Sea Eagles lose to Roosters in Jersey Flegg

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles suffered a 16-0 loss to the Sydney Roosters at Lottoland today in round 15 of the Jersey Flegg competition.

The Sea Eagles went into the game in 13th place and chasing a third straight win under new Coach Shane Sultana against the fifth placed Roosters.

The Roosters opened the scoring in the 12th minute when full-back McKenzie Baker split the defence out wide off an inside pass for a 4-0 lead.  Half-back Zane Harris failed to convert the try.

The Sea Eagles were left a man short when Jack Birt was sent to the sin bin with 11 minutes remaining for ill-discipline after Manly missed two chances of scoring earlier. The score remained 4-0 at half-time.

Manly were starved of possession in the opening 10 minutes of the second half with their defence holding firm against the Roosters who spent plenty of time inside the Sea Eagles half.

After bombing a try with 18 minutes to go, the Roosters were then left a man short three minutes later after losing a forward to the sin bin.

The pressure was taken off the Roosters when a grubber kick by full-back Keegan Turner on the third tackle went dead two minutes later.

The Roosters made the Sea Eagles pay when centre Ethan O'Neill crossed in the corner with 11 minutes remaining for an 8-0 lead. Harris converted for a 10-0 lead with nine minutes remaining.

A minute later, the Roosters stretched their lead to 14-0 when winger Tyrell Neiufi stepped past a few defenders to score in the corner. Harris failed to convert the try from the sideline.

Harris converted a penalty goal from in front with two minutes remaining for a 16-0 lead.

Roosters lock Elih Jackson then dropped the ball over the liner under the posts in the final minute.