Cherry on top for DCE

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

FIRST his wal­let and now the score­board has vin­di­cated the back­flip by Daly Cher­ryE­vans, with the star Manly half­back walk­ing away from the Gold Coast both richer and hap­pier.

If ever there was a mo­ment when Cherry- Evans would look back upon his in­fa­mous de­ci­sion to re­nege upon his Ti­tans deal to sign a $ 10 mil­lion life­time bo­nanza at the Sea Ea­gles it was last night, when the two sides met to save their re­spec­tive sea­sons.

Manly not only came up trumps, they dis­man­tled, em­bar­rassed and wal­loped the Ti­tans with a 38- 6 can­ing in front of 9632 fans at Cbus Su­per Sta­dium.

It was the big­gest ever loss by the Ti­tans at home and if not for a try to debu­tant Nathaniel Peteru with one minute to go it would’ve been the sec­ond time they had failed to score any points in a game this sea­son.

Com­pound­ing an in­jury cri­sis that had the Ti­tans start last night with­out nine NRL top lin­ers, skip­per Nate Myles left the field clutch­ing his right arm in the sec­ond half and did not re­turn.

On a freez­ing night the Sea Ea­gles hit red hot form to race in four first- half tries, go­ing to the sheds 20 points up on the score­board and miles ahead in the con­test.

“We’re play­ing a re­ally good brand of football,” Cher­ryE­vans said at the break.

“We’ve got one more half to go and if we play like that I have no doubt we’ll come away with two points.”

Cherry- Evans was booed with ev­ery touch, even as he threw a su­perb cut- out pass to put Tom Tr­bo­je­vic across for the first try af­ter 11 min­utes.

“I don’t know what it’s about,” he said.

“I’m hav­ing fun and we’re win­ning, so they’ll be quiet soon.”


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