Manly Warringah Sea Eagles were as hot as the temperature at Lottoland today in downing Parramatta Eels 54-0 in round two of the Telstra Premiership.
In a dominant performance, the Sea Eagles ran riot in the first half to lead 30-0 in a performance that saw them leave the field at half-time to a standing ovation from a crowd of 10,502.
It was also Manly’s first win over Parramatta since 2014 and the club's biggest ever win over their fierce rivals.
Manly opened the scoring in the fourth minute when half-back and captain Daly Cherry-Evans got on the outside of lock Nathan Brown to score next to the posts. Cherry-Evans converted his own try for a 6-0 lead.
Hooker Api Koroisau then dived over from dummy half to score near the posts. Cherry-Evans converted for a 12-0 lead after nine minutes.
A superb pass from five-eighth Lachlan Croker put prop Addin Fonua-Blake into a hole to score out wide. Cherry-Evans converted for an 18-0 lead after 15 minutes.
Cherry-Evans then gave a short pass from dummy half for second-rower Curtis Sironen to score. The half-back converted the try for a 24-0 lead after 30 minutes.
Sea Eagles five-eighth Lachlan Croker then scored his first try in the maroon and white when he crossed next to the posts after a great offload by lock Jake Trbojevic. Cherry-Evans converted for a 30-0 lead after 37 minutes. The score stayed that way to half-time.
A great offload by prop Lloyd Perrett in a three man tackle saw Jake Trbojevic score next to the posts. Cherry-Evans converted for a 36-0 lead.
A nice grubber kick from dummy half from Jackson Hastings saw Curtis Sironen get his second try. Cherry-Evans converted for a 42-0 lead after 58 minutes.
Perrett was then rewarded for his fine work when he crossed for a try. Cherry-Evans converted for a 48-0 lead after 63 minutes.
Cherry-Evans then brought the team’s half century up when he elected to take a penalty goal in the 69th minute to make it 50-0.
Winger Jorge Taufua then crossed for the final try in the corner. Cherry-Evans missed his first kick of the day for the 54-0 scoreline.
Cherry-Evans kicked nine goals from 10 attempts.