Tr­bo­je­vic drives Manly’s rally

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - SEA EA­GLES ROOST­ERS MANLY SEA EA­GLES

A TOM Tr­bo­je­vic- led Manly have re­vived their NRL top four hopes with a 36- 18 up­set of Syd­ney Roost­ers at Lot­toland.

Af­ter con­ced­ing 92 points dur­ing the past fort­night, the Sea Ea­gles bounced back in em­phatic fash­ion with a come­from- be­hind vic­tory over the sec­ond- placed Roost­ers yes­ter­day.

The re­sult opened up a four- point gap be­tween lad­der lead­ers Mel­bourne and the Roost­ers, all but seal­ing the mi­nor pre­mier­ship for the Storm with four rounds re­main­ing.

The Roost­ers looked to be run­ning away with the game af­ter jump­ing out to an 18- 4 lead be­fore Tr­bo­je­vic scored ei­ther side of half­time to get back within two points.

And when Lewis Brown crashed over from dum­my­half with 26 min­utes re­main­ing the Sea Ea­gles had the lead again.

Tr­bo­je­vic shook off the ef­fects of a knee to the ribs from La­trell Mitchell and fit­tingly threw the last pass for Brad Parker’s match- seal­ing try in the 69th minute.

Half­back Daly Cher­ryE­vans was again a stand­out with his kick­ing game, pin­ning the Roost­ers in their own half for most of the sec­ond 40 min­utes, and was re­warded with a late try.

The Roost­ers car­ried an 18- 10 lead into half­time af­ter Mitchell and his Roost­ers left­side team­mates ran riot in the first half.

Mitchell gave the Tri- colours the lead for the first time when he stripped the ball from Cherry- Evans on the Manly line to dive over.

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