Highlights: Sea Eagles surprise Cowboys 30-8

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    The Manly Sea Eagles kick-started their season with a surprising win over the North Queensland Cowboys on Saturday night.

    It was a good start for the Sea Eagles, who went up by two early through a converted penalty from Dylan Walker.

    However, North Queensland quickly took control of the game, with Johnathon Thurston making it two-all via a penalty of their own, and converting Jake Granville’s try shortly after.

    The Cowboys were unable to punish Manly for being sloppy on the ball, but instead paid the price themselves, as a 40-20 kick from Daly Cherry-Evans, followed by a brilliant grubber, lead to a big try from Jorge Taufua.

    Walker was able to convert to make it even just two minutes before halftime.

    There would be one more twist in the half, as Thurston’s poor kick near the Manly try line was picked up by Tom Trbojevic, who made a brilliant full field run to put the Sea Eagles ahead.

    Walker converted for a third time to make sure his side led by six at halftime.

    The second half saw the Sea Eagles continue their dominant spell, with Walker putting Manly ahead by two via another penalty.

    Shortly after Brenton Lawrence scored and Walker converted again to extend the Sea Eagles lead by 14.

    The Cowboys would continue to give away more penalties, allowing Walker to convert his sixth kick and third penalty.

    From there, North Queensland found some new life, and pushed forward with attack after attack.

    Despite getting over the line twice, and throwing everything they had Manly, the Cowboys were unable to break down their opponent’s defence.

    The Sea Eagles worked incredibly hard defensively to continuously deny North Queensland.

    The same cannot be said about the Cowboys, who conceded one last try against the run of play.

    Shaun Lane’s great run ended with a good pass to Jackson Hastings, who got his first try of the night.

    Walker would convert one more kick as Manly went on to secure a famous win.

    Final score
    North Queensland Cowboys 8
    Manly Sea Eagles 30

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    • Roar Guru

      March 19th 2017 @ 8:13am
      eagleJack said | March 19th 2017 @ 8:13am | ! Report

      A courageous win and one that gives fans plenty of hope that the stories you hear about a tight group, may actually translate onto the field. Their defence was sensational, constantly turning up for one another.

      With 2 of 4 missing big boppers returning next week in Taupau and AFB the middle won’t look as fragile moving forward. Was great to see the spine starting to click. The team certainly has some strike power. Was nice to finally cheer in 2017.

      • March 19th 2017 @ 9:37am
        kingcowboy said | March 19th 2017 @ 9:37am | ! Report

        Not being smart but as an eagles supporter do you see your boys making the right?

        • Roar Guru

          March 19th 2017 @ 10:22am
          Jason Hosken said | March 19th 2017 @ 10:22am | ! Report

          You mean the eight? As a fan, the 8 is’nt a priority at present, just enjoying a real gutsy first win of the season. Granted, Manly got the Cows at the right time but they weren’t without their own issues.

          Manly don’t have the depth to match the high flyers over 26 rounds so will need a generous run with injuries. At best I reckon they could sneak into the the eight. Their goal line defence against Parra and NQ was arguably the best of the opening rounds, if they can improve their ball control they’ll cause a few more upsets.

          How about your mob, KC? Different side without Scott and Jase T. Regardless, they’ll be thereabouts when it counts. Ponga a must every week…Bevan French X-Factor.

          • March 19th 2017 @ 10:39am
            kingcowboy said | March 19th 2017 @ 10:39am | ! Report

            I’m in the miniorty but I don’t want Ponga there but that’s me. LoLo comes back in two weeks and he will obviously make a massive difference. I also have a gut feeling Scott is going to make it back for finals.

            Going to be a great comp this year. Panthers to me are the best team, so we have to improve to match those boys.

            • Roar Guru

              March 19th 2017 @ 11:08am
              The Barry said | March 19th 2017 @ 11:08am | ! Report

              KC – what do you think about the Cows fighting the LoLo shoulder charge?

