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Manly Warringah Sea Eagles suffered a disappointing 36-14 loss to Canberra Raiders tonight at GIO Stadium in round eight of the Holden Cup.

It was certainly a game of two different halves after Manly dominated the first half through some strong defence and spirit to lead 8-6 at half-time.

The Sea Eagles opened the scoring in the third minute when winger Alfred Smalley dived over in the right corner for a 4-0 lead after the ball was spread right through the backline from a scrum win after Canberra knocked the ball on from a clearing kick on the last tackle.

Five-eighth Tom Wright extended the lead to 8-0 in the 16th minute before the Raiders scored through a grubber kick 20 minutes later to trail 8-6 at the break.

Unfortunately for the Sea Eagles, the second half started terribly with the Raiders scoring three tries in 12 minutes and from there, were never headed in a poor second half from Manly.

Cade Cust managed to score for the Sea Eagles in the 73rd minute with the try converted by winger Bilal Marrbani for a 30-14 scoreline.

The Raiders then crossed again through their captain three minutes from full-time for a 36-14 lead.

Manly Holden Cup team

1 Luke Polselli

2 Bilal Maarbani

3 Brad Parker

17 Blake Andrews

5 Alfred Smalley

6 Tom Wright

7 Kurtis Preece

8 Jaiden Tarrant

9 Manase Fainu

16 John Tuivati

11 Haumole Olakau’atu

12 Josh Martin

13 Jesse Martin (C)


15 Elia Faatui

21 Cade Cust

22 Kane McQuiggin

23 Amoni Tufui

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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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