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On The Record: Sea Eagles v Knights

We take a look back at 10 great home wins by the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles over the Newcastle Knights.

The two teams were due to meet tonight at Lottoland but with the NRL Telstra Premiership suspended due to COVID-19, let's re-live some fine Manly moments at our spiritual home.

The Sea Eagles have won 17 of the 20 matches played at home against the Knights. 

Rd 4, 1988

Manly prop Ian Gately scored two tries in the first premiership match against the Knights.

The Sea Eagles gave the home crowd of 10,031 plenty to cheer about in the 44-12 win on a Sunday afternoon with Matt Burke, Stuart Davis, Charlie Haggett, Des Hasler and Paul Shaw also scoring tries.

It was also a good day for Manly’s three goal-kickers. Greg Gibson kicked four from four, Michael O’Connor two from three, and Paul Vautin two from two.

Rd 4, 1993

Exciting young winger Jack Elsegood registered his first double of his career in the 22-4 win.

Elsegood was Manly’s top tryscorer in his debut season with 12 tries. His efforts saw him named the inaugural Norwich ‘Rising Star’ winner and ‘Dally M’ Rookie of the Year.

Rd 23, 2004

The Sea Eagles recorded their biggest win over the Knights with a 48-10 thumping on a Sunday afternoon at the ‘Fortress’.

Full-back Brett Stewart and winger Scott Donald (below) led the way with two tries each in a game that saw Manly lead 18-4 at half-time.

Nick Bradley-Qalilawa, Jason King, Kylie Leuluai, and Michael Monaghan scored tries. Five-eighth Andrew Walker had a golden day with the boot, kicking eight from eight much to the delight of the 10,000 crowd.

Rd 15, 2005

For the second straight year, the Sea Eagles put on 48 points against the Knights at home.

It was déjà vu for winger Scott Donald who again crossed for two tries. This time, he was joined in the tryscoring double feats by centre Terry Hill and half-back and captain Michael Monaghan.

Chris Hicks, Ben Kennedy and Brett Stewart grabbed a try each in the 48-26 win,

Rd 24, 2012

The ‘Fortess’ was rocking after the Sea Eagles ran in eight tries on a perfect Sunday afternoon in August, winning 42-20.

The match was all but over at half-time with Manly leaving the field to an almighty cheer with a 38-4 lead.

Full-back Brett Stewart and second-rower Tony Williams celebrated with two tries each. Kieran Foran, Jamie Lyon, Glenn Stewart, and Jorge Taufua also crossed for four pointers. Lyon kicked five from eight goals.

Rd 2, 2013

The Knights didn’t fare much better come March the following year, with the Sea Eagles putting on another tryscoring clinic.

Winger Jorge Taufua crossed for a hat-trick in the 32-0 win. Brett Stewart, Anthony Watmough and Jamie Lyon also crossed.

Lyon kicked four goals from six for 12 points for the match.

Rd 10, 2014

A Daly Cherry-Evans field goal proved the difference in the 15-14 win in a Monday night thriller.

Winger Jorge Taufua followed up his previous year’s effort against the Knights with another two tries while lock Jamie Buhrer also scored.

Rd 21, 2016

Centre Brayden Wiliame recorded his first tryscoring double in his career in Manly’s 36-16 win.

Wiliame scored six tries that season for Manly and also scored against the Knights in the ANZAC Day win at Newcastle.

Apart from Wiliame’s double, Jamie Buhrer, Josh Starling, Jorge Taufua, Dylan Walker and Matthew Wright also scored for Manly. Walker kicked four from five goals.

Rd 14, 2017

Former Newcastle winger Akuila Uate scored two tries at Lottoland in the 18-14 win in a dour match played in torrential rain.

Following a first half try, Uate grabbed his second from a scrum win midway through the second half. Replays later showed he lost the ball in trying to score but the referee awarded the try without referring it to the bunker.

Rd 20, 2019

Winger Reuben Garrick continued his superb form in his NRL debut season with a fine game in the 30-6 win at Lottoland.

Garrick crossed for two tries and kicked three goals in a match that saw the Sea Eagles put the foot down in the second half after leading 8-6 at half-time.

Further tries to Curtis Sironen, Jorge Taufua, Martin Taupau, and Joel Thompson made it a delightful Saturday afternoon for the Sea Eagles.