Manly punishes Parramatta Eels

A relentless Manly Sea Eagles have put an amateurish Parramatta to the sword 54-0 at a baking hot Lottoland on Sunday afternoon – their biggest ever win against the Eels.

The list of positives for Trent Barrett’s men included the sublime form of skipper Daly Cherry-Evans (who kicked nine goals from 10 attempts) and lock Jake Trbojevic, a confidence-boosting hit-back for playmaker Lachie Croker, absolutely impenetrable goal-line and edge defence and a never-waning sense of urgency and discipline in temperatures that hovered in the high-30s.

The shopping list of problems for Eels coach Brad Arthur included an appalling lack of discipline; almost all of the 12 penalties they conceded were late-set piggyback penalties to help their opponents into attacking range.

They were bundled into touch while flirting with the sideline on three separate occasions and halfback Mitch Moses was sin-binned for the second straight week – this time for back-chatting the referee. Their sieve-like middle defence meant Jorge Taufua’s 80th-minute try was the first by any of Manly’s back five with five separate members of the forward pack crossing for tries.

Hooker Cam King’s afternoon finished half an hour in when he went low on Shaun Lane and was concussed; back-rower Brad Takairangi joined him when he copped a stray elbow to the face in the second half.

The Eels conceded a penalty from Manly’s first touch of the game when they were offside from their own last-play kick from the first set of the game.

A big Manly set culminated in a line drop out followed by Cherry-Evans skipping right then left then through some ordinary defence to open the scoring in the fourth minute.

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