The Manly Sea Eagles escaped with a 22-21 win in a golden point thriller at the New Zealand Warriors. The hosts seemed to be heading for victory but two field goals from Daly Cherry-Evans stole the points. The win sees Manly cement their place in the top eight while the Warriors extended their losing run to eight games.
1 Errors cost Warriors
The Warriors fought well in the contest and looked to have won the game when Shaun Johnson slotted a 73rd minute field goal. But a penalty in the next set of six saw Manly find the try line. The hosts then sent the kick-off out on the full, giving Manly the field position to send the game into golden point.
During golden point, the Warriors were building towards a field goal after a line break but they were bundled into touch after looking for a try out wide. Manly sealed the win from the following set.
2 David Fusitu'a stars in a beaten side
Despite his side being beaten, David Fusitu'a produced a stellar two-try showing for the Warriors. He showed magical hands to hold the ball in horrible conditions and also set up a try for Blake Ayshford.
Fusitu'a wasn't shy about running the ball up to help his forwards out and was his side's best player by some way.
3 Manly stars stand tall when needed
Manly's star men were kept relatively quiet throughout the contest and were pinned in their own end for much of the first half. Cherry-Evans had plenty of traffic sent his way and was forced to make 35 tackles.
But when it mattered, they turned up as Tom Trbojevic created a try with and chip and chase before DCE nailed two field goals to win the game.
4 Manly must improve before finals
Should Manly, as expected, make the finals then they will have to make improvements to be a serious contender for the Premiership. Their form hasn't been great over the past couple of months, having lost to the lowly Tigers and Bulldogs before just sneaking past the Warriors.
Left edge defence is an area they need to address if the Sea Eagles are to compete with the NRL's best bit.
5 Low turnout for Warriors' home finale
A crowd of 9167 turned up to see the Warriors' final home game of the season. A combination of the poor weather conditions and their side's lacklustre performances may have played a part.
But from watching the game on TV, the stadium looked empty and shows that the NRL has to do something about dwindling crowd attendance at games.
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