The Bulldogs may have won the game but the talking point could have very nearly been a controversial one over a try given to Manly.
With 16-12 victory over Manly in what was a gritty, tough and error-riddled affair, the game went down to the wire and whilst Manly had their chances against a tiring Bulldogs pack, they could not take advantage.
It was the forwards that led the way for the Dogs with both Aiden Tolman and James Graham laying the platform. It follows on from their strong performance last week and Tolman says he & Graham just go out there and do the job props are supposed to do.
“That’s our role in the team,” Tolman said.
“I know that’s my job, that’s what front rowers do, we’ve got to get those metres coming off our own line, we’ve got to set up the plays.”
The Manly try that caused so much controversy came in the second half when Steve Matai bundled his way over claiming a try. On-field referee Matt Cecchin called it no-try and sent it up to the video ref. After repeated looks, the on-field decision was reversed and the try was given to Manly.
Tolman had stern words for Cecchin, adamant that there was not enough conclusive evidence to overturn his decision.
Bulldogs coach Des Hasler was careful not to say too much about the incident.
“Aiden was pretty sure that the player didn’t get the ball down,” he said.
As for Manly, coach Geoff Toovey was frustrated at his side’s inability to apply pressure.
“The effort’s there but the execution was really poor,” Toovey said.
“Towards the end where we could have won the game I thought we were really poor.”
Player of the Game:
3. Moses Mbye
2. Tim Lafai
1. Daly Cherry-Evans
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 16 (Lafai 2, Perrett tries; Hodkinson 2 goals) defeated Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 12 (Mateo, Matai, Hiku tries) at Brookvale Oval. Crowd: 10,498