jamie Buhrer, James Hasson, George Rose, David Gower (one to be omitted).