Manly Seal takes first win this season in spectacular fashion as Daly Cherry-Evans drop goal sinks Bulldogs

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Manly picks up his first win of the season in spectacular fashion after Daly Cherry-Evans’ late goal sank the Bulldogs… as Tom Trbojevic finally returns to his best for the Sea Eagles

  • Manly beat Canterbury 13-12 on Sunday to clinch their first win of the season
  • Daly Cherry-Evans netted a 77th-minute drop goal from 25 yards out to win the game
  • A rejuvenated Tom Trbojevic scored the Sea Eagles’ first try of the afternoon
  • The Bulldogs fought valiantly but slipped to a second straight loss

Daly Cherry-Evans’ golden boot propelled Manly to their first NRL win of the season, with a scrappy 13-12 win over Canterbury.

In scenes reminiscent of the Sea Eagles’ first win last season against the Warriors, Cherry-Evans netted a 77th-minute drop goal from 25 yards and to the right of the post.

The kick marked Cherry-Evans’ 23rd of his NRL career, bringing him close to Adam Reynolds with the most field goals of any current player.

Daly Cherry-Evans (left) threw the winning basket as Manly beat the Bulldogs 13-12

The Bulldogs’ last two raids have failed, with Josh Addo-Carr kicking the siren into touch as Canterbury tried to get him out on their own side of the pitch.

But the Sea Eagles had to work hard for their first win of the year, with Kieran Foran easily their best player.

After Manly led 8-0 early, Foran put Brad Parker into space in a left edge move that allowed Reuben Garrick to fly down the wing.

The Sea Eagles star tied Adam Reynolds with the most field goals of any current player, with 23 kicks apiece

The Sea Eagles star tied Adam Reynolds with the most field goals of any current player, with 23 kicks apiece

Tom Trbojevic was back to his best and scored Manly's first try of the game on Sunday

Tom Trbojevic was back to his best and scored Manly’s first try of the game on Sunday

Fittingly, it was Tom Trbojevic who scored the club’s first try under Bob Fulton’s newly opened stand, with the team’s current superstar putting the ball in front of the new building named for the greatest player in history. Manly.

Foran also put in a magnificent ball for a try from Garrick at half-time, clipping two men in wet conditions at Brookvale.

The Bulldogs were resolute on defense, showing they’re a much more resilient team in 2022.

They held 26 balls in their own red zone in the second half of the game, refusing to let Manly in and take a clear advantage.

The Bulldogs were resolute on defense, showing they are a much more resilient team in 2022

The Bulldogs were resolute on defense, showing they are a much more resilient team in 2022

But ultimately had no response to the Daly-Evans magic and fell to a second straight loss

But ultimately had no response to the Daly-Evans magic and fell to a second straight loss

Brandon Wakeham showed promise at half-back when he netted two Manly errors in the opening two minutes, while Matt Burton’s kicks terrorized the Sea Eagles back three through the air.

Matt Dufty kicked out a try for Braidon Burns on a night they were forced to play 16 men mostly with Jack Hetherington out with a shoulder injury.

And after holding on for the first 30 minutes of the second half at 10-8, they managed to equalize with 10 minutes remaining via a goal from the penalty spot.

But ultimately, Cherry-Evans’ experience and cool head showed as he scored the basket after Burton gave possession of the field when he kicked off.

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