DALY DUMPED IN ROUT OF MANLY
THE $ 10 million star Daly Cherry- Evans backflipped again last night – and this time landed on his shoulder.
He was taken off at halftime as his Manly side all but crashed out of the finals race. It will be the first time the Sea Eagles have missed the NRL finals since 2004.
Cherry- Evans stayed down twice clutching his right shoulder just before halftime after a one- on- one miss on rampant North Queensland forward Gavin Cooper.
He came off at halftime and did not return.
His arm was in a sling as the second half started.
With Cherry- Evans on the sidelines, Manly fell away to
be beaten 30- 12 by North Queensland at a miserable Brookvale Oval in Round 19.
The Sydney crowd was 7643, light rain fell in the second half and Manly lost their 11th game this season.
Two successive wins had Manly fans daring to dream
about a lateseason finals- bound surge. But any run failed to eventuate in the round closer.
Manly would have to win all seven remaining regular season games – with matches against premiers South Sydney, New Zealand Warriors and Brisbane Broncos – to reach the finals.
Manly were horrible last night.
Season 2015 has been unfulfilling for Manly, a team used to success.
Manly fans started walking out of Brookvale with 14 minutes still remaining. That has not been seen for a decade.
North Queensland thoroughly deserved their win, the Cowboys a step in front of coach Geoff Toovey’s Manly in most departments.
Coach Paul Green’s team is red- hot and ready for a genuine tilt at the title.
Co- captain Johnathan Thurston is in career- best form. He is some player. It was the Cowboys’ eighth successive win on the road.
ROAD WARRIOR: North Queensland’s Lachlan Coote looks to find a teammate during the Cowboys’ 18- point win against Manly at Brookvale
Oval last night.