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Manly were not supposed to win that game of football.
Against the most convincing team of the opening round and without the Stewart brothers, Manly had no right to win their first game of the season against the Rabbitohs in Gosford on Friday night.
It was far from pretty - in fact it was pretty ugly - but the 14-12 win was gutsy. By the 45 minute mark, both teams had produced 10 errors, giving the 15,120 fans little entertainment.That was until the physical and emotion-charged final quarter of the match.
At the same ground and against the same team Geoff Toovey launched his now infamous attack on the match officials - one which happened to be in charge of the match on Friday night - Manly this time left the Central Coast with something to smile about.
"It was close," Toovey said.
"There were some heated exchanges in the coaches box. I apologised to the people in the backrows of the grandstand. Please accept my apologies."
When they look back at the video they might not see much worth crowing about, but after last week's gut-wrenching golden-point loss to Melbourne, it would have been pleasing enough to avoid two straight losses to open the season for the first time since 2010.
With the scores level at 12-12 with four minutes remaining on the clock, the Sea Eagles were awarded a penalty 30 metres out and right in front of the posts after David Tyrrell was deemed to have held Kieran Foran down in a tackle.
Manly skipper Jamie Lyon didn't miss out on the opportunity, but South Sydney still had a chance to snatch victory at the death. However, the Manly defence was up to the task.
Without two of their most influential and senior players, Brett and Glenn Stewart, as well as winger Jorge Taufua, the Sea Eagles went into the match as underdogs, a tag that sits comfortably with them.
"There's pride with them within the team and pride without them," hooker Matt Ballin said of the Stewart brothers.
"I think our team thrives when we're up against the wall. We love a challenge and those two guys are a massive part of the team attacking wise and defensively as well. I thought Peta Hiku did a great job and so too Jamie Buhrer on our right edge instead of Gifty. There's a lot of great pride in our team no matter what but when there's adversity that's when we like to play."
After leading 6-0 early in the first half, the Sea Eagles conceded the next two tries and a penalty goal to fall behind by six heading into final quarter of the game.
But Jamie Buhrer turned the match on its head when he broke past Dylan Walker, putting Daly Cherry-Evans in under the crossbar to level the scores with 16 minutes remaining.
South Sydney's Adam Reynolds and Lyon both had unsuccessful field-goal attempts, but in the end it was the boot of Lyon which proved the difference.
Greg Inglis' superhuman try-saving tackle on Steve Matai in the first half almost proved to be the difference between the two teams. The South Sydney fullback showed incredible strength to stop a rampaging Matai from close range, but it was to no avail in the end.
While Toovey was pleased with the result and refrained from asking for another 'investigation', he still wasn't happy with the men in the middle - especially after South Sydney looked to have been awarded a try after a knock on at the play-the-ball.
"I don't want to get into too much, but that's two weeks in the row where people have dropped the ball, our captain has come from 40 metres away to try and get the referees to do something but it goes unnoticed," he said.
"I don't understand. I do have some trouble with some of the interpretation and consistency but it is round two and hopefully we're all teething at the moment and it will improve."
MANLY 14 (C Blair D Cherry-Evans tries J Lyon 3 goals) bt SOUTH SYDNEY 12 (S Burgess B Champion tries A Reynolds 2 goals) at Central Coast Stadium. Referee: Shayne Hayne, Chris James. Crowd: 15,120.