Sea Eagles move into top eight

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles have moved into the top eight of the NSW Cup ladder with two rounds remaining before the finals.

The Sea Eagles overcame a 12-4 half-time deficit to beat Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 26-12 at Brookvale Oval this afternoon in round 23.

The vital win sees the Sea Eagles move to eighth place on 24 points after results also went in their favour.

Before today’s match, the Sea Eagles sat in ninth place one win behind Illawarra Cutters who lost 24-20 to Mounties.  The Cutters are now in ninth place on 22 points.

Newtown and Wests Tigers also lost today to remain on 21 points.

Sea Eagles Coach Luke Williamson was very proud of his men.

“There is plenty of fight in these players. We played the last 30 minutes with no replacements due to injury,’’ Williamson said.

“It was a great win. Our fourth in a row. We like to thank the Sea Eagles fans who came to ‘Fortress Brookie’ and really helped lift us to victory in the second half.

“We hope to see plenty of Sea Eagles fans at Brookie again next Saturday.”

The Sea Eagles play Wentworthville (12th) and Newcastle (6th) at Brookvale Oval over the next two consecutive Saturdays, giving the side a huge home ground advantage.

Illawarra face a tough run home against Bulldogs (5th) and Penrith (third).

Manly 24 (D Williams, J Littlejohn, M Rudolph, U Baker tries; D Kelly 5 goals) d Bulldogs 12 (

J McInally 2, T Phillips tries).

Sea Eagles run home

Rd 24: v Wentworthville (12th), Brookvale Oval, Saturday, August 22, 3pm

Rd 25: v Newcastle (6th), Brookvale Oval, Saturday, August 29, 3pm