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Competition - NRL
Round - Round 11
Teams – Sharks v Sea Eagles
Date – 21st of May 2016
Venue – Sharks Park, Cronulla
Photographer – Mark Nolan
Description –

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles suffered a 20-12 loss to Cronulla Sutherland Sharks in round 11 of the Telstra Premiership tonight.

The Sea Eagles were boosted by the return of full-back Brett Stewart but lost centre Steve Matai (neck). Tom Trbojevic moved from full-back to centre.

The Sharks opened the scoring at Southern Cross Group Stadium in the ninth minute when winger Sosaia Feki finished off a backline play to score in the left corner. Five-eighth James Maloney converted from the sideline for a 6-0 lead after 10 minutes.

A penalty goal to Maloney saw the Sharks lead 8-0 before they stretched their lead to 12-0 when the ball was spread right through several hands for winger Valentine Holmes to score in the right corner in the 30th minute.

The Sea Eagles opened their account a minute before half-time when a good short ball by second-rower Lewis Brown put centre Tom Trbojevic over for a try.  Captain Jamie Lyon failed to convert for a 12-4 scoreline at half-time.

Second Half

Manly started the second half off on the right foot when a grubber kick by Daly Cherry-Evans saw lock Jamie Buhrer score a try in his return to the NRL from a broken thumb. Lyon failed to convert the try to leave the Sea Eales trailing 12-8 after 47 minutes.

A great cut out pass by Stewart saw winger Brayden Wiliame dive over in the left corner to tie it up at 12-all after 54 minutes. Lyon failed to convert the try.

Maloney put the Sharks back in front at 14-12 through a penalty goal in the 66th minute.

The Sharks extended their lead to 18-12 when Barba sliced through a gap to score in the 72nd minute. Maloney converted for a 20-12 lead.

Cronulla’s win was their first against Manly since 2012 and saw them collect the Steve Rogers Memorial Trophy.

The loss leaves Manly on eight points heading into the bye next weekend.



Acknowledgement of Country

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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