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Post by willow » Sun 25 Jul, 2010 8:05 pm

Lyon magic gets Manly a win
July 25, 2010 - 5:17PM

A 22-point virtuoso performance from skipper Jamie Lyon helped Manly recover from a horrid start to beat Wests Tigers 38-20 in a fiery NRL encounter at Bluetongue Stadium on Sunday.

The Sea Eagles scored six tries to four to move up to fourth, one spot behind the Tigers, in a front of a ground record-equalling capacity crowd of 20,059.

Centre Lyon scored two tries and kicked seven from seven to send the Tigers tumbling to their first defeat in four games.

The Sea Eagles bounced back from an 8-0 deficit and the first half sin-binning of centre Steve Matai.

The Tigers dominated early possession and territory statistics, with a try to lock Chris Heighington and two goals to five-eighth Benji Marshall rewarding them for their early pressure.

Manly piled on 18 points in 12 first-half minutes to take control through converted tries to second rower Shane Rodney, five-eighth Kieran Foran and Lyon.

A feisty affair which had produced a few earlier shoving matches threatened to boil over when Matai was binned five minutes before halftime.

The New Zealand international was put on report for a challenge on Tigers skipper and hooker Robbie Farah near the Wests line.

Matai gave Farah a slap on the back while he was getting treatment, which Heighington took exception to and a brief scuffle between the two resulted in Matai getting binned.

The Tigers got to within six points after halfback Robert Lui juggled and dummied his way over and Marshall converted.

Manly enjoyed a 24-12 halftime lead after winger Michael Robertson threw a miracle pass to keep the ball in play and four passes later lock Glenn Stewart crossed.

Centre Blake Ayshford dummied his way over off a Marshall cut-out pass to get the Tigers within eight.

However Lyon pushed Manly's lead out to 14 after he converted his own spectacular try which came from a great leap following a a cross field bomb by Foran.

Tigers winger Lote Tuqiri, who was hurt trying to defuse a bomb, smashed his way over for his 12th try of the season to reduce the deficit to ten with 20 minutes remaining.

The Sea Eagles secured the points when Trent Hodkinson and forward Brent Kite set up fullback Ben Farrar for a 67th minute try.


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Post by willow » Sun 25 Jul, 2010 8:06 pm

MANLY BEAT WESTS TIGERS 38-20 IN NRL
By Wayne Cousins
25/07/2010 4:52:13 PM

Wests Tigers suffered a 38-20 loss to Manly Sea Eagles at Bluetongue Stadium today in round 20 of the Telstra Premiership.

In front of a big Central Coast crowd of 20,059, the Sea Eagles scored tries to one in a fiery match.

The loss leaves Wests Tigers in third place on 26 points.

Wests Tigers lost full-back Wade McKinnon for the match after he suffered a hamstring injury in the team’s final training run. He was replaced by Daniel Fitzhenry with Andrew Fifita being added to the interchange bench.

Supporters were still finding their seats when a break down the left hand side by centre Chris Lawrence to Lote Tuqiri in the opening minute saw the winger kick the ball through with his left foot only for the ball to go dead.

Five-eighth Benji Marshall was heavily involved in the opening seven minutes, creating some opportunities out wide.

Manly’s first real chance came in the eighth minute when a grubber kick through saw the ball allowed to go dead by Fitzhenry.

Wests Tigers got their first repeat set of six when a great left foot kick from dummy half saw Manly full-back Ben Farrar trapped in goal.
Marshall elected to take a penalty attempt at goal in the 11th minute after

Farah caught prop Josh Perry offside from a dummy half run. Marshall converted the goal for a 2-0 lead.

Manly second-rower Anthony Watmough forced a grubber kick through from Farah dead in the 15th minute.

Referee Shayne Hayne called on video referee Steve Clarke in the 16th minute to rule on a try to lock Chris Heighington from a Farah crossfield kick on the last tackle.It was awarded try on the benefit of the doubt to give Wests Tigers a 6-0 lead. Marshall converted the try for an 8-0 lead.

Manly opened their account in the 19th minute when second-rower Shane Rodney stepped inside Heighington to beat the tackle of prop Bryce Gibbs to score near the posts. Centre and captain Jamie Lyon converted the try for an 8-6 scoreline after 20 minutes.

The Sea Eagles jumped to a 10-8 lead in the 24th minute when centre Steve Matai got on the outside of Blake Ayshford to race 20 metres to offload a pass inside for five-eighth Kieran Foran to score behind the posts. Lyon converted the try for a 12-8 lead.

