Daly Cherry-Evans gets man of the match in a commanding performance by the Sea Eagles even though they faded slightly in the second half.
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79 min: These late tries are damaging Manly's points differential as they chase the top Dogs in top spot.
Into the last minute now the Raiders attacking. Buttriss puts in a nothing kick straight to Robinson and they put it straight into touch to put Canberra out of the misery.
76 min: Shillington offloads and Taufua tries a strip but they get six more. No they don't as Lawrence toes ahead a loose pass and manages to flick it inside as it bounces out with the line in sight but the Raiders mop up.
Then Shillington makes another bust and puts McCrone in for a TRY!
Milford misses a sitter of a conversion from almost in front.
74 min: Having said that Campese puts in a little bomb, it's batted back, Horo picks up the crumbs and finds Wighton who slides over in the corner. TRY!
Or is it. It's gone upstairs for various issues - offside, knock-on etc ...
73 min: DCE has a kick charged down by guess who - Croker - and he streaks down the line and dives over, taking the corner post with him but it looks like he might have put a foot out.
It's gone upstairs ...
A foot has just dragged into touch and he lost the ball grounding as well. Scrum to Manly.
Unlucky. Great solo effort by Croker but looks like the only way Canberra are gong to get any points.
71 min: Tupou fields a kick deep in his 10m and almost throws a looping pass right over the heads of his teammates but gets away with it. Buttriss kicks on the last still in their own half and Manly get it back with little pressure applied.
69 min: The Raiders might shelve the chip game for a while after that misadventure. But they've got the ball in Manly territory and the bomb goes up but Brett Stewart is under it.
66 min: Campese chips but Glenn Stewart comes up with and finds DCE in support. He chips, it's kneed ahead and the ball hits the post and bounces back fortuitously for Taufua to scoop it up one-handed and dot down under the posts. TRY!
65 min: Ballin offloads near the line but it's intercepted by Milford with the line begging and the Raiders get a let-off.
64 min: The Raiders are pinged for a tackle infringement and Manly build again from the halfway line. Glenn Stewart offloads and Hiku toes through but is tackled without it and Manly get another penalty.
62 min: The Raiders kick on the third and you can only ask why? Manly say thanks and give the green machine more tackling practice.
DCE chips and Glenn Stewart runs on to and tries to find his brother out wide. He tries to volley it but it is scooped by a Raider. Some fine soccer skills on show this afternoon for no reward so far.
60 min: Horo was a lost caught in a double coathanger there as Manly break out of their half in search of the half-century. It's taken them a while to get going this half.
They kick and Robinson goes for a run beating a couple of defenders to gain valuable ground.
Matai to kick from the sideline in place of the absent Lyon.
And he hits is sweetly inside the near post.
56 min: DCE puts in crossfield chip and it rebounds to Horo who grubbers after not hearing the "six to go" call but they get the ball back for the knock-on and spin it wide to the other flank for Hiku to go over in the corner for his FOURTH TRY!
55 min: Manly kick off and Edwards coughs it up on the second tackle to gift possession back to Manly and that pop you heard was Ricky Stuart's head exploding. Manly 42-10
Lyon off for Manly with a possible injury as Croker lines up the conversion attempt.
He slams it through and the Raiders hit double figures.
52 min: INTERCEPT! Croker pounces on another Stewart pass to streak away for the Raiders' second intercept try of the game and atone for his earlier error. Manly 42-8
51 min: Correction - Glenn Stewart has proved his fitness and won't be denied a gallop. He's back on. Manly 42-4
50 min: The Raiders looking disjointed in attack confronted by that wall of maroon, and cough up possession with Croker losing the ball in the play the ball. Manly 42-4
49 min: Glenn Stewart has an ankle injury and is unlikely to be risked for the rest of the game if the scoreline stays like this. The Raiders restart after DCE's kick goes dead. Manly 42-4
48 min: Tupou almost goes in again out wide but is dragged down just short. the Raiders bomb on the 5th and the ball bounces awkwardly but DCE comes up with it and a Raiders knock-on is ruled. Manly 42-4
46 min: Edwards puts a lovely chip in behind to the corner but Stewart gets a toe in the nick of time as the Raiders were inches away from adding to their solitary try. But they get another crack at the Manly line from the dropout. Manly 42-4
45 min: DEC throws a long pass looking for Lyon and he cleverly volleys a chip off his bootlaces but it is too deep and bounces dead. Would have been a miracle play if it had come off. Manly 42-4
44 min: Manly spread it wide early in the tackle count but a bit sideways as Lyon runs out of room. They kick on the last and Milford gets sacked in his own ingoal by a wall of Manly chasers. So Manly get it back from a dropout. Manly 42-4
42 min: Papalii almost makes a bust from the scrum base but is dragged down. McCrone puts a nice touch finder in and we'll have another scum just touside ther Manly 10m line. Manly 42-4
40 min: Canberra kick off and King takes the first hit-up followed by Lui and they get pegged on their 20m line. They kick on the last and the scrum will pack down on the Raiders' 20m. Manly 42-4
Twins Max and Wade aren't talking for the afternoon while @RaidersCanberra and @manlyseaeagles go into battle pic.twitter.com/WIUftIwV3H — Chris Dutton (@BlockaDutton) April 27, 2014
Autumn mist Campo hair McDonald's on Pittwater Road #hiku — Andrew Webster (@awebstar1) April 27, 2014
That's it. Half-time. A shaken-looking Terry Campese pledges a 'massive' second half from the Raiders as he is interviewed coming off the field. Says the Raiders turned up with the 'wrong attitude'. Thanks, scoop...
