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The famous 40-0 premiership victory

It's the highest rugby league Grand Final margin in Australian sporting history that has stood for the past 14 years.

And it proudly belongs to the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.

Today - October 5 - marks 14 years to the day since the Sea Eagles crushed the Melbourne Storm 40-0 at ANZ Stadium in front of a crowd of 80,388.

Under Coach Des Hasler and the captaincy of Matt Orford, the Sea Eagles ran in an incredible eight tries to create history.

The 40-0 scoreline is now a badge of honour for Sea Eagles supporters.

It was Manly's seventh premiership title following success in 1973, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1987, and 1996. Another premiership title was to come in 2011.

Full Match Replay: Sea Eagles v Storm - Grand Final, 2008

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Manly Sea Eagles

1 Brett Stewart, 2 Michael Robertson, 3 Steven Bell, 4 Steve Matai, 5 David Williams, 6 Jamie Lyon, 7 Matt Orford (c), 8 Brent Kite, 9 Matt Ballin, 10 Josh Perry, 11 Anthony Watmough, 12 Glen Hall, 13 Glenn Stewart; interchange 14 Heath L'Estrange, 15 Mark Bryant, 16 Jason King, 17 Steve Menzies. Coach: Des Hasler.

Melbourne Storm

1 Billy Slater, 2 Steve Turner, 3 Matt Geyer, 4 Israel Folau, 5 Anthony Quinn, 6 Greg Inglis, 7 Cooper Cronk (c), 8 Jeff Lima, 9 Russ Aitken, 10 Brett White, 11 Michael Crocker, 12 Jeremy Smith, 13 Dallas Johnson; interchange: 14 Scott Anderson, 15 Adam Blair, 16 Sika Manu, 17 Antonio Kaufusi. Coach: Craig Bellamy.

Match Details

Sea Eagles 40 (Robertson 3, Ballin, Williams, Kite, Menzies, Bell tries; Matai 2, Lyon 2 goals) d Storm 0. Referee Tony Archer, ANZ Stadium, October 5, 2008. Clive Churchill Medal: Brent Kite.

2008 Manly season summary

Coach: Des Hasler

Captain: Matt Orford

Biggest home crowd: 17,942 vs Wests Tigers, Rd 5

Average home crowd: 13,593

Top pointscorer: Matt Orford (133)

Top tryscorer: David Williams (11)


Acknowledgement of Country

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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