Hodkinson seals Dogs’ golden-point NRL win

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    Former Manly halfback Trent Hodkinson kept Canterbury’s roll going and delivered a devastating blow to the Sea Eagles, as his side scored a thrilling 32-30 golden-point NRL win at Brookvale Oval.

    Manly came from 30-12 down to force extra time with three converted tries in 13 minutes.

    Halfback Daly Cherry-Evans crossed twice and Steve Matai scampered over with less than two minutes left, with Jamie Lyon nervelessly kicking the tough conversion.

    The game ended in contentious fashion, when Hodkinson kicked a match-clinching penalty goal in golden point time.

    His kick was made easier when the penalty, awarded for the tackled player not being released quickly enough after being called held, was advanced 10 metres when Kieran Foran queried the decision.

    Earlier, Manly would not have been pleased with a second-half try awarded to Josh Reynolds when he appeared to be stopped short of the line.

    The Bulldogs made it seven wins from their past eight games, while Manly have tasted just two victories in their past seven encounters.

    The powerful Bulldogs pack was well led by Englishman James Graham, who made numerous surging runs.

    In the backs, Ben Barba, Hodkinson and five-eighth Josh Reynolds were prominent.

    Barba made it six tries from four games at Brookvale with a double, while Hodkinson set up the first three tries with two kicks and a pass.

    Manly’s representative forward Anthony Watmough left the field in the second half with a cork.

    The Sea Eagles turned the ball over immediately after the match kicked off and Josh Morris timed his jump perfectly to claim a Hodkinson bomb for the opening four-pointer after 75 seconds.

    Nine minutes later, Barba dotted down for the second try after Foran and Matai failed to defuse a Hodkinson bomb.

    Forward Frank Pritchard was the next beneficiary of Hodkinson’s good work, smashing through some flimsy defence off his halfback’s inside pass.

    The shellshocked Sea Eagles finally managed to get on the board in the 26th minute through a try to winger Jorge Taufua.

    The Bulldogs took less than three minutes of the second half to restore their 18-point advantage.

    Krisnan Inu made a break and linked with Reynolds, who sent Barba clear for his second try.

    Justin Horo crossed for Manly’s second try, but Reynolds appeared to have put the match out of their reach.

    Manly coach Geoff Toovey said Watmough will be fine, meaning he will be available for NSW in the second State of Origin match.

    Toovey also said he was perplexed and dumbfounded by some of the refereeing decisions.

    “I think you can see it was short,” Toovey said of the Reynolds try.

    “I think the last penalty was pretty well obvious as well, but that’s only my decision.

    “In my opinion they conned the ref.”

    Reynolds was adamant he was in the right in both instances.

    “I was looking at the replay and I thought it (the ball) was on the line (for my try),” Reynolds said.

    Asked about whether he had milked the decisive penalty Reynolds retorted “I’m trying to get out of the tackle, what do you want me to do, stay there and get smashed?”

    Bulldogs coach Des Hasler was happy to win given Manly’s large edge in possession and penalty count advantage, but wasn’t getting excited about winning four in a row.

    “Its a win we’re not going to get carried away with it, we had five tries posted against us,” Hasler said.

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    • June 15th 2013 @ 5:01am
      Dave said | June 15th 2013 @ 5:01am | ! Report

      Who the f$?k was that video ref?

      • June 15th 2013 @ 4:30pm
        Boatman of River Styx said | June 15th 2013 @ 4:30pm | ! Report

        His name is Mr Magoo.

    • June 15th 2013 @ 6:57am
      Robert said | June 15th 2013 @ 6:57am | ! Report

      Refs were atrocious last night,but calls went both ways so no excuses for manly.What manly could if done was use Symonds and Hasson alot earlier.Manly did come back into the game until Watmough left the field and those two came on.The team is tired because for games when manly did all that defence,Toovey left a fresh man on the bench.Time to give Buhrer,Symonds and Hasson more game time,they look like guns

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      • June 15th 2013 @ 8:26am
        seanmaguire said | June 15th 2013 @ 8:26am | ! Report

        I don’t blame the refs, I blame Reynolds for being the biggest cheat in the game. I hope the refs realise and don’t give a penalty for anything he’s involved in. He’s only been playing for two years and the number of dives he’s been involved in is atrocious.
        Manly looked terrible in attack though and hopefully when Stewart is back that will improve, but there are big issues there.

        • June 15th 2013 @ 1:24pm
          pat said | June 15th 2013 @ 1:24pm | ! Report

          Reynolds was slammed onto his back well after being called held. The held call could be clearly heard in the telecast. Legitimate penalty which was then compounded by dumb dumb Foran mouthing off at the referee. Foran has had a consistant habit of challenging referees. He is not the captain and get involved way too often and last night it came back to bite him.

