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Harold Matthews: Manly beat Bulldogs 26-12

By Andrew Cupido.

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles recorded a 26-12 victory over the Canterbury Bulldogs in a fiery Harold Matthews Cup match at Belmore Sports Ground today.

Two unanswered tries helped the Sea Eagles take an 8-6 lead at the break, before fighting back in the second half with three consecutive tries to claim victory.

Five-eighth Kaeo Weekes put in a strong showing with a classy four-pointer, while dynamic fullback Toluau Koula was dominant at the back with two tries of his own.

Manly broke the dead lock after a hard-fought opening stanza with Koula streaking 40 metres down the left-hand touchline to score the maiden try of the afternoon.

It wasn’t long before Koula grabbed his second, scoring in the opposing corner to take an 8-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Manly were resilient with their goal-line defence after holding out an array of attacking raids from the Bulldogs, however, their efforts were short-lived after Compton Fuatimau was on the end of a towering cross-field bomb to hit back with a try of their own.

Khaled Rajab converted from in-front to set an 8-6 scoreline with just two minutes remaining in the first-half.

A costly error followed by a penalty off the ensuing set gifted the Eagles an easy two-points to take a 10-6 lead at halftime.

The Bulldogs stole the lead after hooker Danny Ghantous snuck his way over from dummy-half shortly after the break.

Trailing 12-10, the Eagles snatched the lead back when Weekes sliced through the defence before evading the full-back with sheer pace to score their third try.

 Half-back Teddy Wilson nailed the sideline conversion to take a 16-12 lead with  15 minutes remaining .

Both sides were guilty of poor handling errors as full-time drew near, before the Eagles sealed the victory with Uluaki Tuipulotu brushing off defenders on his way to the try line.

Further ill-discipline crept in as both teams had players sin-binned for foul play, but Manly were still able to take advantage as Tuipulotu barged his way over just moments later to round-off a comfortable 26-12 victory.



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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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