It was a game that you was not flashy, crafty, or artsy by any means, and it was perhaps one that left some fans a bit disappointed – but it was a win nonetheless for the Manly Sea Eagles, as they defeated the Canberra Raiders 18-12 at Brookvale Oval.
Despite the victory however, it may well be the post-match press conference from Raiders coach David Furner that is remembered – with the coach risking a $10,000 fine, after he questioned the performance of the referees.
With his side on the receiving end of an 8-3 penalty count at the end of the game, Furner was clearly irritated at what he saw as a distinct advantage to Manly, in that department.
“What I look at is the overall penalty count – 8-3 – now we’re not nearly a three times worse side in discipline than Manly,” Furner said.
“I don’t think anybody expected us to come here and win … maybe not them (referees).”
Whilst Manly coach Geoff Toovey did admit that the Raiders had some tough calls go against them, he says that that is just a part of the NRL at times.
“It could have gone either way, I thought, and we got away with the win. I suppose Canberra can feel a little bit unlucky,” he said.
Toovey was also full of praise for his fullback Brett Stewart, who was (according to the media), jostling with Raiders fullback Josh Dugan for a spot as the NSW fullback.
“I don’t think there was any great attacking displays today but the defence was very tough. I thought our defence on the line and our last-ditch efforts to save tries was outstanding, particularly from the fullback (Stewart),” he said.