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Match report: South Sydney Rabbitohs 12-14 Manly Sea Eagles

Match report: South Sydney Rabbitohs 12-14 Manly Sea Eagles

by: League Express, March 14, 2014, 10:49 am

In a nutshell
A late penalty from Jamie Lyon secured a dramatic victory over South Sydney, earning them their first victory of the 2014 NRL season.

How it unfolded
First half: The Sea Eagles took the lead early on, as Cheyse Blair scrambled over in the corner to nudge Manly in front, with Jamie Lyon missing the kick. A Lyon penalty nudged the lead out to six, before a Sam Burgess try reduced the deficit to too; as the England international pounced on a loose ball. Bizarrely though, Adam Reynolds pulled the kick from almost bang in front.

Second half: The Manly lead didn’t last for long, as Beau Champion took a pass from Reynolds to charge over and put Souths in front for the first time; Reynolds nailed the goal to put the Rabbitohs 10-6 up. Reynolds then notched a penalty of his own to put the lead out to six, before Manly levelled it up. A magnificent break from Jamie Buhrer set Daly Cherry-Evans away, and Lyon kicked the goal to make it 12-12. Both sides then missed attempts at drop-goals as the match entered the final moments, before the trusty boot of Lyon secured victory, via a routine penalty.

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