Round 4 Match 6 Results: New Zealand Warriors 6 v Manly Sea Ealges 14

The Sea Eagles scored their second win this season on Sunday afternoon when they defeated the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium in New Zealand.

Manly’s win wasn’t quite as impressive as their smashing of Newcastle from Round 3, but they still got the job done.

New Zealand were weaker without Manu Vatuvei and Simon Mannerring, which gave Manly the advantage they needed to beat the Warriors at home.

It was a hard-hitting and low scoring match, with winger Michael Robertson scoring the first try of the game for Manly nearly 20 minutes into the game. Lyon missed the kick but did kick a penalty in the 36th minute so the Sea Eagles went into the break leading the Warriors six to nil.

Back from the break New Zealand were first to score with Jerome Ropati crossing the line just five minutes in. James Maloney converted tying the game six all.

Manly were awarded another penalty in the 59th minute and Lyon’s kick swung the score back in their favour 8 – 6.

No tries were scored for the next 20 minutes until Steve Matai leaped on a grubber kick to score Manly’s second try in the 66th minute. This time Lyon converted the kick extending their lead 14 – 6.

Matai’s try was a controversial one, awarded by video referee Phil Cooley despite no angle clearly showing whether or not Matai got downward pressure on the ball.

But the benefit of the doubt call was just what Manly needed to clinch victory as no more points were awarded to either team in the last 13 minutes.