Injury to Cherry-Evans dampens solid Manly win

Anthony Watmough
It was a rather impressive performance from the Manly Sea Eagles but the big talking point out of their game was an injury to key halfback, Daly Cherry-Evans.

Impressing early on, the live-wire half was producing some good play before leaving the field in the second half after Sam Kasiano dived at his legs after he kicked the ball.

Although it would appear that the club merely opted to rest Cherry-Evans as a precaution for the upcoming Origin series, it is no doubt concerning for Queensland, already without Cooper Cronk.

The incident saw Kasiano put on report, with Manly winger Jorge Taufua also put on report for kneeing Canterbury Bulldogs fullback, Sam Perrett.

It was a game that belonged to Manly, as they cruised to a comfortable 32-10 win over the competition leaders.

Toovey gave an update on the injury to Cherry Evans.

“He hasn’t done any more damage to it, he’s just inflamed it a little bit,” said Toovey.

“Hopefully it’ll settle down in the next few days and he’ll be right to play.

With last week’s game not as impressive, the side’s turnaround is what impressed Toovey most.

“It was just the turnaround from last week – we knew we were a bit flat last week,” said Toovey.

“These conditions probably didn’t suit our style of game, but I thought we adapted really well.”

The Bulldogs started the game well but could not go on with it, as the period leading into half-time ended up costing them.

“It was probably that stanza at the end of the first half where we lost our way a little bit,” said Bulldogs coach Des Hasler.

“We didn’t get much ball there but they made the most of their opportunities tonight and I thought we were a little tardy.

“We were off in our execution.”

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