Playing away in Auckland is never an easy game but the Manly Sea Eagles have come away with one, defeating the New Zealand Warriors 34-18 at Mt Smart Stadium.
Some accurate goal-kicking from Jamie Lyon helped as Manly always held onto their lead throughout the game and eventually winning solidly.
It was all about power running and bashing the ball up through the middle, as Manly led the game from start to finish. Only late on, however, did they seal the victory, as the Warriors somehow stayed in the contest.
Errors galore let the Warriors down early, as Manly capitalised with some early tries to their forwards, asserting their dominance.
In a see-sawing game in terms of possession, the Warriors had every chance to get back into the contest and did so through Manly errors and penalties.
But as the game wore on, Manly regained the ascendancy and held the Warriors at bay.
The same errors and penalties let the Warriors down and captain Ryan Hoffman knows that was the case.
“Yeah certainly [we were our own worst enemy], I thought we just gave them too much ball, too many errors and too many penalties coming out of their own end,” Hoffman said.
“We just put ourselves under too much pressure.”
Starting well was the key for Manly and they did just that, setting the tone early.
“We started well and our defence was really good, particularly in that first half, I thought we just showed a lot of intent in everything we did,” Manly coach Trent Barrett said.
“Our aim was to start well and I guess we built our way into the game.”
Player of the Game:
3. Jake Trbojevic
2. Steve Matai
1. Solomone Kata
Sea Eagles 34 (Steve Matai 2, Martin Taupau, Josh Starling, Tom Trbojevic tries; Jamie Lyon 7 goals) defeated Warriors 18 (Blake Ayshford, Issac Luke, Solomone Kata tries; Shaun Johnson 3 goals) at Mt Smart Stadium. Half-time: 12-6 (Sea Eagles). Crowd: 16,112.