NRL Round 8 – Match 8 Results: South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 v Manly Sea Eagles 30

In the final game of Round 8 the Sea Eagles returned to winning form securing a tidy win ahead of the Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

Manly are now number three on the NRL ladder with five wins and 10 competition points, while the Rabbitohs have sunk to number six.

The Sea Eagles dominated early on in their five-to-four-tries win, with Michael Robertson opening their account just five minutes in with his seventh try in 2010.

Skipper Jamie Lyon, who has been named to play in the ANZAC test this Friday for Australia, missed the kick so they sat at four points, but more than made up for it over the next 75 minutes as he singlehandedly scored 14 of the Sea Eagle’s eventual 30 points.

Fifteen minutes later Ben Farrar scored their second try after chasing his own grubber kick and this time Lyon converted so the visitors held a 10 point lead after the first quarter.

South Sydney scored their first try in the 28th minute when powerhouse forward Dave Taylor got over and hooker Issac Luke’s kick saw them come within four points of their rivals.

But before Rabbitohs fans could get back much confidence before the break, Matthew Cross scored again for the Sea Eagles with a 33rd minute converted try and then in the final minute of the first half Lyon kicked a penalty and Manly went into half-time leading 18 – 6.

Early in the second-half Lyon paved the way for another top-class 40 minutes from Manly, scoring and converting his own try just two minutes back from the break after being given the benefit of the doubt by the video referee.

This was backed up 10 minutes later by Anthony Watmough’s 52nd minute four-pointer, again kicked by Lyon, so they reached their final score of 30 points.

So with just under 30 minutes to go the hosts were trailing 30 – 6 and looked set for an absolute thrashing.

But soon after their fifth try Manly began to fade and the Rabbitohs fought back hard showing real spirit to narrow their deficit to eight points at half-time by scoring three second half tries.

First Issac Luke scored and kicked his own try in the 58th minute and then centre Beau Champion pulled out a thrilling double in the 67th and 71st minute to add some decency to their score.

Luke kicked one of Champions two great tries and they finished up with 22 points, a loss but still a good effort in the closing stages.

Following the win Manly must quickly regather as they have a short turn around and are set to face the Dragons on Friday night in their toughest test to date this season, which will show just how big a contender for the premiership the Sea Eagles are.