Lyon stretched the lead to 16-8 when half-back Trent Hodkinson offloaded in a two man tackle by Robert Lui and Chris Lawrence to offload to Lyon to dive over out wide. Lyon converted the try for an 18-8 lead after 31 minutes.

Wests Tigers bombed a tryscoring opportunity when a long cut out pass by Farah to winger Mitch Brown saw the ball go over his head and into touch. Matai was put on report for hitting Farah around the neck after he landed on top of him.

Matai was then sin-binned by Hayne for 10 minutes after he patted Farah before Heighington rushed in to exchange words.

Wests Tigers took advantage of the extra space when Lui juggled the ball before beating the tackle of Rodney to score out wide in the 36th minute. Marshall failed to convert the try for an 18-12 scoreline.

A touch of luck from a Hodkinson kick inside the final minute saw winger Michael Robertson throw a pass back over his head. The ball bounced up for Ben Farrar to grab it from Robbie Farah before the ball was spread right for Glenn Stewart found open space to score. Lyon converted the try to give Manly a 24-12 lead at half-time.

2nd Half
Wests Tigers started the second half perfectly when a great pass by Marshall saw Ayshford dive over in the corner to score in the 48th minute. Marshall failed to convert the try for a 24-16 scoreline.

Lyon scored his second try in the 54th minute when he leapt into the air to take a crossfield kick by Foran to score next to the posts despite an attempted take by Lawrence. Lyon converted his own try for a 30-16 lead.

A cut out pass by Marshall saw the ball float to Tuqiri who used his size and strength to bump off Farrar to place the ball down one hand in the corner to score in the 60th minute. Marshall failed to convert the try from the sideline for a 30-20 scoreline.

Manly stretched their lead to 34-20 in the 67th minute when Farrar scored under the posts from a good offload by prop Brent Kite. Lyon converted the try for a 36-20 scoreline.

Lyon converted a penalty goal from 30 metres in the 72nd minute out after prop John Skandalis was ruled to held down Watmough too long in a tackle. The conversion took the score to 38-20.

Manly winger Michael Robertson was ruled to have gone into touch in a tackle made by winger Mitch Brown in the 77th minute after Robertson raced 37 metres after defusing a chip kick from Foran.

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Post by willow » Sun 25 Jul, 2010 8:07 pm

Sea Eagles towel up Tigers

Updated July 25, 2010 18:46:00


Manly put a dent in Wests Tigers' top-four aspirations and shored up its own finals chances with a comprehensive 38-20 victory at Gosford's Bluetongue Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Sea Eagles put on four converted tries to set up a handy 24-12 advantage at half-time, before tries from Jamie Lyon and Ben Farrar kept the Tigers at bay in the second half.

Wests looked to hit back with tries from Blake Ayshford (48th minute) and Lote Tuqiri (61') getting them back to within 10 points with around a quarter of the match remaining.

But Farrar's 67th-minute effort, converted by Jamie Lyon and Lyon penalty goal six minutes later ensured Manly would post back-to-back victories and rise from eighth to fourth spot on for and against.

Lyon reflected on a well-earned win in his milestone 150th appearance, which he marked with a massive haul of 22 points from two tries, six conversions and a penalty goal.

"It's always good to win against the Tigers, they're a tough team, and it was probably pretty good to watch with a few tries out there," he told ABC Grandstand.

"It was pretty patchy but we'll take a good win out of that and hopefully [we'll get] a few more."

In contrast to Lyon's perfect kicking performance - seven goals from seven attempts - Benji Marshall endured a wayward day with just one conversion to complement tries from Ayshford, Tuqiri, Chris Heighington and Robert Lui, and a penalty goal.

The Sea Eagles bounced back from an 8-0 deficit and the first half sin-binning of centre Steve Matai.

The Tigers dominated early possession and territory statistics, with a try to Heighington and two goals to Marshall rewarding them for their early pressure.

Manly piled on 18 points in 12 first-half minutes to take control through converted tries to second rower Shane Rodney, five-eighth Kieran Foran and Lyon.

A feisty affair which had produced a few earlier shoving matches threatened to boil over when Matai was binned five minutes before half-time.

The New Zealand international was put on report for a challenge on Tigers skipper and hooker Robbie Farah near the Wests line.

Matai gave Farah a slap on the back while he was getting treatment, which Heighington took exception to and a brief scuffle between the two resulted in Matai getting binned.

The Tigers got to within six points after Lui juggled and dummied his way over.

