Coming off a 3-game losing streak, Manly were keen to reverse their fortunes, and they did just that – with the Northern Beaches based club snapping their 3-game losing streak in their first home game of the season, at Brookvale Oval.
The Panthers were never in the contest, due to their pedestrian errors, lack of cohesion and execution from players, as well as silly penalties at inopportune times.
Manly on the other hand, whilst not brilliant, did enough to get the victory, with their two late inclusions in Dean Whare and Liam Foran having an impact, to get the Manly side over the line.
Things only got worst for the Panthers, with five-eighth Travis Burns put on report for a high shot – one that he is likely to miss a few weeks for.
Despite some resolve at times in defence from the Panthers, they let themselves down with continued errors and penalties, giving Manly the chance to constantly attack their line.
Although the likelihood of Daly Cherry-Evans getting a starting berth in the Australian side is unlikely, Manly forward Anthony Watmough believes Cherry-Evans should come under strong consideration.
“If he’s not there he won’t be far off … I hope gets another crack because the way he’s been playing, I don’t think there’s a better player in the comp at the moment,” Watmough said.
“If he gets a crack, he’ll fit in, he’s one of the those players that can fit in anywhere.”
For Panthers coach Ivan Cleary, he was disappointed with the way his side caved in, and committed so many fundamental errors, particularly in the second half.
“You hope you can come out and build some pressure but we just couldn’t do it,” Cleary said.
“They showed the template of how to win footy games tonight and they did it well.
“Manly are the best at it or one of the best – laying the foundations of a tough win and that’s what they did.”