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 :Digital Image by Grant Trouvile © NRLphotos  : 2015 NRL Round 2 - Manly Sea Eagles v Bulldogs at Brookvale, Friday 20th 2015.

The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles under 20’ s side have won three straight after a strong second half performance against the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs.

Perhaps the biggest shock of the match was that fullback, Tom Trbojevic didn’t get himself on the scoresheet after his impressive seven tries in the previous two rounds.

The game was riddled with errors throughout the match and it was Manly who was offered the first chance to score points. Making use of a favourable penalty count, Jesse Ramien scored in the corner to open preceding’s, however the conversion was just wide from the sideline and the score remained at 4-0.

The Bulldogs finally received some possession and of the back off one of their own penalties, Harry Pondekas pounced on a grubber kick to level the scoring before, Brad Keighran nailed his conversion from close range.

The Bulldogs then enjoyed the brunt of the penalty count through the middle of the half and pounced when Manly’s defence fell asleep.  Tom Trbojevic did very well to prevent an almost certain try the tackle before but a sneaky grubber kick caught Manly off guard and the Bulldogs man was in to score. 

On the back foot and going nowhere, Manly received a lucky break with a penalty and they made it count.  Darcy Cox barged over from close range bringing the game back within four-points, however Hugh Pratt was unable to convert and it remained 8-12 Bulldogs.

Star fullback, Tom Trbojevic made his first real impact play, Manly then held their composure and Trbojevic was on hand to set up Pratt, who was then able to slot his first kick of the night.

That remained the last piece of action of the first half and it ended 14-12 to the Sea Eagles.

The second half begun brilliantly for the Sea Eagles and it was, Trbojevic at the centre of attention.  Getting over the advantage line, Trbojevic was then able to offload to his winger Lukas Price to take Manly’s lead out to 8 points.

The next 10 minutes saw the Bulldogs dominate possession-forcing Manly to stay strong, however the Canterbury side finally got themselves over the line with, Marcelo Montoya scoring in the corner.

Manly were then quick to respond and restored their lead when a short side raid got Lukas Price over the line and Hugh Pratt’s wide conversion was inch perfect. 

The maroon and white then looked to make it extra difficult for the Bulldogs putting over an easy two points from a penalty. 

Manly then closed the game out when Hugh Pratt went over for his second try.   

The game ended 34-16 in favour of the Sea Eagle who continue their undefeated start to the 2015 season.

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