Manly enjoyed a 24-12 half-time lead after winger Michael Robertson threw a miracle pass to keep the ball in play and four passes later lock Glenn Stewart crossed.

Ayshford dummied his way over off a Marshall cut-out pass to get the Tigers within eight.

However Lyon pushed Manly's lead out to 14 after he converted his own spectacular try, which came from a great leap following a a cross field bomb by Foran.

Tuqiri, who was hurt trying to defuse a bomb, smashed his way over for his 12th try of the season to reduce the deficit to 10 with 20 minutes remaining.

The Sea Eagles secured the points when Trent Hodkinson and forward Brent Kite set up full-back Farrar for a 67th-minute try.

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Post by Geo. » Sun 25 Jul, 2010 9:19 pm

Benji bemoans goalkicking slump
By Adrian Warren AAP Sun, 25 Jul 2010 20:37:56

Wests Tigers NRL ace Benji Marshall compared his goalkicking slump to a golfer's performance and says it will be back to the drawing board this week.

Marshall has landed just three out of his last 11 kicks at goal after raising the flags with two of his five attempts in the Tigers' 38-20 loss to Manly at Bluetongue Stadium on Sunday.

"I've done a lot of work during the week on goalkicking and it would be nice if we scored them under the posts," Marshall told reporters.

"But it's one of those things, I suppose it's like a golfer, you are on one day and I've been off the last couple.

"I will go back to the drawing board and do some work again this week."

The Tigers retained third spot despite the loss, while Manly moved up to fourth.

It was the Tigers' first defeat in four games and just their second in their past nine since a 50-10 flogging by Souths.

Coach Tim Sheens was looking for the Tigers to bounce back like they did from their last-up defeat against St George Illawarra.

He pointed out the Tigers still had several players on their injury list.

However, he was hopeful of getting winger Beau Ryan and English international forward Gareth Ellis back next Saturday's clash with lowly Cronulla at Leichhardt Oval.

Captain and hooker Robbie Farah will be checked out on Monday after suffering a head knock in a clash with Manly centre Steve Matai, who was put on report for the tackle.
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Post by willow » Mon 26 Jul, 2010 9:49 am

Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah says he did not take a dive against Manly

* By Barry Toohey
* From: The Daily Telegraph
* July 26, 2010 12:00AM

WESTS Tigers skipper Robbie Farah couldn't remember much about the incident everybody was talking about after yesterday's big loss to Manly.

But he was adamant about one thing - he didn't take a dive.

"No chance," Farah said. "I wouldn't take a dive. He got me pretty good."

Manly were leading 18-8 five minutes before halftime when centre Steve Matai tried to make a smothering tackle on Farah close to the Sea Eagles' line.

Farah's overhead pass had already sailed into touch before Matai made contact with the Tigers skipper. Video replays did not conclusively show where the contact was made.

Farah received medical attention and Matai was put on report.

But it didn't end there.

Convinced Farah had stayed down to milk a penalty, Matai walked up to the Tigers hooker and slapped him on the back. The move only ignited tensions between two sides with a history of bad blood.

Referee Shayne Hayne then sent a fuming Matai to the sin bin.

No one in the Manly camp publicly suggested Farah took a dive but the implication was there.

"There didn't look like there was too much in it," Manly coach Des Hasler said - and his captain Jamie Lyon agreed.

Hasler said he might call Farah as a witness if the match review committee charges Matai today.

Matai did not want to talk after the game but winger Michael Robertson thought Farah's staying down "might have been a bit of gamesmanship".

The Tigers camp saw things differently and Farah later said he was "still a bit crook".

"I wasn't concussed," Farah said. "My head was just shook up. I spewed at halftime. I didn't even know who got me. The boys said it was Matai."

Farah blamed the tackle for his quiet second half in a match where Manly laid their premiership credentials on the table.

While their form has been up and down, the Tigers had won seven of their past eight games.

But with Lyon (who bagged 22 points), five-eighth Kieran Foran, back-rower Anthony Watmough and hooker Matt Ballin playing starring roles, Manly's physical presence was too much.

The Tigers looked good early and had the better of the opening 20 minutes to jump out to an 8-0 lead.

Manly then dominated the rest of the half, scoring three tries in 10 minutes to lead 24-12 at the break.

Another second-half meltdown appeared possible for Manly when Benji Marshall found centre Blake Ayshford with a great cutout pass to reduce the deficit to 26-16 early in the second half.

But Lyon's second try soon after snuffed out a Tigers comeback.


