In this week’s Against The Odds series, we reflect on one of the great comeback victories over the Melbourne Storm in Melbourne.
The two clubs will again clash this Thursday night in another enthralling contest at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
Round 8, 2015
It was the night the great 'Wolfman' howled loudly across the shadows of AAMI Park in Melbourne.
The always entertaining David Williams crossed for the match winning try against the Melbourne Storm as Manly ended a five game losing streak.
The Sea Eagles faced a tough battle in wet and slippery conditions on ANZAC day but the Manly side showed tremendous fighting spirit for a 12-10 win.
Tries to winger Marika Koroibete and Cooper Cronk saw the Storm take a 10-2 lead into half-time. Manly centre Steve Matai was placed on report for a high shot on Will Chambers in the first half.
A downpour of rain early in the second half saw both sides continue to slug it out in the heavy conditions before Tom Symonds crossed over after some great passing by Daly Cherry-Evans. Winger David Williams converted to leave the Sea Eagles trailing 10-8.
The visitors hit the lead with less than eight minutes to go when Williams just squeezed over the try line from out wide after brilliant passing from Cherry-Evans.
Manly then showed a huge amount of steel and courage to seal out the game with Cherry-Evans named man of the match.
Sea Eagles 12 (Tom Symonds, David Williams tries, Williams 2/3 goals) d Storm 10 (Cooper Cronk, Marika Koroibete, Cameron Smith goal), AAMI Park. Half-time: Storm 10-2, Referees: Matt Cecchin, Henry Perenara, April 25, 2015.
21 Brett Stewart (captain), 18 Jorge Taufua, 1 Peta Hiku, 4 Steve Matai, 5 David Williams, 6 Kieran Foran, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans, 8 Jake Trbojevic, 9 Matt Ballin, 15 Luke Burgess, 11 Jamie Buhrer, 12 Justin Horo, 13 Tom Symonds; bench: 10 Willie Mason, 16 Dunamis Lui, 17 Ligi Sao, 20 Jayden Hodges. Coach: Geoff Toovey.
1 Cameron Munster, 2 Mahe Fonua, 3 Will Chambers, 4 Kurt Mann, 5 Marika Koroibete, 6 Blake Green, 7 Cooper Cronk, 8 Jesse Bromwich, 9 Cameron Smith (captain), 10 Jordan McLean, 11 Kevin Proctor, 12 Tohu Harris, 13 Dale Finucane, bench: 14 Ryan Hinchcliffe, 15 Tim Glasby, 17 Felise Kaufusi, 22 Nelson Asofa-Solomona. Coach: Craig Bellamy.