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No way through...the Sea Eagles defence was as strong as their attack

A dominant performance saw the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles record a crushing 46-4 win over St George Dragons to open their Lisa Fiaola Cup season.

The Dragons went into their home game at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on the back of a 36-0 round one loss to Penrith last week while Manly had the bye.

The Sea Eagles ran in nine tries with half-back Kelsey Berryman converting five goals in windy conditions in a fine display under new Coach Daniel Markham.

The Sea Eagles got off to a dream start in the U17s match after getting the ball back from the kick-off, resulting in hooker Olivia Saley crossing over next to the posts. Half-back Kelsey Berryman converted for a 6-0 lead after two minutes.

Lock Hollie Bent hit a hole four minutes later to make it 12-0 lead before Saley grabbed her second try off a spilt grubber kick for an 18-0 lead to Manly after 11 minutes.

Some nice backline movement saw Manly centre Ava Vaefaga dive over in the corner for a 22-0 lead after 21 minutes.

A similar smart play by the Sea Eagles saw five-eighth Ember Joseph go over for a commanding 26-0 lead at half-time. 

Manly went to a 30-0 lead six minutes after the break when second-rower Georgie Lawton scored out. Berryman converted for a 32-0 lead.

A lovely short ball by Berryman then sent full-back and captain Leisl Hopoate over in the corner for a 36-0 lead with 15 minutes remaining.

The Dragons got their first try of the competition when centre Carolina Cook dived over in the right corner four minutes later for a 36-4 scoreline.

Another quality short ball from Berryman saw Manly prop Sonaiva Kini-Samuelu dive over. Berryman converted for a 42-4 lead with six minutes remaining.

Some more quick hands to the left saw Manly winger Alannah Sliman dive over in the corner for the 46-4 victory with two minutes remaining.

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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