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Sea Eagles crush Rabbitohs in Flegg win

A strong and controlled first half by the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles laid the platform for a convincing 34-6 victory over South Sydney today in round 16 of the Jersey Flegg Cup.

In a match played in light rain at times, the Sea Eagles scored three first half tries to take a 12 point lead into the break before going on with the job well for Coach Scott Kenna in the team's best win of the season.

It was a clinical performance by the Sea Eagles who had five players missing after being promoted to the NSW Cup team due to a heavy injury toll for the NRL side, resulting in Benjamin Keene-O'Keefe, Campbell Munn, Taulauniuotagaloa Mariota, and Jett Jackson coming up from the Manly Leagues Sydney Shield team.

Keene-O'Keefe, Munn and Jett Jackson played SG Ball Cup for Manly earlier this season.

The Sea Eagles opened the scoring through a try to centre Alton Naiyep next to the posts for a 6-0 lead after 12 minutes.

Burly forward Mariota was rewarded for some strong runs when he carried several defenders over the line to score next to the posts for a 12-0 lead after 23 minutes.

Jubilation...Taulauniuotagaloa Mariota celebrates his try against the Rabbitohs
Jubilation...Taulauniuotagaloa Mariota celebrates his try against the Rabbitohs ©Jason Dan (Manly Media)

Two minutes later, second rower Jett Jackson crashed over near the posts off a lovely short ball to give the Sea Eagles an 18-0 lead. All three first half tries were converted by full-back Kallum Weatherall-Stacey.

A lack of urgency from the Sea Eagles from a fifth tackle grubber kick saw Souths captain Louis Grossemy cross one minute from half-time for an 18-6 scoreline at the break.

The Sea Eagles started the second half strongly when winger Una Uasi leapt high to take a crossfield kick to score out wide for a 22-6 lead after minutes.

Manly then went back-to-back in quick succession when lock and captain Nicholas Lenaz dived over next to the posts for a 28-6 lead after 43 minutes.

Full-back Kallum Weatherall-Stacey had a fine day with the boot
Full-back Kallum Weatherall-Stacey had a fine day with the boot ©Jason Dan (Manly Media)

Sea Eagles prop Jesse Jackson used sheer strength in a three man tackle to get the ball down on the line from a short pass from dummy half for a 34-6 lead with nine minutes remaining.

The win moves the Sea Eagles to 20 points and into fourth position subject to results.

Manly now play the bottom placed Kaviti Silktails at 4 Pines Park on Saturday, June 29, at 11am in round 17.

Manly 34 (Alton Naiyep, Taulauniuotagaloa Mariota, Jett Jackson, Una Uasi, Nicholas Lenaz, Jesse Jackson tries; Kallum Weatherall-Stacey 5 goals) d South Sydney 6 (Louis Grossemy try, Emmanuel Di Bartolo goal).

Sea Eagles team

20 Kallum Weatherall-Stacey, 2 Nepote Taufa, 1 Benji Keene-O’Keefe, 4 Alton Naiyep, 5 Una Uasi, 6 Dylan Christensen, 7 Travis May, 8 Carsen Patu, 9 Daniel O’Donnell, 10 Jesse Jackson, 17 Ryan James, 21 Jett Jackson, 14 Nicholas Lenaz (c); interchange 3 Antonio Taufa, 13 Campbell Munn, 15 Taulauniuotagaloa Mariota,16 Simione Laiafi; reserve 18 Cruz Smith

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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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