Sin Bin returns since 2015 as Manly come out ahead in a sloppy game

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The Manly Sea Eagles defeated the Melbourne Storm 24-4

This game we saw Melbourne Storm without Captain Cameron Smith and Manly headed into the game with a shaky start to the season as well as with all their off field drama, no one knew how they would play. For Melbourne Billy Slater got to captain his side for the first time.

The game started off really well for both sides with each team completing their sets for the first 8 minutes of the game. However a shift to Manly's right edge saw Josh Addo-Carr jam up and put a nice hit on Shaun Lane freeing the ball. With Melbourne having the ball deep into Manly's half they did the exact same on a shift with a poor pass which saw Suliasi Vunivalu drop the ball as it went over the sideline.

A forward pass from Dylan Walker ruined the chance at Manly opening the scoring as Tom Trbojevic went over to score.

With the first 20 minutes of the game gone, the scores were still level at 0-0 however both sides struggled to hold onto the ball and complete sets. Dylan Walker had a dangerous run and came really close to scoring but with the Storm in trouble they intentionally gave away a penalty in front of the posts with Daly Cherry-Evans opening the scoring through a penalty goal.

A controversial call on 5th tackle saw a turnover with a scrum to Manly however it should have been a repeat set to Melbourne. Manly went straight onto the attack however did not have enough to break the Storm line with Addo-Carr bring the ball down from the attacking kick to give the ball back to Melbourne.

Nothing happened between here and the 35th minute, where a string of penalties conceded by Dylan Walker saw Manly get an official warning for sin binning and with a penalty goal from in front Cameron Munster evened up the scores.

The warning did not last long and with a lack of general discipline Manly were down to 12 players with Jake Trbojevic getting sin binned. However on the very next play Ryley Jacks ran behind Tim Glasby with a blatant shepherd.

The first half came to a close with both sides playing extremely poor. The only real excitement came when Henry Peranara told Dylan Walker to "Shut Up" for his "Back Chatting and his Dissent". Both sides went into the sheds with a two all draw on the board.

The second half started much like how the first went. More errors and with a penalty up in Manly territory saw Ryley Jacks add the two points. The restart from Manly was kicked out on the full and before the Storm could do anything with the ball they dropped the ball on the first tackle.

With only 5 minutes into the second half we had already seen 17 penalties and they way both sides were playing it seemed as if we would see another 17. Off the back of some penalties we saw Manly in good field position, however with a scramble on 5th tackle with a few poor passes Manly came up with an outstanding try out of no where.

Outstanding goal line defence from Melbourne saw the Storm come up with the ball but much like how this whole game has gone for the Storm they had an error.

There was a fight in which Curtis Scott and Dylan Walker threw a barrage of punches at each other resulting in a Send Off for Curtis Scott and a sin binning for Dylan Walker.

After a review from the Bunker Manly lost Api Koroisau after he reportedly threw some punches. Melbourne were reduced to 12 men on the field for the remainder of the game and with Manly down to 11 men they almost went in to score. It was a brilliant slide defence from the Storm taking Uate into touch.

But again, like much of this game Melbourne came up with their 10th error of the game. Manly with the ball now they also came up with an error and then conceded yet another penalty.

This Storm momentum did not last long as they came up with another error, at this point of the game Melbourne completed a total of 20/32 sets. This Error proved costly as the short-handed Sea Eagles outfit came up with a try to Akuila Uate with the score now out to 10-4 after the missed conversion from Cherry-Evans.

Melbourne bombed another chance through Addo-Carr after he dropped the ball in a tackle close to the Manly try line.

Good field position almost saw the Storm go in, however with great cover defence from Akuila Uate saw the Sea Eagles hold up Will Chambers in the in goal area with the ball coming loose.

News came through from the commentators with them reporting that after the sin binning both Apisai Koroisau and Matthew Wright (Came on for Walker in HIA) both came back on the field 1:41 seconds early as they didn't stay in the bin for the full 10 minutes.

In the 68th minute we went to the Bunker for a try to Tom Trbojevic resulting in a TRY. At this point Manly were all over the Storm who were frustrated. This took the lead out to 12 points as Manly lead the Storm 16-4.

Just as Melbourne looked to build something Vunivalu was penalised for passing the ball off the ground giving the ball back to Manly with 9 minutes remaining on the clock. After driving up the field, Will Chambers conceded another penalty on the last tackle in where Cherry-Evans decided that the Sea Eagles would go for the two points which was successful from Hodkinson.

Another Sin Bin to Josh Addo-Carr for a professional foul after chasing down Tom Trbojevic when he took off running after another knock on from the Storm. This sealed the fate for the Storm as they just didn't have enough to come back. Their sloppy defence they gave up another penalty on the following set off the kick off. This was the 25th penalty of the game with Manly winning the count 13-12.

On the final siren Manly went over yet again after a huge offload from Frank Winterstein saw Moses Suli go over to score. Manly had a sloppy first half in this game however their second half was outstanding.

Fewy's Player of the Game: Tom Trbojevic

Scoring Timeline:

First Half

21' (Penalty Goal) Daly-Cherry-Evans (MAN)
35' (Penalty Goal) Cameron Munster (MEL)

Second Half: 

44' (Penalty Goal) Cameron Munster (MEL)
47' (TRY) Matthew Wright (MAN)
59' (TRY) Akuila Uate (MAN)
68' (TRY) Tom Trbojevic (MAN)
69' (Conversion) Trent Hodkinson (MAN)
72' (Penalty Goal) Trent Hodkinson (MAN)
77' (Penalty Goal) Trent Hodkinson (MAN)
80' (TRY) Moses Suli (MAN)



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