Manly Warringah Sea Eagles suffered 38-32 loss to the Sydney Roosters at Lottoland today in round 22 of the Holden Cup competition.
In a match of two halves, the Sea Eagles almost pulled off a stunning second half comeback before falling late in the match.
Some poor defence by the Sea Eagles saw the Roosters run in five tries to take a 28-0 lead at half-time.
The Roosters ran in tries in the 5th, 13th, 18th, 30th,and 32nd minutes, and kicked four goals to leave the home side stunned at the break.
Whatever Manly Coach Wayne Lambkin said to his players at half-time certainly worked with the Sea Eagles piling on 28 unanswered points to draw level in the 63rd minute.
It all started when second-rower Josh Martin crossed the line in the early minutes of the second half putting the young Sea Eagles on the board.
Soon after it was a try frenzy with winger Jade Anderson and Five-eighth Tom Wright showing some sheer individual brilliance to bag two tries each.
The game was soon locked up 28 - 28 in the 63rd minute after Jade Anderson nailed a tough kick from the sideline.
However, the Roosters pulled away with tries in the 67th and 71st minutes to secure the two competition points.