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Brett Stewart guides Manly Sea Eagles home against Sydney Roosters

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Sea Eagles take honours in grand final rematch

Manly moved clear at the top of the NRL ladder with a 24-16 win over Sydney Roosters at Brookvale Oval on Friday night.

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Manly fullback Brett Stewart overcame a horror first half to lead the Sea Eagles to a 24-16 victory against the Roosters in what might have just been a dress rehearsal for what's in store come October.

It was the grand final rematch, but Friday night's gruelling showdown between the Sea Eagles and the Roosters may have also provided a taste of what's to come later in the year.

Still got it: Brett Stewart proved the match-winner in a thrilling night of footy.

Still got it: Brett Stewart proved the match-winner in a thrilling night of footy. Photo: Anthony Johnson

Time
80.00
Team
MAN
Score
24
Team
SYD
Score
16
Manly versus Sydney Roosters
View Match Statistics
Players Hiku(2), Taufua, Stewart Tries 4 Tries 3 Players Kenny-Dowall, Cordner, Pearce
Players Lyon 3/4 (75%) Conversions 3 Conversions 2 Players Maloney 2/3 (66%)
Players Lyon 1/1 (100%) Penalty goals 1 Penalty goals 0 Players
Players Cherry-Evans 0/1 (0%) Field goals 0 Field goals 0 Players

In front of a capacity crowd of 17,155 at Brookvale Oval, it was Stewart who did the damage in the second half after a disappointing start to the night, scoring a try and setting up the match-winner to maintain his side's position at the top of the ladder.

Roosters five-eighth James Maloney missed a golden opportunity to equalise with 10 minutes remaining, failing to convert a Mitchell Pearce try that was a rather simple attempt by his high standards when the score was 18-16.

The Roosters, who succumbed to their second defeat at the hands of the Sea Eagles this season, were left to rue Maloney's blunder, with Peta Hiku scoring in the final minutes of play to put the result beyond doubt.

Hard to stop: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves pumps the legs.

Hard to stop: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves pumps the legs. Photo: Anthony Johnson

The Roosters won all four battles against the Sea Eagles last year, including the 26-18 triumph in the premiership decider last October.

But in their meeting in round four, albeit minus Sonny Bill Williams, the Sea Eagles managed to buck the trend in a hard-fought 8-0 win at Allianz Stadium.

The Sea Eagles, who hadn't lost at home at Brookvale Oval since their golden point heartache against the Melbourne Storm in round one, managed to keep their impressive record intact even without Glenn Stewart and Anthony Watmough.

Shaun Kenny-Dowell gets tackled. Click for more photos

NRL Round 16: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles v Sydney Roosters

The Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles have defeated Sydney Roosters 24-16 at Brookvale Oval on Friday night. Photography by Anthony Johnson. Like these photos? Selected images available from www.fairfaxphotos.com Follow us at twitter.com/photosSMH Photo: Anthony Johnson

The Roosters came into the round with the best attacking record in the competition, but three tries weren't enough to get the job done against a resilient Manly outfit.

After six penalties in the first 12 minutes of play, it was the Sea Eagles who capitalised on a mountain of possession to post the first points of the match through Hiku.

It was a similar sweeping backline play down the left side of the field that saw Manly cross for their second try courtesy of Jorge Taufua, who gave his side a 10-0 lead after 18 minutes.

After Daniel Tupou was denied a try by the video referee, it didn't take long for the Roosters to redeem themselves when a Sonny Bill Williams short ball put Shaun Kenny-Dowall in from close range.

With his second touch of the night after six week layoff through injury, Boyd Cordner latched on to a short ball from Pearce to split through the defensive line and give the Roosters a 12-10 lead heading into the break.

James Hasson's night ended prematurely from the ensuing set after getting his head caught in the wrong position, stumbling back to his feet and up the tunnel for a concussion test.

A 40-20 from Daly Cherry-Evans gave Manly a chance to score just before half time, but a penalty against the Roosters saw Sea Eagles skipper Jamie Lyon take the two points on offer to square the ledger.

Stewart hadn't enjoyed a happy first half but a beautifully constructed set play with Matt Ballin and Kieran Foran gave the Manly fullback something to smile about when he put his side in front by a converted try.

Just when it looked like Manly were beginning to take control of the contest, Frank-Paul Nu'uasala stepped his way through the Manly defence to put Pearce over the line.

