The Wests Tigers took on the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles to kick off Anzac Day Footy for 2021.

The Tigers entered with a 1-5 record at 14th on the ladder while the Sea eagles entered with a 2-4 record, sitting at 13th.

However, both sides had improved very much in recent weeks and the game measured up to be a good one.

The Tigers started perfectly. They dominated possession and field position until they eventually cracked the defence.

Luke Brooks put a grubber through and it deflected off a defender, into the in-goal area.

Luciano Leilua fell over but managed to crawl to the ball to plant it down and score the try.

Adam Doueihi converted to make the lead 6-0.

30 minutes in, the Sea eagles would hit back with a try of their own.

Josh Schuster would run sideways before busting through the defensive line, 40 metres out.

He drew in Daine Laurie and gave it to Daly Cherry-Evans who was supporting up the middle to score under the posts.

Reuben Garrick converted to level it at 6-all.

On the very next set, the Sea Eagles would go back to back.

Tom Trbojevic busted straight through the defensive line and gave it on the inside to Daly Cherry-Evans in support.

Cherry-Evans scored his double and Garrick converted again to make the lead 12-6.

Again on the very next set, the Sea Eagles would get their third in a row.

Trbojevic busted directly through the middle of the defence again.

Cherry-Evans got the ball in support before giving it to Martin Taupau to score under the posts.

Garrick added the 2 to make the lead 18-6. This score held until the half time break.

Early in the second half, the Tigers would be penalised near the goal line and Garrick kicked the penalty goal.

A few minutes later, Schuster made a break down the right side. He hit Trbojevic on the inside to run away and score.

Garrick added the 2 to make the lead 26-6.

With 20 minutes left, the Sea eagles spread left for Garrick to plant it down in the corner.

Garrick missed his first kick of the afternoon so the lead remained 30-6.

A few minutes later, Manly would be back on the goal line.

Cherry-Evans put a cross-field kick in on the last tackle and Jason Saab out jumped David Nofoaluma to take it down and score.

Garrick missed again and the lead remained 34-6.

With 5 minutes left, the Sea Eagles would score the final points of the game.

Kieran Foran dummied his way through and strolled over to score. Garrick added the 2 to make the full-time score 40-6.

The Tigers lost their fourth game in a row and will attempt to break that streak against the Dragons at Wollongong next Sunday arvo.

Meanwhile, the Sea Eagles will look to continue their winning streak against premiership favourites, the undefeated Panthers on Saturday afternoon at Bathurst.

Trbojevic was disappointed to be out for as long as he was but he knows this Manly side is capable of anything they put their minds to.

“We’ve really improved as a side and I think it’s probably surprised a few people, but we knew we were a good footy team and we just needed to turn it around,” Trbojevic said.

“You take any fullback out of any side, they’re not going to be as good as they were before. I knew that I could help out the team.”

After another embarrassing loss, Tigers coach Michael Maguire says he will contemplate changes with their available players.

“I’ll make the right decisions with what we have available,” Maguire said.

NRL News Player of the Game

3. Tom Trbojevic (MAN)

2. Daly Cherry-Evans (MAN)

1. Josh Schuster (MAN)

Manly Sea Eagles halfback and captain Daly Cherry-Evans

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