Storm snatch the win off a brave Manly performance

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Melbourne Storm 14 defeat Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 13.
Match Review.
The second game of our Super Saturday had the underperforming Manly Sea Eagles taking on the Melbourne Storm who are on a charge for the minor premiership.

 The Manly Sea Eagles were off to a flying start with Daly Cherry-Evans taking control early and dominating the field position. Within the opening 10 minutes, Manly were able to take advantage of the dominance when an excellent attacking set saw hooker Manase Fainu spin his way through the defensive line before finding his back rower Shaun Lane in support to crash over and take an early 6-0 lead.

 Manly were then able to extend that lead only a few minutes later once again through Shaun Lane. Another brilliant attacking set gave the Sea Eagles an overlap and saw Daly Cherry-Evans take on the line and find the open Lane for a 10-0 lead.

 Melbourne were able to fight their way back into the game through Suliasi Vunivalu when he went over on the wing thanks to an incredible Curtis Scott flick pass out to the open winger. The try gave Melbourne an intensity booster and it looked as if they were bound to tie the game, however the Manly defence stood strong holding the Storm to just 6 points in the opening half.

 A Daly Cherry-Evans field goal with a minute remaining gave Manly the momentum and a 13-6 lead going into the half.

 The second half started how the first half ended, with both teams playing some high intensity football. The Storm were able to score first in the second half when Cameron Smith went down the short side and hit a flying Brodie Croft who strolled over to score on his birthday. A massive miscommunication by Manly allowed young Croft to go through the weak Sea Eagles defence, and all of a sudden it was a 1 point game.
 With the second half showing a real tug of war battle, both teams were looking to build on the lifted intensity and truly put the game in their hands. The Storm were showing some ruthless attack, however they just weren't able to convert on the built pressure. For every missed opportunity and error, the frustration built up for the Storm who were only a single point down still.

 With less than 10 minutes remaining, luck went against Manly when bomb tapped back by the Storm hit a Manly defender's head before going forward into the hands of another Manly player. That resulted in a penalty to the Storm in which they kicked the penalty goal to take a 1 point lead themselves. Manly weren't able to recover from that unlucky penalty, as they tried but failed in grabbing the upset win. Melbourne held on to win the game 14-13.
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles:
7' Shaun Lane (Try)
8' Daly Cherry-Evans (Conversion)
11' Shaun Lane (Try)
25' Daly Cherry-Evans (Penalty Goal)
38' Daly Cherry-Evans (Field Goal)
Melbourne Storm:
33' Suliasi Vunivalu (Try)
35' Cameron Smith (Conversion)
49' Brodie Croft (Try)
50' Cameron Smith (Conversion)
71' Cameron Smith (Penalty Goal)


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