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Manly hold out Fifita-inspired Titans

Manly have made it two straight NRL wins with out famous person Tom Trbojevic as they repelled a David Fifita-inspired comeback to beat Gold Coast 26-18 at Brookvale.

After main by 20 factors at halftime, Manly seemed liable to collapsing within the second because the Titans ran in three straight tries.

However a late penalty was sufficient for the Sea Eagles to seal the victory on Saturday night, turning round their poor begin to the 12 months to take a seat comfortably in fifth spot with 4 straight wins.

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And notably they’ve completed it for the previous fortnight with out Trbojevic.

As soon as thought of the toughest man to interchange in rugby league, the Sea Eagles have now received six of their final seven with out Trbojevic courting again to final season.

Reuben Garrick was once more sensible deputising for Trbojevic at fullback, slicing by means of for a attempt of his personal within the first half.

In a priority for coach Des Hasler, Garrick1 appeared to undergo a leg cork damage within the second half however soldiered on.

Kieran Foran additionally bagged a attempt late within the first half when the Titans gave up possession from a kick off, whereas Haumole Olakau’atu was brutal on the fitting edge.

The second-rower bagged Manly’s first attempt when he ran onto a Daly Cherry-Evans grubberkick, and scored one other when he barged his manner over.

The Tongan star may simply have had one other, held up by AJ Brimson and Jamayne Isaako simply two performs earlier than he bagged his second attempt.

He additionally ended the match injured with a leg drawback, battling to stroll from the sector per week out from the Sea Eagles’ massive conflict with high-flying Cronulla.

Whereas Olakau’atu had 121 metres from his 15 runs, the Titans’ largest concern stays getting his reverse quantity Fifita concerned extra.

The Titans’ million-dollar man seemed harmful on each contact, establishing a attempt within the first half when he twice got rid of Brad Parker to place Jamayne Isaako over.

He additionally scored considered one of his personal within the second half, once more bumping off defenders within the type of Christian Tuipulotu and Foran to cost over.

However he solely had 13 possessions, because the Titans went intervals of the match with out discovering their hazard man.

Brian Kelly and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui additionally scored second-half tries to make it a 24-18 sport with 14 minutes to play, giving Gold Coast a real likelihood.

However when Fa’asuamaleaui was discovered to be offside after being caught within the ruck whereas serving to to avoid wasting a attempt with 5 minutes to play, Cherry-Evans was capable of kick Manly clear.

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