On Saturday night a rising Sea Eagles side stopped the Storm in their tracks with an emphatic 26 – 6 victory in front of their home fans at Brookvale Oval, the victory mainly thanks to skipper Jamie Lyon who scored a match double and kicked five from five.
Manly have risen to sixth spot on the ladder following their big 20 point victory over their long standing rivals, giving them a genuine shot at the Premiership this year.
Melbourne, already out of the race thanks to their salary cap breaches, will be praying for the season’s end by this stage especially after the nasty reception the 12,550 fans at Brookie gave them on Saturday.
Saturday’s game was a fierce contest with Manly getting a good early lead setting them up for victory.
They scored three first half converted tries to the Storm’s sole four-pointer giving them a cushiony 18 – 6 lead by half time.
Jamie Lyon opened their account in the 11th minute followed five minutes later by powerhouse winger Tony Williams who ran through Billy Slater to score.
Then Steve Matai scored again in the 28th minute after a penalty off Brett Finch.
Lyon booted three from three through the posts filling the home side with plenty of confidence.
It was a big win for Manly and for fans that had bet on them to win by 12+ points at Ladbrokes.com.au
The Storm scored one consolation try in the 33rd minute thanks to Ryan Hoffman, and Cameron Smith’s conversion gave them their sole six match points.
In an arm wrestle of a second half just one final try was made, another for Lyon giving him a match double in the 50th minute after he jumped onto a chip kick from Kieran Foran.
The only other points were two from a penalty kick awarded to the Sea Eagles in the 61st minute giving Lyon a personal haul of 18 points.
Manly’s win was marred by a number of injuries including Josh Perry’s suspected broken leg in the first few minutes and a strained knee for Anthony Watmough.
Manly face one of their toughest tests this week travelling to WIN Stadium to take on the Dragons.
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