Manly Warringah Sea Eagles made it back-to-back wins for the first time this season in the NSWRL Jersey Flegg Cup on Saturday.
The Sea Eagles ran in three tries to two to beat South Sydney Rabbitohs 20-12 in the round eight match at Ironmark High Performance Centre at Redfern.
Both sides were locked at 6-all at half-time before the Sea Eagles pulled away to record their third win of the season in a scrappy game.
The Sea Eagles opened the scoring in the eighth minute after a towering kick by half-back Jamie Humphreys saw the ball spilt by winger Tyrone Munro and into the arms of second-rower Iverson Mapu-Satiu who raced away to score. Humphreys converted for a 6-0 lead.
A one handed offload in traffic saw Souths forward Trent Griffiths power his way over the line in the 25th minute to level the scores at 6-all.
Manly regained the lead nine minutes after half-time after capitalising on a knock-on from Souths full-back Chaise Spyroulias after a clearing kick by half-back Jamie Humphreys.
From a scrum win, the ball shifted right through four sets of hands for winger Sunia Siasau to dive over in the right corner for a 10-6 lead.
Five minutes later, the Sea Eagles were in again after hooker Gordon Chan Kum Tong darted over from dummy half on the back of a quick play the ball from Humphreys who almost beat three defenders to score himself. Humphreys converted for a 16-6 lead after 51 minutes.
Three minutes later, Humphreys converted a penalty goal for an 18-6 lead before Souths replied with a converted try to Tyrone Munro for a 20-12 scoreline after 65 minutes.
The Sea Eagles continued to work hard in defence in the final minutes to secure victory.
Manly have shown in the past few weeks what this talented team is capable of under Coach Adam McEwen. The return of key playmakers in full-back Kaeo Weekes, half-back Jamie Humphreys, and hooker Gordon Chan Kum Tong has certainly added plenty of impact to the team.
The Sea Eagles will be looking to make it three straight wins when they tackle the Wests Tigers at 4 Pines Park on Saturday, May 7, at 11am, in the first match of sa triple header.
Sea Eagles 20 (Iverson Mapu-Satiu, Sunia Siasau, Gordon Chan Kum Tong tries; Jamie Humphreys 4 goals) d Rabbitohs 12 (Trent Griffiths, Tyrone Munro tries; Romano Cook 2 goals).
Manly team: 21 Kaeo Weekes, 2 Sunia Siasau, 3 Jason Smyth, 4 Fletcher Myers 5 Ashton Kolinisau, 6 Flynn Angles-Corke, 7 Jamie Humphreys, 8 Viliami Fifita, 9 Gordon Chan Kum Tong, 10 James Uesele, 11 Iverson Mapu-Satiu, 12 Siua Fotu, 13 Zac Fulton; interchange 1 Luke Tucker, 14 Oliver Clements, 16 Sosaia Moala, 17 Feao Tongia; reserve 19 Seturi Iakopo