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NRL Match Report | Manly 20 – 18 Canberra
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles recorded one of their most thrilling golden point victories tonight in Canberra.
In one of the games of the season, centre Dylan Walker converted a 40 metre penalty goal late in the first half of golden point to give the Sea Eagles a 20-18 victory to silence the vocal Raiders home crowd.
The penalty goal came after Walker missed two earlier attempts from 20m out that could have sealed victory in normal time.
It was an incredible victory for the Sea Eagles and the team’s third win of the season on the road following victories over Nth Qld Cowboys and the Sydney Roosters.
A penalty goal in the sixth minute to centre Dylan Walker opened proceedings for the Sea Eagles for a 2-0 lead.
The Raiders were denied a try when prop Junior Paulo was held up next to the posts by the smallest of margins.
The Sea Eagles were forced to soak up extreme presume on their tryline for several minutes through consecutive penalties to the Raiders. Manly also had Walker placed on report for a head slam in the 14th minute.
The Raiders opened their account when centre and captain Jarrod Croker dived on a grubber kick from Aidan Sezer to beat Akuila Uate to the ball to score. He converted his own try for a 6-2 lead to Canberra after 28 minutes.
Manly threw plenty at Canberra in the final 10 minutes of the first half and came close to scoring on several occasions, including a try under the posts to lock Jake Trbojevic but the bunker ruled full-back Jack Wighton grounded the ball first from a grubber kick from Blake Green that hit the goal post.
The Sea Eagles again worked hard in trying to get over the line early in the second half but it was the home side who were the next to score when second-rower Josh Papalii proved too strong in brushing past half-back Daly Cherry-Evans and Walker. Croker converted for a 12-2 lead after 48 minutes.
The luck the Sea Eagles were searching for came when Jake Trbojevic crossed next to the posts after a grubber kick from Cherry-Evans deflected into the arms of the lock to score. Walker converted for a 12-8 scoreline after 55 minutes.
Three minutes later, a wonderful short ball from Lewis Brown saw Walker hit a hole to dive over in the right corner to score to make it 12-all. Walker converted his own try from the sideline for a 14-12 lead to Manly after 59 minutes.
Croker got the Raiders level again when he converted a penalty goal from 20 metres in front for a 14-all scoreline after 65 minutes after Jackson Hastings was penalised for pushing a player back down in trying to make a quick play the ball.
Walker then missed a penalty goal from 18 metres out in the 68th minute.
A good ball from Cherry-Evans put second-rower Frank Winterstein in the clear before finding support back inside for full-back Tom Trbojevic to score.
After field goal attempts from both sides, the game was forced into Golden Point.
But it was short lived after the Sea Eagles were awarded a costly penalty 40 metres from the Raiders tryline.
Looking to make amends, Dylan Walker stepped up to take the crucial penalty kick and without fail he added the 2 points leading the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles to their fourth victory of the season.