Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - DEAN RITCHIE

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.

Pic­ture: GREGG POR­TE­OUS Pic­ture:

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.

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