In a nutshell
Jamie Buhrer scored a 77th minute try to give the Sea Eagles a superb come-from-behind victory.
How it unfolded
7’ – A succession of clever passes and a classy step from Steve Matai, sees the centre go over to open the scores. Jamie Lyon adds the extras: 6-0.
21’ – A gorgeous, flat cross-field kick from Johnathan Thurston is taken Aussie-Rules style by Kyle Feldt, who touches down expertly but fails to convert his own four-pointer: 6-4.
28’ – The Cowboys hit the front for the first time after an impressive spell of keeping the ball alive, with Thurston again heavily involved. Brent Tate eventually found a gap and went over. Feldt blasts wide, and Thurston needs to take back the kicking duties: 6-8.
32’ – Brent Tate goes over again thanks to a Thurston inside ball that created a huge gap. Thurston returns as kicker and slots the extras: 6-14.
42’ – Jamie Lyon puts in a shoulder charge and is penalised. Johnathan Thurston opts to kick at goal from close and straight on but pulls it wide. Justice has been served as Lyon’s penalty was a little harsh.
49’ – Jorge Taufua goes in at the left corner despite the efforts of the Cowboys defence. Lyon, from the touchline, just misses the conversion: 10-14.
58’ – Fantastic team effort from the Cowboys sees them reinstate their two-score lead. Thurston links up with Tate yet again and the ball is kept alive down the right, with winger Curtis Rona touching down. Thurston swings one through the sticks: 10-20.
67’ – Taufua grabs his second thanks to a Stewart Matai combination. Lyon pulls the goal wide: 14-20.
72’ – Foran goes over for Manly, with the video ref taking a couple of minutes to eventually award the four-pointer. Lyon converts to level the scores: 20-20.
76’ – Johnathan Thurston lands a field-goal: 20-21.
77’ – Buhrer scores a try for Manly after refusing a field-goal. Lyon converts to make it 26-21 with less than three minutes to go.
78’ – Cowboys regather short kick-off, but it’s not enough.
Want more Rugby League news and features? Subscribe to the online version of League Express newspaper and Rugby League World magazine. You can also connect with Total Rugby League on the social media platform of your choice.
Enjoyed this? Get these!
Comment on this story on our Fans Forum