NRL Round 10 – Match 8 Results: Manly Sea Ealges 12 v 19 Parramatta Eels

In the closing match of the Heritage Round, the Eels managed an upset win beating the Sea Eagles by seven points at Brookvale Oval on Monday night, maintaining their position in the top eight.

Manly, who were coming off a big 24 – 6 win ahead of the Dragons from round nine, have now dropped one spot on the NRL ladder to fourth place with 12 competition points after Monday night’s loss.

It was a gutsy and grudge-fuelled win from the Eels who started as the underdogs but proved that they were definitely back in form for the season and that the previous week’s bye had not stopped their momentum, as they won their fourth successive match.

Luke Burt was instrumental in Parramatta’s win, scoring 11 of their 19 points including the opening four-pointer of the game just three minutes in, three successful conversions and a field goal in the final five minutes.

Manly skipper Jamie Lyon was also impressive scoring a try and kicking two from two, with the Sea Eagles owing eight of their 12 match points to their captain.

And, despite not scoring any points himself, Jarryd Hayne played an insturmental role aiding Parramatta to victory. The talented fullback has missed out on the No. 1 Blue’s jersey once again thanks to Kurt Gidley, but he showed his full potential in the role on Monday having a hand in half of the Eels’ tries.

The action kicked off when Burt scored an easy try after finding a smart pass from Hayne, which he then converted in the 3rd minute to give the Eels an early six point lead.

Twenty minutes later Feleti Mateo scored Parramatta’s second try, Luke’s conversion extending the visitors hold on the game to 12 – nil.

But after a shocking first quarter, Manly fought back in the second 20 minutes, scoring two tries of their own just five minutes apart to tie the score.

First Steve Matai opened the Sea Eagle’s account in the 31st minute and then Jamie Lyon got over again in the 36th minute. Lyon booted both through the posts so the score was tied 12 all going into the break.

In a tense and low-scoring second half, Parramatta scored the only points. In the 63rd minute Jeff Robson posted a four-pointer that Burt converted so they lead 18 – 12.

Then in the 76th minute Burt added some gloss to the scoreline with a nifty field goal so the Eels finished up with 19 points to Manly’s 12.

Both teams were missing their usual five-eighths as the Sea Eagles’ Kieran Foran and the Eels’ Kris Keating were out with injury.

The Eels have now won both of their clashes against the Sea Eagles this season after previously defeating them back in round two.

With four wins up their sleeve the Eels look a shoe-in to beat the Sharks this round so check out the odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.