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Post by willow » Mon 26 Jul, 2010 9:50 am

Marshall's kicking game goes cold
July 26, 2010

IT DIDN'T decide the outcome of yesterday's game, but the continued poor kicking of Benji Marshall must be of increasing concern to the Tigers as the finals approach.

Up against Manly at Bluetongue Stadium on the Central Coast, Marshall kicked only two from five, following on from his one from six against the North Queensland Cowboys the weekend before, although the Wests Tigers' try scorers didn't do him any favours.

Going into the weekend's round, Marshall was eighth on the list of the season's top goalkickers, but easily had the poorest percentage of the top 10.

Penrith's Michael Gordon topped the list - kicking 65 from 80 for an 81 per cent success rate - but the best percentage belonged to sixth-placed Manly's Jamie Lyon, who had kicked 47 from 56 at 84 per cent. Yesterday Lyon enjoyed an even better percentage, kicking seven from seven. Marshall, on the other hand, went into the game having kicked 45 from 72 at a successful percentage of 62. The next worst were Jamie Soward of the Dragons (54 from 77) and Isaac Luke of the Rabbitohs (44 from 63) who were both kicking at 70 per cent.

Commentating for Channel Nine, former goalkicker Andrew Johns said Marshall didn't seem to have any rhythm and appeared to be trying to hit the ball too hard.

Marshall has been getting special kicking coaching from former goalkicker and Souths coach Jason Taylor and against the Gold Coast two weeks ago that coaching appeared to be paying off and told the Herald he felt his kicking was ''starting to come good''. Marshall said of his kicking yesterday: ''I suppose it's like a golfer, you're on one day and I've been off the last couple. I'll go back to the drawing board and do some more work this week. It's more disappointing about the game than the kicking.''

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Post by willow » Mon 26 Jul, 2010 9:51 am

At long last, Manly produce complete performance that will have fellow finals contenders nervously looking over their shoulders
PHIL GOULD
July 26, 2010

When assessing the Manly Sea Eagles' credentials as premiership contenders for this season, I suggest you keep two performances in mind.

The first came in round nine this year when Manly defeated St George Illawarra 24-6 at Brookvale Oval. They totally dominated the competition leaders that night with a sustained intensity over the 80 minutes. This performance has been burnt into my brain.

The second came yesterday afternoon in their comprehensive 38-20 victory against the Wests Tigers at Gosford. If we base our opinion on the other matches, Manly have played this year, there is no way to see them winning a title. They have the worst second-half record of any team in the NRL. They have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory on several occasions. Their intensity has been inconsistent and not in keeping with high standards they have set in previous years.

Yet among all this disappointment, the successes over the Dragons and the Tigers suggest they could be the team to beat when the big games come around. In these particular feats, the Sea Eagles have shown many of the qualities needed to make a concerted run at the pointy end of the season. Yesterday's triumph was emphatic. Starved of possession in the early stages, Manly were placed under tremendous defensive pressure by the skilful Tigers. They trailed 8-0 after 16 minutes, but significantly the only try they conceded in this period came from one of those annoying fifth-tackle bombs. Other than this lucky play by the visitors, Manly had proven themselves to be resilient when protecting their goal line.

In the next 64 minutes of the game they outscored their opponents 38-12. That's a thrashing in anyone's language. Once they were able to secure their fair share of the ball, the Sea Eagles had little trouble breaching the Tigers' defence. They quickly produced four first-half tries to lead 24-12 at the break. In the second period there were no signs of their normal second-half lethargy as the Manly players pushed and encouraged each other right to the finish line.

The Manly forwards were impressive. Props Josh Perry, Jason King and Brent Kite had little trouble advancing the ball. They ran roughshod over the Tigers' pack. Back-rowers Anthony Watmough, Glenn Stewart and Shane Rodney capitalised on the dominance of their big men and were a constant menace to the Tigers' defence.

Few teams in the NRL boast a forward pack as effective and versatile as this combination. They have the size and muscle up front to take it to the best of them. Stewart the wily playmaker adds to the creativity of the side. Watmough and Rodney provide the punch on the edges.

Throw in the skill of young halves Trent Hodkinson and Kieran Foran, the experience and attacking instincts of Jamie Lyon, the brute force and power running of Steve Matai and big winger Tony Williams and you have the makings of a dangerous attacking structure.

Yesterday they also played with some attacking smarts. They focused their raids at the suspect defenders in the Tigers' line. Tigers half Robert Lui had plenty of traffic coming his way. He tried hard but it was only a matter of time before his lack of size would be exposed.

