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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