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Match Report - Round 2 2004

Roosters trounce Manly

By www.news.com.au 20/3/2004

A SUPERB first half performance from halfback Brett Finch spearheaded the Sydney Roosters to victory over Manly in the NRL match at Brookvale Oval tonight.

Finch had a hand in four of the five tries scored in the opening half by the Roosters, who skipped to a 28-4 lead at the break on the back of some poor Manly defence.

Stirred by a bumper crowd of 18,674, Manly lifted in the second half.

Sydney winger Todd Byrne ensured an 18 point victory when he scored with two minutes remaining off a Chris Flannery grubber kick.

Roosters prop Jason Cayless scored two first half tries but his dream run ended in the 27th minute when he limped off the field with suspected medial ligament damage, which could sideline him for a month.

Injury-prone teammate Ryan Cross was assisted from the paddock midway through the second half with a leg injury.

Manly's loss left the huge crowd at Brookvale disappointed after their team produced a stirring comeback last week to beat North Queensland in Townsville.

SYDNEY ROOSTERS 42
J Cayless 2 B Fittler C Walker N Catic J Hodges T Byrne tries; C Fitzgibbon 6 C Walker goals bt

MANLY 20
C Hicks 2 P Stephenson S Harris tries; A Walker C Hicks goals

Brookvale Oval.
Referee: S Clarke.
Crowd: 18,674

TEAM:

1 - Andrew WALKER
2 - Scott DONALD
3 - Luke WILLIAMSON
4 - Paul STEPHENSON
5 - Chris HICKS
6 - Jye MULLANE
7 - Michael MONAGHAN
8 - Daniel HECKENBERG
9 - Nathan HOLLINGSWORTH
10- Ian DONNELLY
11- Sam HARRIS
12- Solomon HAUMONO
13- Steve MENZIES

14- John HOPOATE
15- Kylie LEULUAI
16- Anthony WATMOUGH
17- Shane DUNLEY