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Competition - NRL. Round - Round 7. Teams - Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles v Melbourne Strom. Date - 15th of April 2017. Venue - Lottoland

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles suffered a 30-26 loss to Melbourne Storm at Lottoland today in round seven of the Telstra Premiership.

In front of a crowd of 10,144, an incredible nine tries were scored in the first half. The match marked the 100th NRL game for Manly five-eighth Blake Green, ironically against his club from last season. 

The Storm opened the scoring in the second minute when winger Suliasi Vunivalu dived over in the right corner for a 4-0 lead.

The Sea Eagles had a major injury scare minutes later when half-back Daly Cherry-Evans held his left shoulder but the captain played on for the rest of the game.

The visitors went to an 8-0 lead when centre Young Tonumaipea crashed over from five metres out. Cameron Smith converted the try from the sideline for a 10-0 lead after 10 minutes.

Vunivalu got his second try when he outleapt opposite winger Jorge Taufua for a 14-0 lead after 16 minutes.

Three minutes later, the Storm were in again when a break down the right flank saw winger Josh Addo-Carr score for an 18-0 lead.

The Sea Eagles got on the board when second-rower Frank Winterstein charged through full-back Billy Slater to score from five metres out. Dylan Walker converted to leave the Sea Eagles trailing 18-6 after 23 minutes.

Taufua reduced the margin when he got low to plant the ball down in the left corner. Walker converted for an 18-12 scoreline.

A fine ball by Slater saw second-rower Felise Kaufusi cross for a try. Smith converted for a 24-12 lead after 34 minutes.

The Sea Eagles then paid the price when Walker kicked the ball dead from the re-start. From the next set of six, Kaufusi dived over for his second try. Smith converted for a 30-12 lead.

The Storm looked set to take that score into half-but but that was until centre Brian Kelly slammed the ball down after the siren for a 30-16 scoreline at the break.

Second Half

The Sea Eagles got back to 30-20 when vice-captain and lock Jake Trbojevic scored in the 51st minute.

Manly then had a try disallowed two minutes later after the bunker ruled Kelly had lost the ball in-goal in trying to score in a tackle made by Slater.

A crossfield kick by Cherry-Evans saw winger Akuila Uate defuse the kick to pop a pass for prop Brenton Lawrence to score. Walker converted the try to leave the Sea Eagles trailing 30-26 after 67 minutes.

The loss leaves Manly with three wins from seven matches with the four losses being at Lottoland.

Round 8

Canberra v Manly, GIO Stadium, 6pm Friday, April 21.


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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