Manly lead 42-4.
Manly scoring tries Ricky angry A frog drowns in a pond #hiku — Andrew Webster (@awebstar1) April 27, 2014
The fightback is on, everyone - Canberra are in. Reece Robinson has stemmed the flow. The winger raced 80m after a cracking hit by Matt Allwood on Brett Stewart knocked the ball loose as Manly looked to set up another attack. The conversion is missed and Manly lead 42-4. Might that missed two points prove costly in the final reckoning?
Good to see Ricky Stuart working his coaching magic at Canberra! — Ian McCullough (@IanMac08) April 27, 2014
One more converted try here would equal the biggest half-time lead in NRL history 48-0, achieved by the Knights against the Cowboys a few years back.
Hat-trick Peta Hiku... after a quick check on the grounding the centre has his try treble confirmed. Grubber kick from - who else? - Cherry-Evans doing the damage. That's the 40 up for Manly. Canberra's players look absolutely shell-shocked. Lyon is landing them from all angles, too - that conversion from the sideline keeps hi 100% record today intact. Manly lead 42-0.
Brett Stewart in on the action now. Another who just loves playing at this ground. Six tries in half an hour now for Manly, all the Raiders can do from here is try to keep things respectable. Can they? I don't think so....
Man of the moment: Daly Cherry-Evans is running Canberra ragged at Brookvale Oval. Photo: Getty Images
Manly are over again... Hiku has his second. Cherry-Evans again at the heart of that one again, but the ease with which Manly are crossing the line when they get within range will have Ricky Stuart in a state of apoplexy...
Manly lead 30-0
Can the referee stop the fight after Manly's fifth try? #NRLMANCAN — Lee Gaskin (@Lee_Gaskin1) April 27, 2014
Now Watmough is over. The Sea Eagles are making this look easy.... the classic Brookvale Ovale welcome. Irresistable stuff from the Manly big guns. Lyon converts and it's 24-0 after just 16 minutes....
First sighting of the Raiders as an attacking proposition but Manly hold firm in defence to get the changeover. and straight away Manly are back on the Raiders' line after a 40-20...
CHRIS BARRETT: Wow. Cherry-Evans shows just why the Sea Eagles are saving a bucketload of cash to re-sign him. Manly are meant to be at loggerheads over the departure of Glenn Stewart to Souths next year but they're cruising thanks to their halfback so far today.
Brenton Lawrence is over now and it's a carve-up. Cherry-Evans again with the key pass, this time to Jamie Buhrer, who fed prop Lawrence to cross the line between the posts. 10 minutes gone and it's 18-0 Manly. Cherry-Evans in devasting form, and the Raiders are reeling....
Now Cherry-Evans puts Lyon across and the Eagles are flying... after a brief check for a possible obstruction, the video ref gives it the green light. Only six minutes gone and some highly alarming signs for the visitors. The ease with which Glenn Stewart and Cherry-Evans swept through the middle there will infuriate Ricky Stuart.
Manly lead 12-0.
Too easy..... Peta Hiku is over in acres of space for the first try off a lovely cut-out pass from Daly Cherry-Evans. Lyon pots the conversion and the Eagles lead 6-0.
Mistake from Milford, who got a bad bounce to be fair off Lyon's kick on the last, gives Manly the scrum feed 10 metres out...
Jamie Lyon kicks off, Dave Shillington carts it back and we're under way.
For the Raiders, hooker Glen Buttriss is making his 100th NRL appearance.
A debut today for Manly youngster Jack Littlejohn:
The aforementioned Matai is at the healthy odds of $8 to score the first try this afternoon. If I was a betting man - which I am, from time to time - I'd be tempted to have a nibble at that. He loves playing at Brookie.
Afternoon ladies and gents, Jim Morrison with you as Manly host the Raiders at a soggy Fortress Brookvale. The Raiders enjoyed a tremendous last-gasp win against the Storm last round, but it would be a brave man who tips them to repeat that feat this afternoon. For Manly, Jorge Taufua and Steve Matai are in immense form. Choc Watmough is back, too.