Trbojevic drives Manly’s rally
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.