Last placed Manly, whose only win of the year thus far came against the Melbourne Storm, have repeated the result with a hard fought 12-10 victory on a cold and wet night in Melbourne.
Manly kicked an early penalty goal before tries to Marika Koribete and Cooper Cronk gave the Storm a 10-2 lead at the break.
As the rain began to fall early in the second half, so did the number of penalties in Manly’s favour, which eventually proved too much for the Storm defence, when Tom Symonds scored to reduce Manly’s deficit to 4.
Recently returned winger David Williams scored a try inside the last ten minutes which he converted to give Manly a two point victory.
Storm: 1. Cameron Munster; 2. Mahe Fonua, 3. Will Chambers, 4. Kurt Mann, 5. Marika Koroibete; 6. Blake Green, 7. Cooper Cronk; 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Cameron Smith (c), 10. Jordan McLean, 11. Kevin Proctor, 12. Tohu Harris, 13. Dale Finucane.
14. Ryan Hinchcliffe, 15. Tim Glasby, 17. Felise Kaufusi, 22. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
Tries: Koroibete (18), Cronk (32)
Goals: Smith 1/2
Sea Eagles: 21. Brett Stewart (c); 18. Jorge Taufua, 1. Peta Hiku, 4. Steve Matai, 5. David Williams; 6. Keiran Foran, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans; 8. Jake Trbojevic, 9. Matt Ballin, 15. Luke Burgess, 11. Jamie Buhrer, 12. Justin Horo, 13. Tom Symonds.
10. Willie Mason, 16. Dunamis Lui, 17. Ligi Sao, 20. Jayden Hodges
Tries: Symonds (50), Williams (72)
Goals: Williams 2/3
Rugby Leaguer & League Express Men of the Match:
Sea Eagles: Daly Cherry-Evans
Storm: Blake Green