Michael Oldfield

If you ask Michael Oldfield, he would probably tell you that the three tries he scored, were the easiest of his career – as the Manly Sea Eagles defeated the St George Illawarra Dragons 20-8, at Brookvale Oval.

The game was a topsy-turvy one, with Manly setting the early ascendancy, before a Dragons resurgence looked on the cards – only for Manly to once again wrestle back control, and escape with the victory.

Manly coach Geoff Toovey is pleased that his side has the bye coming up, with captain Jason King missing the game due to illness, and Kieran Foran still struggling with an ankle injury.

“For us the bye has come at a great time, as long as we can maintain that momentum after the break we will be in good stead,” Toovey said.

There are also concerns over the fitness of utility Jamie Buhrer from the game, who left the field with a back injury – although Toovey is unsure as to how serious the injury is.

“We will find out how bad it is tomorrow,” he said.

Although Dragons coach Steve Price thought that his side’s defence was as good as you will see it – it was the attack of his side that worried him, citing it as an area that needs improvement.

“I am very proud of the guys’ effort and the way they had a dig,” Price said.

“Our defence was outstanding in the first half, but we need to work on our execution. But we’ll fix it.”

By ricky

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