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Match Report - Round 6 2003

Two wins in a row for Manly

Manly 20 Melbourne 14

SCOTT DONALD's try four minutes before fulltime sealed Manly's victory over Melbourne in the NRL clash at Brookvale Oval today.

The game was in the balance until Sea Eagles halfback Jason Ferris slipped a lovely pass to centre Ben MacDougall, who set up Donald for his second try after the former Parramatta flyer had scored in the 17th minute.

Ben Walker added the extras for a 20-14 scoreline which gives the Sea Eagles a huge boost following their upset win over St George Illawarra last weekend in Wollongong.

The Storm led 8-0 after 11 minutes following tries to exciting centre Billy Slater and winger Semi Tadulala before the match swung Manly's way.

Donald took a long cut-out ball from hooker Chad Randall to touch down in the 17th minute and Ferris added a conversion and a 27th minute penalty goal to lock up the scores 8-all at halftime.

Second half tries to Storm fullback Robbie Ross and his opposite number Brendon Reeves again deadlocked the scores at 14-all before Donald touched down to spark celebrations from his team-mates.

(S Donald 2 B Reeves tries; J Ferris 2 B Walker 2 goals) bt

(B Slater S Tadulala R Ross tries; C Smith 1 goal)

at Brookvale Oval.

Referee: T Archer. Crowd: 7588.


Brendon Reeves, Scott Donald, Kevin McGuinness, Ben MacDougall, John Hopoate, Luke Dorn, Jason Ferris, Jason King, Chad Randall, Danny Lima, Tony Jensen, Anthony Watmough, Steve Menzies (c). Interchange: Aaron Cannings, Solomon Haumono, Ben Walker, Luke Williamson, Mark Shipway