Some were expecting a blow-out given the way Manly has been playing but that was far from the case, as the Manly Sea Eagles only just got over the line against the St George Illawarra Dragons, who showed a ton of resolve to go toe-to-toe with a competition heavyweight.
Whilst the Dragons can take a lot out of the game, NSW Origin will be eagerly awaiting the news on Manly fullback Brett Stewart and Dragons winger Brett Morris, after both went down with injuries during the game.
Stewart sustained a hip injury but it may well be Morris’ injury that proves to be more serious, after he went down clutching his knee after being taken over the sideline in a tackle.
Despite that, both clubs say they do not appear to be serious, with Manly coach Geoff Toovey saying:
“I am not quite sure what happened to Brett, he said he copped a knee in the back, so at halftime we decided to leave him off as a precaution,” Manly coach Geoff Toovey said.
“He seems alright in the sheds now but we’ll wait to see what the scans say.”
For the Dragons, High Performance Director Andrew Gray was confident that there was no long-term damage but that the club would have to wait and see.
“Brett just had a twisting injury to his knee and he seems to have a bit of a sprain on the outside of his knee,” Gray said.
“But we need to scan him tomorrow just as a precaution to exclude the possibility of there being any other damage inside his knee, but at this stage it doesn’t seem to be too serious.”
On the game itself, Toovey was pleased with his side’s win, particularly in the absence of several key props and centre Steve Matai.
“It was a hard win for the boys, we defended very strongly for one another and it was a very pleasing to get the two points,” he said.
It was a different story for Dragons coach Steve Price, who was disappointed that his side could not win the game having dominated for large periods during it.
“When you dominate in possession and in metres and come away with a loss it’s hard to take,” he said.
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