Although the Sea Eagles attempted to mount a late fightback, after they were trailing 12-6 at the break, the Dragons determination and will to win shone through – with the club getting the win in front of their vocal home crowd.
Despite two wins on the trot however, Dragons coach Steve Price knows that the road is a long one, and he has no plans to look very far ahead, at this stage.
“That’s what we prided our Dragons trademark on, being ruthless and I thought we were that tonight,” said Price, now a winner of three of his first four games.
“It’s been a positive start, but it’s only round four.”
Despite the loss however, Manly coach Geoff Toovey was pleased with his side’s performance, in light of the injuries to some key players.
“I’m very happy with the way players that filled those positions played tonight,” Toovey said.
“They’re quality players … I thought they really had a dig and with a bit of luck some of those decisions might have gone our way if we’re at Brookvale.”
He was however puzzled as to how the first try for Dragons winger Jason Nightingale was awarded.
“You can’t say too much because you get in trouble but I’ll be very interested in hearing their explanation.”
Whatever doubts Toovey had about the try, the man himself had none whatsoever.
“I was trying to figure out what it was (the video referee was looking for) because I knew I didn’t knock it on; I knew I got it down,” he said.
“The whole try was in slow motion and when they put it in slow motion (on the replay) it looked even slower … I’m glad they gave it benefit of the doubt in the end.”