Manly fall over the line 22-20

Manly Sea Eagles Brisbane Broncos Round 9 2009The Manly Sea Eagles finally rode their luck, despite a poor game for the most part, the Eagles did just enough to get home 22-20 over the tiring Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.

In an exciting match, where Jamie Lyon got 3 tries to be the only real stand-out for his side – the Sea Eagles were given a very lucky call after a Lyon knock-on over the try line was awarded a try.

Commentators, fans and viewers alike were stunned when the try was awarded, after the ball bounced off Lyons body, and was grounded soon after.

To their credit, the Sea Eagles used their good fortune to build on it. Their attack remains disjointed, and their kicking game was horrid – but they did enough to grind out the win.

Lyon, who did more than enough to earn himself a spot in the New South Wales Origin team, kicked 3 conversions and was dangerous with most touches.

The Broncos were leading 16-6 at half time and were looking good through their young stars.

But while the Broncos had a chance to tie the game on the bell through a nice Winterstein try and missed Parker conversion, the turning point was certainly the mistake by video referee Paul Simpkins.

Simpkins ruled Lyon had grounded the ball with his torso in the 46th minute to haul Manly back to 16-12 before winger Michael Bani crossed to level the scores after 50 minutes.

The controversy returned again, with Lyon’s 3rd try. This time Lyon batted the ball deliberately up over the head of Winterstein to score, in what was a carbon copy of the Jarryd Hayne no try last week.

But this week it was ruled a try, Simpkins infuriating Broncos fans when he sent up the green light for Lyon’s third touchdown.

But the effort by Winterstein in the final seconds was spectacular, the speedy winger racing to gather in a Wallace bomb over the top of David Williams to score. Bronco Corey Parker having a sideline conversion to force the game into extra-time.

However, Parker’s kick missed by the smallest of margins – giving Manly something to cheer about, the 2008 premiers getting a desperately needed win.

The Broncos were forced to blood youngsters on the edges, with Hodges missing from Friday night and Karmichael Hunt out of the side.

Brisbane also welcomed back livewire hooker PJ Marsh who added good thrust from dummy half.

Manly, who had won just 2 of their 8 clashes, get themselves on to 6 competition points and still remain with a slight chance of making the Top 8.

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