Manly Warringah Sea Eagles recorded a crushing 50-6 victory over the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium tonight in Round 10 of the Telstra Premiership.
The 'Magic Round' match saw the Sea Eagles certainly produce some magic as the Sea Eagles recorded their biggest ever win over the Broncos. Full-back Tom Trbojevic and winger Jason Saab scored two tries each.
It was Manly's fifth win in their past six games.
Coach Des Hasler made one change to his starting side with Sean Keppie coming off the interchange bench to start for Martin Taupau.
In front of a crowd of 41, 367, Brisbane prop Matt Lodge was put on report in the fourth minute for a high shot on Brad Parker before second-rower Jordan Riki was also placed on report for a crusher tackle four minutes later.
The Sea Eagles enjoyed a wealth of possession in the opening 10 minutes and were denied a try in the 12th minute when the video ref ruled centre Brad Parker didn’t get the ball down over the line after some desperate Broncos defence.
The Sea Eagles finally got on the board when winger Jason Saab made a break down the right flank to send full-back Tom Trbojevic over. Winger Reuben Garrick converted for a 6-0 lead after 16 minutes.
Manly then lost five-eighth Kieran Foran with a hand injury before Brisbane forward Tevita Pangai Junior was placed on report for a high shot on Parker in the 22 minute.
The Sea Eagles went to a 12-0 lead in the 25th minute after a beautiful pass from prop Martin Taupau sent young prop Sean Keppie over under the posts for his first NRL try. Garrick converted the try.
Saab crossed for Manly's third try when Daly Cherry-Evans and Tom Trbojevic combined to send him over in the corner. Garrick converted for an 18-0 lead.
Three minutes later, Broncos half-back Tyson Gamble was the third Brisbane player placed on report for a high shot on Parker.
Garrick then stretched the lead to 20-0 in the 35th minute when he landed a penalty goal in front of the posts after Trbojevic was taken out off a crossfield kick by Cherry-Evans.
Brisbane reduced the margin to 20-6 just before half-time after full-back Jamayne Isaako pulled out of a tackle by Parker and Josh Schuster to score. He converted his own try in the 39th minute.
Match Highlights: Sea Eagles v Broncos
Saab extended the Sea Eagles lead when he leapt high to defuse a Cherry-Evans kick to score out wide. Garrick converted for a 26-6 scoreline.
The Broncos then had Gamble and Riki placed on reports for a second time resulting in both players heading to the sin bin for 10 minutes each in the 53rd minute.
The Sea Eagles capitalised on the extra space when lock Jake Trbojevic ran off a pass from his brother Tom to score next to the posts. Garrick converted for a 32-6 lead after 55 minutes.
Three minutes later, a sharp pass from Cherry-Evans saw hooker Lachlan Croker go over next to the posts. Garrick converted for a 38-6 lead.
The Sea Eagles were over again two minutes later when Garrick made a break down the left flank to find Josh Schuster in support to send Tom Trbojevic over for his second try. Garrick converted for a 44-6 lead.
Schuster then got his own try after backed up a break by Cade Cust to score. Garrick converted for a 50-6 lead.
At full-time, Manly captain Daly Cherry-Evans posed with the David Pearce Shield.
Trooper David Pearce was an Australian soldier who was killed while deployed in Afghanistan in 2007.
He was a Manly fan and posted to the Gallipoli Barrack’s in Brisbane at the time of his deployment. Following his passing, these two clubs struck the Shield in his honour to be played for when they meet each season.