Manly Sea Eagles fullback Tom Trbojevic

Their injury toll is astronomical as it is but the Manly Sea Eagles have suffered more, despite an upset win over the Penrith Panthers.

Dylan Walker was the main casualty, suffering a knee injury. Although, he was cleared of an ACL which is some solace.

Penrith themselves were hit by injury as form back-rower Viliame Kikau went down clutching a knee after a collision.

The game itself was a comedy of errors as both sides struggled to hold onto the ball.

Veteran back-rower Joel Thompson showed everyone how it is done, though, charging over to score the game’s first try.

Prior to that, the only scoring chance was a penalty goal to Penrith five-eighth James Maloney.

Try as they might to score, both sides were simply calamitous with the ball in hand.

There was eventually more points as Dallin Watene-Zelezniak charged like a front-rower to barge over and score.

Another Penrith error proved costly as Tom Trbojevic’s cut-out ball found Matthew Wright to score.

Another Maloney penalty goal locked the scores up at 18-10.

Manly half Trent Hodkinson then scored the next eight points; first a penalty goal and then a converted try.

Manly’s cause was helped when Nathan Cleary was sent to the sin-bin.

Penrith coach Anthony Griffin lamented his side’s performance and admits they have some soul-searching to do.

“Today was a poor performance for us as a club, it’s not what we pride ourselves on,” coach Anthony Griffin said.

“We need to get together and regroup, believe in ourselves and play better than what we did today.

“We’ve just got to have a really honest review and I think next week in a way, we’ll have a group of guys that are together the whole week, it’ll be an uninterrupted week.”

Manly coach Trent Barrett admits that his side’s performance was not pretty but it was dogged and determined.

“It was really gutsy,” Barrett said.

“It wasn’t pretty.

“We turned over a lot of footy. But we hung in and hung in and hung in.

“I’m just really proud of the players that they’ve stuck together over the past month. It’s been difficult.”

Player of the Game:

3. Tom Trbojevic

2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak

  1. Joel Thompson

 

By ricky

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