              Seems a bit reckless given Scott gone as well.

              LoLo would be back this week if they’d pleaded guilty.

              • March 19th 2017 @ 11:26am
                kingcowboy said | March 19th 2017 @ 11:26am | ! Report

                Easy to say in hindsight to take the week and move on but we obviously thought we had a good chance to get him off. We have had a dream run with injuries the last few years, so all our boys have played a lot of footy. Two weeks off could be a blessing in disguise for him.

                Biggest Manly hater in the world here but they out played us last night. If I can my opinion on Manly, they are a ticking time bomb. No way Barrett is coach next year and that isn’t his fault. Manly need to get rid of Old Bob and bring Hasler back.

              • Roar Guru

                March 19th 2017 @ 5:28pm
                The Barry said | March 19th 2017 @ 5:28pm | ! Report

                Must have been relying on inconsistency at the judiciary because it was hard to see him getting off in light of the Taupau decision.

                Might help with carry over points later in the year.

            • March 19th 2017 @ 11:14am
              Jason Hosken said | March 19th 2017 @ 11:14am | ! Report

              That surprises me KC. I’d love to have a Ponga type at Manly for off the cuff spark. Too close to call, so many variables over such a long distance. Storm for me are the most reliable but struggle to look outside the box in finals matches. Panthers and Raiders are my favourite to watch and Cronulla should finish in the four. Whatever, just make sure you’ve got control of the remote.

              • March 19th 2017 @ 11:31am
                kingcowboy said | March 19th 2017 @ 11:31am | ! Report

                Oh Ponga can play. Best kid I have ever seen and that is why it hurts so bad. He was the chosen one!!! But he has gone to the dark side.

      • Roar Guru

        March 19th 2017 @ 10:05am
        PNG Broncos fan88 said | March 19th 2017 @ 10:05am | ! Report

        eJ, was pleasantly surprised by the Sea Eagles last night. I predicted that they would get a flogging.
        I guess being written off makes a team dig deep and fight, just like what the Titans did.

        Blake Green is complimenting DCE nicely, Api is a stylish rake who is massively underrated. Nate, Brent and Marty give as good as they get. The teleplay between the Turbo bros awes us every weekend. Walker coming into his own and Taufua and Uate showing glimpses of their hay days. This side has the potential to beat the best.

        Great win, looking forward to them backing up with the same effort against the Dogs at Brookvale.

    • Roar Guru

      March 19th 2017 @ 8:21am
      The Barry said | March 19th 2017 @ 8:21am | ! Report

      What a win!

      A week ago the pack were all powderpuffs, DCE couldn’t play, Walker couldn’t kick goals and their recruitment was the worst in the competition.

      And that was from Manly fans.

      Really didn’t see this one coming. Great for the comp.

    • March 19th 2017 @ 8:42am
      Jimmmy said | March 19th 2017 @ 8:42am | ! Report

      I thought the Cows would have trouble in this game. No LoLo , no Coote, no Scott. Our forward depth is our Achilles heel. Having said that the Cows were off with a capital O . JT had one of his poorer games . Our hands let us down, Unforced errors. Poor defence. No go forward. I have always believed we would finish the H&A around fifth or sixth and I see no reason to change.
      The eagles on the other hand were great. Their defence was like a brick wall. We would ordinarily have scored two or three of those tries where we were held up. Well done to Manly. They were far and away the better team.

      • Roar Guru

        March 19th 2017 @ 9:29am
        PNG Broncos fan88 said | March 19th 2017 @ 9:29am | ! Report

        Jimmmy, agree with your assessment. Forward JT is such a game changer and Scott is the leader in their pack, without both they lacked purpose and direction.
        Or call it the Broncs-Cows golden point factor – the week after they produce their lowest quality of football. Just like their lack lustre effort in last years GF qualifier where they were pummelled by the Sharks.