Manly were also keen to test the deficiencies in tackling technique of young centre Blake Ayshford. The Cowboys made several line breaks past him last Monday night and this opportunity certainly didn't escape Manly coach Des Hasler. Manly put him to the test with good results.

In the latter stages, the Sea Eagles concentrated their attack down the centre of the field to test the weary legs in the Tigers' forward pack. The final try was a gem after a series of quick-fire inside passes found eager support runners, leaving tired defenders grasping at fresh air. Manly knew what they were doing and the execution of the game plan was brilliant.

Despite their early lead, the Tigers looked out of sorts all afternoon. The occasional spark of brilliance from five-eighth Benji Marshall kept Manly on notice that anything was possible, but even Marshall's unpredictability isn't enough when the rest of the side is so badly beaten.

No, this was Manly's day. It remains to be seen if 2010 will be Manly's year.

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Post by willow » Mon 26 Jul, 2010 9:54 am

Farah hits back at Sea Eagles: 'I'm no diver'
GLENN JACKSON
July 26, 2010

THERE are few worse things you can accuse a player of than being a diver. Which is why Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah, having vomited at half-time following a hit of which he had no recollection, was desperate to set the record straight.

''I wouldn't take a dive,'' Farah said yesterday, after agitated Manly players made that suggestion while he was being treated - the ensuing stoppage resulting in Sea Eagles centre Steve Matai being penalised, placed on report and sin-binned.

''He got me pretty good. I just remember Leedsy [strength and conditioning coach Andrew Leeds] talking to me out there and just telling me to take my time and try and come around. The boys were telling me that a couple of them were having a go at you, but I can't remember. I'm disappointed [by the suggestion] … I don't think I went too well in the second half. You can probably tell by my performance that I wasn't taking a dive.''

Matai was sin-binned after giving Farah a whack on his back after the hooker had been treated. The Manly player had attempted a charge-down on a passing Farah, leaping to stop the ball and raising his arms in the air as he did so, making contact with the Tigers player as he came down.

While no Sea Eagles player or official publicly accused Farah of play-acting, it was clear from their actions on the field that they had doubts about the extent of his injuries.

''It didn't look like there was too much in it, and if it does go to - and I don't think it should - but if it does go to the referees committee, I think we might be calling on the Balmain player to maybe throw in some evidence as well,'' Manly coach Des Hasler said. ''Until it's reported on, we'll keep our fingers crossed.''

Asked whether Farah made more of the hit, Hasler said: ''You'll have to ask Robbie Farah that.''

Farah said he did not even know who had hit him. ''I just got stung,'' he said. ''I don't really remember … I didn't black out. I just got shook up and spaced out. I don't even know who got me. Some of the boys said it was Matai. I can't remember what happened. It just shook me up a bit.''

The contentious moment occurred just before half-time. Farah received treatment for several minutes from Leeds, while Manly protested to referee Shayne Hayne through Matai and captain Jamie Lyon; the latter urging the official to ''look at him''.

Video referee Steve Clark reviewed footage of the incident several times, and eventually called or Matai to be penalised, with Hayne telling Matai: ''It's been reviewed, you've collected him high, it's on report.''

Matai replied: ''Are you serious?'' The Manly player then approached Farah and gave him a sturdy slap on the back. Hayne called Matai back and sent him to the sin bin - probably the first time a pat on the back has led to that result, although former Balmain prop Steve Roach was once reprimanded for patting an official on the head.

Sea Eagles players were adamant the initial hit by Matai was legal.

''I didn't think there was a lot in it,'' winger Michael Robertson said. ''I'm not a ref. It's his call. There might have been a bit of gamesmanship … I didn't think there was a lot in it, but they [the officials] obviously saw something in it, so it was a penalty.''

Tigers doctor Donald Kuah confirmed Farah had suffered concussion. Another team official said when Farah was asked on the field if he wanted to be substituted, given Matai had been reported, the player had no idea what he meant.

''I just felt crook, I had a bit of a spew at half-time, got through the game but I was a bit of a passenger,'' Farah said afterwards.

Tigers players denied their skipper would take a dive. ''No way, mate,'' said Chris Heighington, who gestured towards Matai after his whack on the back. ''He [Farah] is a tough player. He's an 80-minute player. He got hit high, and the refs thought it was a penalty. That's it.''

But he held nothing against Matai. ''It's in the heat of the battle,'' he said.

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