The Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles have taken the points in the NYC (under 20s) this evening at Brookvale Oval, bettering the South Sydney side by 26-18 in Round 22 of the Holden Cup.
Four minutes into the first half, Sea Eagles fullback Tom Trbojevic, finished off a great attacking set by the home-side to race in six metres in from touch to make it 4-0.
Mere minutes later, Manly centre Addison Demetriou was causing problems from the Rabbitohs – the centre taking advantage of a Sea Eagles break before powering over the line to score. Hugh Pratt converted to give the Sea Eagles a 10-0 lead.
It took half of the opening stanza for the Rabbitohs to hit back, and it would come through prop—forward, Brock Gray, who powered his way through the Manly defence to open his side’s account. Jordie Hedges converted to narrow the gap to 10-6.
The revival was short-lived though, with Manly replacement winger Mitch Thomas streaking down the side-line to grab the home-side’s third try of the night. Pratt converted to take the score to 16-6 going into the sheds.
On the resumption, the Rabbitohs managed to stem the flow of Manly points for the opening 20 minutes of the second half, before putting more points on the board themselves.
Siosifa Talakai raced through the Manly defence to make it a four-point ball game along with Hedges’ conversion to make it 16-12 with some 20 minutes remaining.
With 13 minutes on the clock, the barn-storming Demetriou picked up his second try of the evening amid a desperate flurry of Rabbitohs defenders. Pratt added the extras to make it 22-12 as time ticked away for the Rabbitohs.
A brilliant inside pass from Trbojevic to winger Jess Bogle yielded yet more points for the home side a couple of sets later to all but put the game beyond doubt at 26-12.
With two minutes on the clock remaining and the Rabbitohs on the attck, an Eli Levido kick into the corner saw a flying Irae Simone pluck the ball out of the air to score before Hedges added the extras to make the final score 26-18.
Sea Eagles 26 (Tom Trbojevic, Addison Demetriou 2, Mitch Thomas, Jess Bogle, tries; Hugh Pratt 3 goals)
Rabbitohs 18 (Brock Gray, Siosifa Talakai, Irae Simone, tries; Jordie Hedges 3 goals)