Sea Eagles scrape home in a thriller

Departing halfback Trent Hodkinson has played one of his best games of the year to revive the Sea Eagles premiership campaign with a 19-16 win over the Warriors.

Hodkinson who is set to join the Bulldogs next year, stole the show with a remarkable performance as he proved his worth to the Sea Eagles side who will miss him next year.

A field goal from Hodkinson sealed the win for Manly in a topsy-turvy affair that had 5 lead changes, it was the final act from Hodkinson that awarded the Sea Eagles the win.

“I put my hand up, I was quite happy to give it a shot,” Hodkinson said of the kick which clipped Sam Rapira’s hand on its journey.

Asked about his departure from the Sea Eagles, Hodkinson said his focus remains with the Sea Eagles.

“I’m just keen to rip in for the Sea Eagles for the remainder of the year and go as far as we can,” he said.

The win puts the Sea Eagles ahead of the Roosters and Warriors and moves them into fifth spot.

“We just had to win tonight, that’s put it in perspective just where this game was,” Manly coach Des Hasler said

“That first half … it was probably the worst half of completions that we’ve put together this year, but we found a way, the boys dug deep when they had to defend their tryline and we came up with the points.”

When quizzed as to whether or not his side would make the top 4, Hasler said “We weren’t really thinking about the top four, we were just thinking about winning games of football”.

“It’s pretty hard trying to work out what the equation’s going to be, but it’s a lot easier when you’re winning games of football.”

Manly’s back-row will find it hard to make an impact next week with both Shane Rodney (knee) and Anthony Watmough (ankle) both in doubt for next week’s clash.

Warriors lock Micheal Luck suffered a horrific injury that was very graphic and even had players turn away as a result of too much blood.

Manly giant Tony Williams won the battle of the Titans against Manu Vatuvei, with T-Rex scoring a double either side of half-time both set up by Glenn Stewart offloads.

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