        • June 15th 2013 @ 4:56pm
          Chris said | June 15th 2013 @ 4:56pm | ! Report

          Sean I guess Steve Matai push in the back of Hodkinson which indirectly lead to a try was ok?????? Matai is the biggest cheat in the game always does that.

          • June 15th 2013 @ 7:18pm
            liatrevlis said | June 15th 2013 @ 7:18pm | ! Report

            Big difference between dirty and cheat

    • June 15th 2013 @ 7:37am
      Ron said | June 15th 2013 @ 7:37am | ! Report

      Great crowd behaviour from the vermin home crowd. Go to any jumior match and you can see this disgraceful behaviour, especially from the Manly Cove Rebels supporters

    • June 15th 2013 @ 7:48am
      eagleJack said | June 15th 2013 @ 7:48am | ! Report

      Bulldogs were too good but it was pleasing to see us score 18pts in the last 20mins. Manly’s form slump has unsurprisingly coincided with Brett Stewart being out. The attack looks disjointed without him chiming in from the back.

      But he’s back next round so that’s good. It was also good to see Lyon bring his kicking boots this week. Maybe contract negotiations had been playing on his mind. Who knows.

      Overall a cracking game. The Dogs are back and put in a performance last night that will make the other contenders a little nervous.

      • June 15th 2013 @ 8:35am
        robert said | June 15th 2013 @ 8:35am | ! Report

        I think Manly’s form slump has coincided with his brother Glenn’s return.He is badly out of form and Symonds was playing nicely.Hiku has been terrific,its just that he is new to the combinations.If Manly’s issues have been because B.Stewart has been out,then there are deeper concerns

        • June 15th 2013 @ 9:14am
          eagleJack said | June 15th 2013 @ 9:14am | ! Report

          Not really. Take any sides strike weapon out of the mix and a team will struggle (Barba, Hayne etc). Manly are atleast a 6 point better side with Stewart playing. And that can be the difference between a win and a loss.

          Hiku is a talent. But he mistimed a number of runs last night that cost them points.

    • June 15th 2013 @ 7:51am
      Fox Molder said | June 15th 2013 @ 7:51am | ! Report

      A little bit of EPL diving made its way into the NRL last night. Well done Reynolds….

    • June 15th 2013 @ 7:55am
      The eye said | June 15th 2013 @ 7:55am | ! Report

      To be honest I thought Greg Inglis did the same thing a month ago that got Faasaosso suspended..is it the same penalty for spearing yourself ?Refereeing still hasn’t improved..

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        June 15th 2013 @ 8:37am
        Phil Coorey said | June 15th 2013 @ 8:37am | ! Report

        You are so wrong. Reynolds clearly jumped and milked the penalty – go back and look at the Inglis tackles again.

        • June 15th 2013 @ 10:15am
          The eye said | June 15th 2013 @ 10:15am | ! Report

          You go back,Phil..the second one I’m talking about Inglis gets airborne and poor old Richie barely has hold of him..I know blah,blah blah he shouldn’t have done this,shouldn’t have done that but Inglis is a pretty heavy load to lift that high one handed.Manly probably deserved to lose the gameanyway,doubt they’d get any sympathy from Cowboy supporters.

          • June 15th 2013 @ 11:52am
            Ricky Stuart's Beard said | June 15th 2013 @ 11:52am | ! Report

            100% spot on eye

      • June 15th 2013 @ 1:14pm
        pat said | June 15th 2013 @ 1:14pm | ! Report

        Clearly you have not spent any time with people in wheelchairs. Anything that protects players from ending up in this situation is a good thing. Just one day spent with someone who’s neck has been broken would change your unsustainable views. Education.

        • June 15th 2013 @ 4:05pm
          The eye said | June 15th 2013 @ 4:05pm | ! Report

          So we should ban scrums ?Read carefully,Pat,I believe both players put THEMSELVES into the dangerous situation.Educate yourself with better reading comprehension skills.

          • June 15th 2013 @ 10:45pm
            Symbolsoup said | June 15th 2013 @ 10:45pm | ! Report

            When was the last time that there was an injury from a scrum? Ignorance is bliss, open that one eye and you my see something.

            • June 15th 2013 @ 10:55pm
              The eye said | June 15th 2013 @ 10:55pm | ! Report

              Unbelievable ! Only the most dreadful injury in Nrl history came from a scrum,youve never heard of John Farragher of the Panthers ?Idiotic beyond ignorance of the first order.

              • June 16th 2013 @ 8:46am
                Symbolsoup said | June 16th 2013 @ 8:46am | ! Report

                Must admit, I haven’t heard of him but the fact that it happened in 1978 doesn’t support your argument, scrubs have changed a whole lot since then. Pretty sad story though, thanks for sharing.

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