Manly Sea Eagles def Sydney Roosters, Round 2 score, highlights, stats, match report, video

The Manly Sea Eagles have started the season 2-0 after defeating the Sydney Roosters 21-14 in front of a packed Brookvale Oval crowd.

New recruit Luke Brooks was excellent for the Sea Eagles, as was centre Tolutau Koula.

It was an entertaining affair, but there were plenty of chances that went begging for both teams, especially the Sea Eagles.

Brooks almost had two tries in the first half, dropping a pass right near the line and then putting his foot into touch as he attempted to score in the corner.

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The five-eighth was everywhere for Manly, seemingly asking questions of the Roosters defence nearly every time he touched the ball.

The highlight for the Roosters came in the second half when Dom Young – in his first game for the club – raced 75m from an intercept to score.

Manly opened the scoring in controversial fashion in the 6th minute when Lachlan Croker was in the right place at the right time.

Roosters fullback James Tedesco dropped a Manly bomb which picked up by Croker who crossed the line for a four-pointer.

It was a very contentious decision as Manly fullback Tom Trbojevic chased the kick but didn’t contest the ball all the while making contact with Tedesco.

Both Fox League commentators were shocked that the try was awarded.

“I’m stunned that that isn’t a penalty for the Roosters,” Greg Alexander said.

“I am surprised,” Warren Smith added.

The Roosters would hit back through Daniel Tupou, who finished off some lovely back line play by Luke Keary and Tedesco.

The two teams exchanged tries again with Manly heading into the break up 12-10.

The Sea Eagles started strong in the second half thanks to a try to Tommy Talau – his first for his new club.

Haumole Olakau’atu almost went over twice in a minute, but went short in the first instance before the Bunker overturned his second attempt after a slight knock on was found.

Olakau’atu didn’t finish the game, being seen receiving sideline treatment on his leg in the final minutes.


Despite boasting the more talented forward pack, the Roosters engine room lost the physicality battle to the Manly pack according to Corey Parker and Michael Ennis.

Sea Eagles starting prop Taniela Paseka ran for 159 metres from 16 runs, causing Ennis to remark that he’s “never seen” the forward “run harder”.

Manly’s other starting prop Josh Aloiai also kept the Roosters honest all day while star back rower Haumole Olakau’atu continued his brilliant start to the season.

“The way they did it was through physicality and brutality in the opening parts of the second half against a very strong Roosters side. They went after them defensively,” Ennis said of Manly’s pack.

“I thought they won the battle physically today and that was the difference.”

The Roosters forwards meanwhile, consisting of Queensland star Lindsay Collins (75 metres), Suia Wong (62m) and Sitili Tupouniua (30m) failed to have much of an impact.


Luke Brooks was one of the best afield in Manly’s win against Souths in Las Vegas, and he backed it up with another strong performance against the Roosters in his second game for the club.

It’s clear the shackles have been released since the former Tiger arrived in Manly, with Brooks allowed to play a free-flowing game at five-eighth outside halfback Daly Cherry-Evans.

With Manly’s pack dominating the Roosters forwards (see above), Brooks was almost able to do what he liked off that terrific foundation as Corey Parker noted.

“In that first half, Brooks was terrific. He was looking down short sides, he was making line breaks, he nearly had two tries to himself,” Parker said on Fox League post-game.

Ennis believes that having the confidence to put his hand up and make a play has been the big difference from his time at the Tigers.

“I think he’s had the potential but he’s been in a side so down on confidence,” Ennis said.

“To have the experience of Cherry-Evans and Tom Trbojevic around him as well as Jake Trbojevic is so important.

“There were moments today in that first half where Manly were set and live to play both sides of the field and the ball went to Brooks. He had the confidence to step up and take moments.

“I thought he was terrific today.”


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