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Hapless Eels sunk by mighty Manly

It was billed as back to the 80s night at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday night - but memories of Peter Sterling, Brett Kenny and co were in short supply as the hapless Eels slumped to their 10th successive NRL defeat against Manly.
Hapless Eels sunk by mighty Manly
by AAP

By Ian McCullough

SYDNEY, Aug 3 AAP - It was billed as back to the 80s night at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday night - but memories of Peter Sterling, Brett Kenny and co were in short supply as the hapless Eels slumped to their 10th successive NRL defeat against Manly.

Less than a month after chalking up a 50-10 win over Ricky Stuart's side at Brookvale Oval the Sea Eagles romped to a 40-6 win in front of a crowd of 11,232.

The losing streak is the Eels' worst since 1995 and with visits to Brisbane, Newcastle and Melbourne in their last four matches to come - their long-suffering supporters could well be waiting until next year to see their team win a game.

Stuart's side started well and looked the more likely to score in the opening exchanges but seven errors in the opening 20 minutes summed up the story of their season.

Flying winger Semi Radradra went close to scoring after being put clear by a bullet of a pass from Eels halfback Ben Roberts following a strong run from Fuifui Moimoi only to be tackled into touch by Jorge Taufua.

But moments later Roberts undid that good work with a woeful crossfield kick that was picked off by Steve Matai, who released former Eel Taufua to run 90 metres and open the scoring.

The hosts should have been awarded a try of their own but Ryan Morgan's effort was ruled out after referee Phil Haines claimed he couldn't play an advantage after Matt Keating had been impeded by Anthony Watmough when playing the ball.

After butchering the subsequent tap penalty the Sea Eagles regained possession, marched down the field and David Williams scored.

The visitors then stretched their lead on the stroke of halftime when Justin Horo, who was released by the Eels last year with a year left on his contract - fought his way to the line for his fifth try in the last four games.

Manly tightened their control after the restart and the impressive Daly Cherry-Evans danced his way to the line to end the game as a contest before Brett Stewart and Williams crossed.

With halves pairing Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran dominating, the Sea Eagles continued to surge forward and Taufua and Williams doubled their totals for the night with Lyon kicking his side past the 40 mark.

A Darcy Lussick bellringer on Brenton Lawrence gave the home fans something to cheer and a deserved try for the promising but raw Radradra was a late consolation.


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