A first-half blitz sealed the win for the Manly Sea Eagles as they trounced the South Sydney Rabbitohs 46-8 in a commanding victory that maintained their perfect record away from home this season.
Five unanswered tries in the opening half all but sealed the victory with the right edge attack of Dylan Walker and Akuila Uate having a field day.
The Fijian winger nabbed four tries on the back of quality lead-up play from his inside man in Walker.
Souths took the lead courtesy of a penalty goal before Manly hit back with a try, prop Brenton Lawrence powering over close to the line.
Manly had all the ascendancy from there as first, Daly Cherry-Evans kicked a forty-twenty before numerous forced drop-outs from Blake Green eventually led to a try for Curtis Sironen.
From there, the Sea Eagles had the Midas touch as they went on an attacking masterclass down the left flank, with the Bunnies unable to stop the onslaught.
There was at least one thing to cheer about for Souths fans, though, as they got on the board through centre Hymel Hunt late on.
That was all the cheering they would do, however, as Manly continued to pile on the pressure to record their resounding win.
Although the win was a team effort, Manly coach Trent Barrett praised the right edge of Walker and Uate, particularly the Fijian’s performance.
“I’m really happy for both of them, particularly Aku,” Barrett said.
“He had a horror 12 months where he was down on confidence and doubting his ability, I suppose. He’s very popular with the players, he’s a character and he worked really hard in the off-season and he’s getting rewarded for it.”
Surprisingly, Manly’s away record is better than their home record but despite that, the Sea Eagles are flying high and know that all points they can accrue are vital.
“They’re a pretty tight group and they enjoy spending time together,” Barrett said.
“We’ve got a pretty young squad and we can control things a bit better when we’re all together and get them in the right frame of mind.
We’d certainly like to win at home [as well] because it’d help. I don’t care where we play; we just need to play well.”
Souths coach Michael Maguire was a dejected figure post-game, lamenting his side for poor defence and an inability to stop second phase play.
“It was our defence that let us down and it allowed them to really capitalise on the things that happened out there,” Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire said.
“I think everyone would be able to tell you how Manly play – they play with their offloads – and Api Koroisau and Trbojevic feed off the back of that.”
Player of the Game:
3. Dylan Walker
2. Akuila Uate
- Brenton Lawrence
Sea Eagles 46 (Akuila Uate 4, Brenton Lawrence, Curtis Sironen, Jorge Taufua, Jake Trbojevic, Blake Green tries; Dylan Walker 3, Jackson Hastings 2 goals) def. Rabbitohs 8 (Hymel Hunt try; Adam Reynolds 2 goals) at Allianz Stadium. Half-time: 30-2. Crowd: 10,594.