Manly 8 Sydney Roosters 0
Down and out: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves looks over Glenn Stewart. Photo: Anthony Johnson
The long list of suspensions for Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves could again grow after he was placed on report for a shoulder charge on Manly’s Glenn Stewart as the Sea Eagles celebrated an 8-0 win in a spirited grand final rematch at Allianz Stadium on Friday night.
Waerea-Hargreaves may have another unwanted date with the NRL judiciary after his shoulder collected Stewart’s head as he looked to wrap his arms around the Manly lock. There was direct contact with Stewart’s head and he did not play any further part in the game after being assisted from the field in the 19th minute.
Waerea-Hargreaves, who was placed on report, has a lengthy judiciary charge sheet having been suspended twice last year – including a five-week stint on the sideline after being sent off for tackling Manly prop George Rose high.
Roosters v Sea Eagles
Rooster James Maloney tries to tackle Manly's Daly Cherry-Evans. Photo: Anthony Johnson
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The Roosters – who were already missing Sonny Bill Williams, who was completing a three-game suspension – threatened but lacked the polish that led them to premiership success against the Sea Eagles last year.
The match evoked memories of the two sides' 4-0 semi-final classic last year, which was one of four victories for the Roosters against Manly in 2013.
Manly halves Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran starred for the Sea Eagles.
While the Manly duo were dominant, the performances of the match officials, including referees Ben Cummins and Gavin Reynolds, will come under fire. The penalty count favoured the Sea Eagles 11-2 and the Roosters didn’t receive a second half penalty. The Roosters were denied a try by the video referees that could have seen them draw level with seven minutes remaining.
Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce was ruled to have gained an advantage when he ran behind a decoy runner before passing to winger Daniel Tupou who crossed the try line. It was the only time the Roosters entered Manly’s in-goal area.
Five consecutive penalties against the Roosters eventually took its toll on the home side, who leaked the first try when Cheyse Blair crossed in front of 14,902 people in the 26th minute.
The Sea Eagles left edge of Blair, Foran, Steve Matai and Justin Horo found plenty of space in the first half with Foran’s inclusion following a calf strain an obvious boost for Manly.
The Manly halves completed their sets better than their Roosters counterparts, forcing five first half line drop outs.
Despite dominating the possession and field position, the Sea Eagles could manage just a six point lead at half-time.
After scoring last week’s match winner, Boyd Cordner looked to have replicated that same play when he again charged on to a Pearce pass only to be denied by a desperate Peta Hiku coming over the top. Hiku, the Manly fullback, then raced from the right side of the field to the left corner to defuse a contested last-tackle bomb to halt the Roosters from opening the scoring early in the game.
Both sides marched up the field and found space on the edge. It was Frank-Paul Nuuausala’s return to the field in the second half that helped the Roosters charge.
They almost enjoyed their first points when centre Michael Jennings looked to have got on the outside of opposite Jamie Lyon. It was the only time Jennings had room against his opposite number, but he spilt the ball short of the try line.
A Lyon penalty goal on the stroke of full-time extended the lead to eight.
MANLY 8 (C Blair try J Lyon 2 goals) bt SYDNEY ROOSTERS 0 at Allianz Stadium. Referee: Ben Cummins, Gavin Reynolds. Crowd: 14,902.