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Sea Eagles: On This Day - April 5

Take a look back at some of these fine Manly Warringah wins 'On This Day', April 5, in our history.

Rd 1, 1958

Full-back Ron Willey had a day to remember in the 21-15 win over St George Dragons at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The Saturday match of the day attracted more than 22,000 fans at the SCG where Willey scored a try and kicked six goals for 15 points.

A prolific point-scorer, Willey captained Manly in various matches from 1957-60. He played in the losing 1957 and 1959 grand finals, and was captain-coach in 1962.

Rd 3, 1959

Willey was at it again for the Sea Eagles in their 29-18 win over Eastern Suburbs Roosters at the Sydney Sports Ground.

The exciting full-back scored a try and kicked seven goals for a personal tally of 17 points.

It was Manly’s third straight win under Coach Ken Arthurson.

Willey joined the Sea Eagles in 1956 after playing for the Canterbury-Bankstown Berries from 1949-53.

Willey went on to score 958 points from 124 games for Manly from 1956 to 62 and was the club’s leading points scorer until Graham Eadie passed his record.

Upon retiring, Willey went on to coach Manly to their 1972 and 1973 first grade premiership titles.

Rd 2, 1981

The Sea Eagles left Leichhardt Oval with the two competition points following a tough 19-12 victory over the Balmain Tigers.

Winger Chris Montgomery crossed for a double for Manly with full-back Graham Eadie kicking three goals.

Montgomery made his first grade debut for the Sea Eagles in 1977 and had three different stints at the club in between playing for North Sydney and Illawarra.

He played for Manly from 1977-79, 1981, and 1983 for a total of 18 games.

Rd 5, 2013

Winger Jorge Taufua scored two tries in Manly’s 20-6 win over Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in a Friday night match at Stadium Australia in Homebush.

Centre Jamie Lyon scored a try and kicked four from five goals for 12 points.

The Sea Eagles led 18-0 at half-time in what was their fourth win from five games.

Taufua went on to score 20 tries that season in his second year with Manly. The respected winger has now played 151 games for the Sea Eagles.

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