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  •   Home > News > Sports > Rugby League

    Manly in top four race with Roosters win

    Manly have stayed in the hunt for the NRL top four with a 36-18 win over Sydney Roosters at Lottoland on Sunday.

    - article from www.rugbyleague.co.nz

    Tom Trbojevic has sparked Manly to a 36-18 come-from-behind win over the Sydney Roosters, reigniting his side's NRL season in the process.

    Down 16-4 late in the first half, the Sea Eagles looked to be down and out and in danger of slipping to the edge of the top eight.

    After back-to-back floggings over the last fortnight in which they conceded 92 points, their season was sitting on a knife's edge.

    Enter Trbojevic.

    First the Sea Eagles star No.1 scored in the shadows of the break to get his side back in contention.

    It was one of the most important four-pointers in the context of their season and he then went on to score again seven minutes after the resumption as the home side ran in four second-half tries.

    The result leaves Trent Barrett's men two points behind fourth-placed Cronulla.

    "We didn't speak about it too much but we all knew where we sat," Barrett said.

    "It gives us a bit of a springboard into the next four games. We can't look past the Tigers. We're two points outside the four.

    "Who knows. We just have to turn up with that attitude and keep working as hard as they did in the last two weeks.

    "The scoreline was a reflection of their attitude throughout the week. (The criticism) was hard to cop but we had to cop it."

    Trbojevic finished the game despite copping a knee to the back from Latrell Mitchell which left him writhing on the ground in pain.

    He racked up 171 running metres, four tackle breaks, a linebreak, a linebreak assist and a try assist to Brad Parker to go with the two four-pointers of his own.

    Halfback Daly Cherry-Evans was again influential with his kicking game controlling the tempo in the second half while prop Martin Taupau ran for 191m from 17 carries.

    The loss leaves the Roosters with some major headaches and four points behind ladder leaders Melbourne ahead of their top-of-the-table clash next week.

    Winger Daniel Tupou suffered a worrying hamstring injury while Sio Siua Taukeiaho sustained a compound fracture to his finger.

    The Roosters looked to be cruising to a win in the first half after Latrell Mitchell and his left-side teammates ran riot.

    Mitchell produced a strip on Cherry-Evans close to the line for an audacious four-pointer before setting up Luke Keary.

    However the Roosters were simply overpowered in the second half.

    "We just didn't have enough steel in us for the second half, to hold on for the periods that they were going to come at us," Roosters coach Trent Robinson said.

    "It was disappointing how we allowed them to roll and it continued for most of the second half."

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