However a missed goal from 15 metres inside of the touch line from James Maloney left the Roosters trailing by two points with 10 minutes remaining.

Hiku's second try of the night on the stroke of full time ended any hopes of a Roosters comeback.

16 comments so far

  • This match was a class above any other game of footy I've seen this year (with the exception of Origin 1)....pretty sure these two will meet again in the big one.

    Commenter
    Eagles fan
    Location
    Dee why
    Date and time
    June 27, 2014, 10:00PM
    • Another special game between these two. The other teams much watch when these two teams play each other and cringe. That is what you need to do boys to play in a grand final these days. Congrats to all players and the fans for a great specticle.

      Commenter
      John B
      Date and time
      June 27, 2014, 10:04PM
      • Nice to see Manly get the better of the Roosters with no Glenn Stewart or Whatmough. Barring further injuries they are in great shape yet again. I reckon the players will want to win the big one this year for Geoff Toovey and to stick it up Des Hasler. But there is a long way to go and last nights game was just a stepping stone.

        Commenter
        Jason
        Date and time
        June 28, 2014, 4:58AM
        • This is how you play football.

          Commenter
          FROG
          Location
          MANLY
          Date and time
          June 28, 2014, 7:11AM
          • Agree with previous comments. As a Roosters fan i am glad they are getting back to last form of last year. In the end Manly deserved to win. A few mistakes in critical periods of the game was detrimental.Great game and not too unhappy with that loss. I tend to lose a bit of interest during state of origin time, as the better players are missing and the games lack a bit of intensity. This game was certainly an exception.

            Commenter
            Joey
            Location
            Sydney
            Date and time
            June 28, 2014, 7:26AM
            • What a beautiful winters night on the Northern Beaches. Brooky Oval looked a picture. The Old Girl was bursting at the seams, creaking and groaning under the weight of another fabulous crowd cheering on this great Manly team. Walking with my two boys down from Narraweena, the excitement always builds as we can the floodlit ground sitting in a sea of houses and buildings. It is like a suburban 'Field of Dreams'. And afterwards, when the game is over my boys can't wait to run on and kick the footy around. Then we march up the hill home again. Sure beats sitting in a traffic jam trying to get home from the SFS.

              Come on NRL & Mike Baird, find the money to give our area the facility it deserves. If you build it, we will keep coming! But don't change it completely, I still like feeling the damp seep thru my jeans that comes with sitting on the grass hill with my muddy boys.

              Commenter
              El Presidente
              Location
              The Hill
              Date and time
              June 28, 2014, 7:31AM
              • A great game the only draw back the ref in the first half some of the penalties to Manly I couldn't quite understand while other where necessary then they just stopped the Roosters weren't playing any different but the ref was and the Roosters lining up a second rower in the centres against one of the best in the world was always going to spell danger for them.

                Commenter
                Roger
                Date and time
                June 28, 2014, 10:42AM
                • Rog, agree it was strange that they stopped penalising. Roosters could have been penalised another 30 times during the game. It seems they are coached to lay in the ruck much longer than any other team, the stats show this but they seem to be happy to give away penalties to slow the game to their speed. Other teams, including Manly, do it to some extent, but with roosters it is basically every tackle. There should be some sin binning going on but the it's seems the refs are ill equipped to control games adequately for 80 mins.

                  Commenter
                  John B
                  Date and time
                  June 28, 2014, 12:15PM
                  • Manly are no angels. They consistently walk off the mark whilst playing the ball taking the markers out of play. When the Roosters were pressing manly's line late in the first half, manly were offside and the ref done nothing, but a couple of minutes later he awarded a penalty to Manly for the same thing on the Roosters line resulting in 2 points. Manly played most of the second half offside, and still no penalty. The ref's are to scared to penalise Manly because Toovey will call for an investigation!!!

                    Commenter
                    Ryan
                    Location
                    Sydney
                    Date and time
                    June 28, 2014, 1:12PM
                • Conspiracy theory Ryan... your new nickname. Never mind the forward pass and the rub of the green in the GF , when your boys were "helped" along to a Premiership. It all goes around and it all comes around... This is the beauty of sport - there is always next week, next year, next opportunity.... you'll have your successes and you'll have your frustrations - and you'll love all of it, whichever way it goes.
                  By the way, the ref DID nothing, not DONE nothing.

                  Commenter
                  Thomas
                  Location
                  Sydney
                  Date and time
                  June 28, 2014, 1:58PM

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