All anyone can talk about is the controversy after a huge Manly Sea Eagles win over the Brisbane Broncos, as fans were left scratching their heads.

Although Broncos coach Kevin Walters was not going to dwell on what happened, he put the blame on his own side and labelled them as soft.

Within forty seconds, the Broncos had both Tyson Gamble and Jordan Riki sin-binned as they played an eight of the game with just 11 men.

Although the focus should be on another dominant Manly display, it is instead on the NRL’s strict enforcement on tackles around the head or neck in the game.

It took fourteen minutes but Manly scored first points as Jason Saab flew down the sideline and found Tom Trbojevic inside to score.

Martin Taupau would then show off his ball-playing ability with a bullet-like pass close to the line for fellow forward Sean Keppie who strolled over.

Trbojevic would then turn provider for Saab to score his first, as the lanky winger stepped inside the Broncos defender and planted the ball down to score.

The Broncos would finally score late in the first half – this would be their only points – as Jamayne Isaako jinked and ducked his way past defenders to score.

At 20-6 at the break, the Broncos may have thought they would be a chance.

Instead, it only got uglier in more ways than one for the languishing Broncos outfit.

Saab would use his height perfectly to start the second half as he soared highest off a Daly Cherry-Evans crossfield kick, plucked the ball from the air, and scored.

You would think that being down 26-6 was bad enough but it was only going to get worse for the Broncos.

Both Gamble and Riki were sin-binned in this time and the pressure of defending with just eleven men would prove too much not long after.

Tom Trbojevic would again turn provider, this time laying on a lovely short pass for his brother Jake who strolled through to score.

Lachlan Croker would then add to the tally as he collected a rocket-like pass from Cherry-Evans before evading a defender to get over the line.

Manly would have a go down the left side this time as Reuben Garrick broke down the sideline.

Close to going out, Garrick flicked the ball back inside for Josh Schuster who found Tom Trbojevic for his second.

Interchange utility Cade Cust then got some attacking stats of his own as he sliced through the Broncos defence.

On his inside was Schuster who ran the remainder of the field to score, putting the score at 50-6 after Garrick’s conversion.

This would be the biggest ever win for the Manly side against the Broncos in their history.

If all of that was not bad enough for the Broncos, remarkably, they had five players put on report (Gamble would be on report twice).

On top of Gamble’s double report, Matt Lodge, Tevita Pangai Junior, and Jordan Riki was also put on report twice.

Refusing to criticise the refereeing calls or the new rules, Broncos coach Kevin Walters felt sorry for his fans.

“It was a terrible night for Broncos people. I feel sorry for all of our fans and sponsors,” Walters said.

“We started soft and got softer as the game went on.

“Tonight was probably our worst performance since I’ve been here.

“We were all aware of that (new edict), everyone was notified … the referees don’t tick the scoreboard over.”

Manly coach Des Hasler said he has no problems with the new rules but wants to see how consistently they are applied.

“I think there was a warning and edict pretty well sent out. Obviously, we’re going to see a bit more of it over the weekend,” Hasler said.

“They’ve made their bed now so we’ve just got to respond to it and get on with it.”

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