Coming off a gruelling contest against Melbourne last week and a Canberra side determined for victory, the Manly Sea Eagles side have held on in a closely fought contest against the Raiders, winning 16-10 at Brookvale Oval.
Canberra were the dominant side for 55 minutes but were only able to score two tries through winger Edrick Lee, though it was two late tries for Manly that won the game, as they avoided three straight home losses for the first time in nine years.
Canberra had a chance to make things interesting late on, but young back Jack Wighton was unable to hold onto a deft kick by youngster Anthony Milford.
The Raiders will also face a tense next few days, waiting to see what the NRL judiciary will say about captain David Shillington, who was put on report for a high tackle on Manly centre Steve Matai.
With their tough game last week, Manly coach Geoff Toovey admits that his side were a bit jaded and flat, feeling the effects of the tough contest.
“We were a bit flat today, a bit tight, a Valium bit jaded maybe and there players are looking forward to this rest,” Manly coach Geoff Toovey said referring to their bye next week.
“We didn’t do too much this week. We just rested up and had a bit of a run yesterday and played today,” said Ballin, who topped the match tackle count with 44.
“I think we believed the whole time we could win and it showed by our defence.
“I still think we were pretty poor with the ball … but we’re getting better.
Raiders coach David Furner lamented his side’s inability to put pressure on the Manly line via repeat sets and felt that a few calls were 50/50.
“We didn’t switch off, I just thought that the possession we were given that we needed to turn that into more sets,” Furner said.
“What we did in the first half was quite clinical. We get those repeat sets and kept Manly on their line.
“We needed to do that in the second half.
The returning Jarrod Croker also suffered a hamstring injury.
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