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Match Report - Round 13 2003

Late tries seal Manly win 8/6/2003

MANLY scored two late tries to down Wests Tigers in a NRL match laced with controversy at Leichhardt Oval today.

Tries to hooker Chad Randall and second-rower Luke Williamson in the 72nd and 76th minutes respectively ensured Manly grabbed the two points but the Tigers were entitled to be cranky.

Referee Shane Hayne made some shocking decisions, none worse than in the 70th minute when he ruled Tigers prop John Skandalis had knocked on in what appeared to be a legitimate one-on-one strip on Sea Eagles fullback Brendon Reeves.

The Tigers led 30-26 at halftime following halfback Lincoln Withers' second try and, with 14 minutes remaining, would have been pressing for another four-pointer had Hayne made the right call.

Manly ran the ball down the other end of the paddock and scored a converted try to lead 32-30 before Williamson's try finished off an unlucky Tigers, who led 24-6 after the opening 30 minutes.

The Sea Eagles became only the fourth team to win coming off the bye this season. Canberra, Penrith and Sydney were the others.

MANLY SEA EAGLES 38 (B MacDougall J Hopoate D Lima S Donald C Randall L Williamson tries; B Walker 7 goals) bt

WESTS TIGERS 30 (J Wilson 2 L Withers 2 M O'Halloran tries; L Covell 5 goals)

at Leichhardt Oval.

Referee: S Hayne.

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