good for Manly
27 Mar '04
CRONULLA maintained an 18-year hoodoo
over Manly as David Peachey and Brett Kimmorley combined
to sink the Sea Eagles in their bruising NRL clash at
Toyota Park tonight.
The last time Manly downed the Sharks at their Cronulla
home ground was in 1986, when current Sea Eagles coach
Des Hasler and recruitment manager Noel Cleal lined up.
And a masterful display by halfback Kimmorley and
fullback Peachey ensured the streak continued by
combining for 24 points to crush the spirits of Manly
fans yet again.
Kimmorley poured on 16 points and was a constant danger
with the ball while Peachey crossed for two tries to
finally break the Sharks' winning duck for the 2004 NRL
season after two heartbreaking losses.
Manly threatened to crash the party and finally
break their Toyota Park curse when former Wallaby,
fullback Andrew Walker converted his own try in the 67th
minute to cut the deficit to 28-20 after Cronulla led
18-8 at halftime.
But the Sharks held on to mark their 35th anniversary of
home games at Toyota Park in style.
The Sharks hit the ground running in the second half,
with Kimmorley cutting through four would-be defenders to
score near the posts in the 42nd minute but missed with a
shocking conversion attempt.
A minute later the ball went through at least six pairs
of hands before Peachey strolled over near the uprights.
Both sides traded early penalty goals before a clever
back flick pass by prop Jason Stevens put Manly on the
back foot just 10m out and Peachey scythed through near
the posts in the 10th minute.
Just nine minutes later it was 12-2 when Peachey was at
it again, stabbing through a grubber which sat up nicely
for Ryan McGoldrick to score.
After both Stevens and Manly prop Ian Donnelly were
sin-binned for a scuffle, Manly skipper Steve Menzies
showed the way when he latched onto an inside pass from
centre Albert Torrens and suddenly it was 12-8.
A fiery match looked set to explode in the 32nd minute
when Anthony Watmough was placed on report for a high
shot on Sharks winger Hassan Saleh, sparking a shoving
match between players.
But the Sharks faithful of more than 15,500 were in full
voice again just two minutes from the break when
McGoldrick charged down a Chad Randall kick and Kimmorley
ran 80m to touch down.
|CRONULLA SHARKS 28
(D Peachey 2 B Kimmorley 2 R McGoldrick tries; Kimmorley
4 goals) bt
MANLY SEA EAGLES 20 (A
Walker S Menzies C Hicks tries; Walker 4 goals)
at Toyota Park.
Referee: S Hampstead.
1 - Andrew WALKER
2 - Scott DONALD
3 - Albert TORRENS
4 - Paul STEPHENSON
5 - Chris HICKS
6 - Jye MULLANE
7 - Michael MONAGHAN
8 - Daniel HECKENBERG
9 - Chad RANDALL
10- Ian DONNELLY
11- Sam HARRIS
12- