Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Coach Des Hasler has praised captain Daly Cherry-Evans on a superb game following the 44-24 win over the Wests Tigers at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
After being rested from last Friday's win over the Dragons due to playing in Queensland's Origin win two days earlier, Cherry-Evans wasted little time in again showing why he is one of the NRL's best playmakers.
Cherry-Evans scored two tries, ran 184 metres, put on two try assists, and made eight tackle breaks.
"I thought Cherry was outstanding tonight," Hasler said.
"It was a great captain's knock.
"He was really involved, he got us going and (Morgan) Harper outside him scored a hat-trick and Tommy (Trbojevic) was always dangerous, certainly put us in good field position."
Trailing 12-10 midway through the first half, Manly put the foot down to pile on 22 unanswered points to set up their 11th win of the season.
"We were probably a little bit down, a bit poor defensively, but they're areas we can identify and readily fix and when in possession we were a bit clunky with errors but they're certainly things that are fixable," Hasler added.
"It wasn't our best performance but if you can win ugly, it's okay."
Hasler was also very happy for centre Morgan Harper who recorded his first career hat-trick.
"He is having an outstanding year. Three tries is something to be very proud of,'' Hasler added.