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Sea Eagles defeat Cowboys in Townsville

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles recorded a 22-20 win over the Nth Qld Cowboys at 1300 Smiles Stadium tonight in round 13 of the Telstra Premiership.

Daly Cherry-Evans and Jake Trbojevic backed up from Wednesday night’s Origin match while the Sea Eagles also welcomed the return of full-back Tom Trbojevic from a hamstring injury in his first match since round four. Kane Elgey and Brendan Elliot dropped out of the team.

In front of a crowd of 13,314, the Sea Eagles were forced to soak up some pressure in the opening minutes but their defence remained firm.

Nth Qld was denied a try in the 12th minute after the video referee ruled second-rower Coen Hess knocked the ball on from a pass by five-eighth John Asiata.

Two minutes later, half-back Jake Clifford converted for a 2-0 lead to the Cowboys after second-rower Curtis Sironen was penalised for a lifting tackle on full-back Michael Morgan.

A grubber kick in-goal saw Cherry-Evans produce the first repeat set in the 21st minute. It led to second-rower Curtis Sironen (pictured) barnstorming his way to score next to the posts off a pass by Tom Trbojevic. Winger Reuben Garrick converted from in front for a 6-2 lead after 23 minutes.

The Sea Eagles took a 12-2 lead when Garrick converted a try to second-rower Joel Thompson from a great pass by five-eighth Cade Cust in the 26th minute.

Nth Qld hit back when winger Kyle Feldt made a spectacular dive to score in the corner in the 34th minute. Clifford converted from the sideline for a 12-8 scoreline.

Two minutes later, Feldt then caught a crossfield kick from Morgan to push the pass back inside to centre Tom Opacic to score for a 12-all scoreline. Clifford converted the try for a 14-12 lead in the 38th minute.

A minute later, Cowboys forward Francis Nola crashed over next to the posts after Tom Trbojevic dropped a bomb inside his quarter for Nth Qld’s third try in six minutes. Clifford converted for 20-12 lead at half-time.

The Sea Eagles were all but over the line when second-rower Jack Gosiewski popped a good low pass only for Cherry-Evans to drop the ball with a tackler on him two minutes after half-time.

Manly hit back in the 45th minute when winger Jorge Taufua latched on to a long cut out pass from Tom Trbojevic to score in the left corner. Garrick failed to convert the try for a 20-16 scoreline.

Gosiewski then left the Sea Eagles short a man when he was sent to the sin-bin in the 51st minute after holding back a Cowboys player in following through a grubber kick.

The Cowboys' Reuben Cotter was denied a try in his NRL debut on an obstruction call in the 55th minute.

The Sea Eagles levelled at 20-all in the 60th minute when five-eighth Cade Cust pounced on a spilt ball by the Cowboys from a Cherry-Evans kick to score under the posts. Garrick converted for a 22-20 lead to Manly after 61 minutes.

With the Cowboys left with 12 men for the final 11 minutes due to injuries, the Sea Eagles were denied a try in the 78th minute to Garrick on a forward pass call.

Manly held off the Cowboys in the final minute to record victory and end a two-game losing streak.

The Sea Eagles now play St George-Illawarra Dragons at Lottoland on Sunday, June 16, at 2pm.




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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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