NRL 2022, Manly Sea Eagles, Wests Tigers, round 9 match report, match highlights, injuries, key plays, coaches reaction

The Sea Eagles held off a spirited challenge from Wests Tigers to come away with a 36-22 victory in front of a packed house at 4 Pines Park on Saturday afternoon.

Superstar fullback Tom Trbojevic returned from a knee injury after a month out but it was younger brother Ben who stole the limelight with two tries in just his sixth NRL game.

Aftering a heap of early pressure from the home side it was Wests Tigers who looked to have struck the first blow through winger Asu Kepaoa in the 26th minute but the try was disallowed due to obstruction.

Manly then made their way down the field and scored after Daly Cherry-Evans jumped into dummy half and put Ben Trbojevic over in the right corner for the first try of his career.

A huge swing in momentum when Stefano Utoikamanu was sent to the bin in the 33rd minute after consecutive penalties against the Tigers and Reuben Garrick crossed in the next set for Manly to make it 8-0.

Ben scores and the brothers celebrate

The home side had their third try in the shadows of half-time when Christian Tuipulotu took the final pass from Ben Trbojevic to cross in the corner. Garrick’s sideline conversion made it 14-0.

Seven minutes into the second half Cherry-Evans had a try of his own after taking a pass from youngster Tolutau Koula and turning Tigers fullback Starford To’a inside out.

Just when it appeared Manly would run away with the game it was Luke Garner back for the Tigers, outpacing Tom Trbojevic on a 70-meter run to the line after taking a pass from Kepaoa and pinning his ears back.

Garner burns them all to score a long range try

Two minutes later the Tigers looked to have scored again but Tyrone Peachey was ruled to have lost the ball as he attempted to put it down.

Rather than drop their heads the Tigers bounced straight back with Peachey scoring off a Luke Brooks grubber and it was game on at 18-12 but when Josh Aloiai powered over from close range the Sea Eagles had restored their 12-point advantage.

Ben Trbojevic then completed his double in the 61st minute and the Brookvale crowd was in party mode.

With 10 minutes to play the Tigers hit back when Englishman Oliver Gildart produced some fancy footwork to score but Jackson Hastings was unable to convert so Manly had breathing space at 30-16.

Garrick took his personal tally to 16 points when he scored wide out off a pinpoint Kieran Foran pass before Joe Ofahengaue snuck over from dummy half to give the Tigers the last word.

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