NYC Match Review
Manly have won their second game of the season at Brookvale Oval this afternoon off the back of another great attacking performance, which saw fullback Tom Trbojevic score three more tries to add to his four from last weeks win over the Parramatta Eels.
The Sea Eagles were looking to keep up the good form from last week and got off to a great start with a brilliant team try that set the standard for the rest of the match.
They quickly added on to the 6-0 score line when James Parker took the intuitive and powered through some weak Storm defence to score the Sea Eagles second try.
Melbourne throughout the match showed their prowess when attacking the high ball and a brilliant take from out wide got them onto the scoreboard, which was converted in of the upright.
But that was as exciting as it got for the Melbourne side who were blown away in the first half with Manly scoring five tries with them all be converted.
Manly’s third try was created again after another surging break through the middle of the Storm’s defence. Riley Travers brook away from the trailing pack and was then able to offload to a flying fullback Tom Trbojevic, who ran another 40 metres untouched to score his first try of the evening.
Off the back of some great defence, Manly found themselves in Melbourne’s half and Pratt found it too easy from dummy half to score between the sticks, and his conversion was no different.
Manly then took a stranglehold on the game after another swift backline move found Garner for Manly’s fifth try, which was converted to take Manly’s lead to 30-6 at half-time.
The second half started like the first ended with the Sea Eagles in the ascendancy.
Short side of play from dummy half found Pearsall who turned back inside for Tom Trbojevic who scored his second under the posts.
Tom Trbojevic was on a mission to improve on his four try hauling from last week and he crossed for his third when he found another hole in Melbourne’s line.
Melbourne finally had something to cheer about when winger Vunivatu crashed over in the corner. The same player was then influential in the next play as the Melbourne Storm mounted a late show. The young winger rose high to catch a crossed field kick before quickly offloading to the inside man Junior Kirisome.
Credit to the Storm who attempted to keep themselves in the game when Tony Tumusa scored in the left corner for Melbourne as they narrowed Manly’s lead.
However, it was Manly who finished strongest and the win was rounded off after some good possession. Addison Demetriou received the ball off a Melbourne drop out and the young man would simply not go down as he charged through Melbourne’s players. He was eventually brought down but a quick play the ball allowed Tom Trbojevic to set up Manly’s final try for Lukas Price in the corner despite cries from the crowd to go for his fourth.
Manly made in 2 wins a row for the 2015 season and showed again the attacking master class they possess and with a defence they can build off. 46-20 was the final score with Manly showing their strength in 2015.