      • Roar Guru

        March 19th 2017 @ 9:36am
        eagleJack said | March 19th 2017 @ 9:36am | ! Report

        I also thought the Cows would struggle, but I kept it to myself on here, as I didn’t know if Manly would take advantage of it. Both teams were missing key men in the middle. But Manly had an extra game to adjust, which was crucial.

        You could see guys like Brenton Lawrence last night take it upon himself to be the forward leader. Nate Myles too. The week before they were all at sea not knowing what to do without AFB there to take a timely hit up or for Taupau to hit hard in defence when the team needed a lift. And once they’d lost the middle, Souths ran riot.

        The Cowboys will be better for the run. They’ll make changes at training and whilst they always knew Scott and Taumalolo wouldn’t be there, it often doesn’t hit until you are out in the middle and realise that the work won’t get done if you just rely on others. I thought Coen Hess was very good, the guy doesn’t stop.

        • March 19th 2017 @ 10:16am
          The eye said | March 19th 2017 @ 10:16am | ! Report

          come on eJ..have a go ! I stuck my chin right out there,couple of their supporters fired up at me…but,hey..put 30 on them..nice to see that lousey good for nothing back flipper DCE put some egg on faces..

          • March 19th 2017 @ 6:24pm
            geoff evans said | March 19th 2017 @ 6:24pm | ! Report

            Hi eye, how well do you know DCE to call him a “lousy good for nothing”. If you don’t know some one well keep your opinions to yourself.

            • March 20th 2017 @ 9:35am
              The eye said | March 20th 2017 @ 9:35am | ! Report

              Geoff,I’m his biggest fan…sarcasm mate..

        • March 19th 2017 @ 11:16am
          Jason Hosken said | March 19th 2017 @ 11:16am | ! Report

          I suspected the Cows would struggle too, but I was sure Manly would struggle more.

    • Roar Rookie

      March 19th 2017 @ 9:06am
      Joe said | March 19th 2017 @ 9:06am | ! Report

      Great win by Manly in Townsville. After the Eels upset on Friday this was even bigger. Sure the Cowboys had injuries but as seen by the Titans on Friday that only counts for part of a game. The Manly boys turned up to play big time. I thought DCE had his best game by far probably read all the criticism on the Roar about earning his pay. Koroisau was dangerous with the ball and a workhorse in defense. Brenton Lawrence was very strong in the middle, probably putting his case forward for a QLD jersey. Turbo bros were solid as usual. Green also had his best game as did Walker in the centres and Uate on the wing. Cowboys were their own worst enemies, compounding their injuries with a serious case of the dropsies. I don’t know what the final error count or completion rate was but I’m sure it’s pretty poor by their usual standards. They were badly missing the big boys in the middle and Manly handled the loss of their big boppers much better. Two big upsets in a weekend is why fans watch the NRL, on their day a team can turn it on a put on a masterclass and this was one of those days for Manly and the Titans. Is it the beginning of their revival or a flash in the pan performance. Looking forward to next week at Brooky after this performance with their old mentors team the Dogs. That game just got a lot more interesting!

      • March 19th 2017 @ 10:14am
        geoff evans said | March 19th 2017 @ 10:14am | ! Report

        agree with you Joe, but I am sure Lawrence was told a few years back he is not eligible to play state of origon as he played for tooo long in WA. Pity

    • March 19th 2017 @ 9:34am
      kingcowboy said | March 19th 2017 @ 9:34am | ! Report

      Can’t win them all. Good win eagles, out played us, no complaints at all. We are going to be right. Not playing great but still two out of three. Onto titans!!!

    • March 20th 2017 @ 9:18am
      theHunter said | March 20th 2017 @ 9:18am | ! Report

      JT played like an average half. It’s funny how Cowboys wins are always credited to how JT is but when he is there and they lose no one talks about some of his bad decisions during the game.

      Anyway, I am happy the Eagles won. The whole of that back line cannot operate without the Big guys in the middle. Even JT cannot do that. But when he kicks a field goal, it’s all “JT”

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