A magical left foot field goal in Golden Point secured Manly Warringah Sea Eagles a thrilling 15-14 victory over the Warriors at nib Stadium in Perth today.
In the first match of an exciting three year deal to play a home game in Perth, the Sea Eagles recorded just their second Golden Point victory from seven matches to keep their finals hopes alive.
A crowd of 11, 109 braved very wet conditions to witness a match that will only enhance the love of rugby league in Western Australia.
It was the second time the Sea Eagles had come from behind to beat the Warriors in Perth, the last time being a 24-22 win at Patersons Stadium in 2012.
The win also continued Manly’s domination of the Warriors, winning 11 of the past 12 matches, and 21 of
Past 11 matches since 2009: Manly 10, Warriors 1.
Manly’s golden point record is 6 games, 1 win, 4 losses, 1 draw.
Luke Burgess dropped off the extended bench.
Manly got off to a perfect start with a try in the fourth minute to full-back Tom Trbojevic. Five-eighth Jamie Lyon converted for a 6-0 lead.
Two minutes later, Lyon converted a penalty goal from close to the posts for an 8-0 lead.
The Sea Eagles extended the lead to 12-0 when winger Jorge Taufua finished off a backline play to score in the corner after 14 minutes.
The Warriors dominated possession for the next 10 minutes and were rewarded with a try to Bunty Afoa. Hooker Isaac Luke converted for a 12-6 scoreline after 25 minutes.
Afoa grabbed his second try five minutes later when he hit a gap to plant the ball down. Luke converted for 12-all scoreline after 32 minutes.
Lyon converted a penalty goal in the 39th minute to give Manly a 14-12 lead at half-time.
Luke had the chance to draw the Warriors level but he failed to convert a penalty attempt from close range in the 61st minute.
Parker then put his body on the line in a great tackle on opposite winger Manu Vatuvei from scoring in the 71st minute.
Luke made no mistake the second time around
The Warriors went for a field goal in the fourth minute but Shaun Johnson's attempt was charged down incredibly by Jake Trbojevic.
The Sea Eagles amazingly secured the win with a Daly Cherry-Evans field goal which sealed the points. Manly come away from nib Stadium in Perth with a 15-14 point win.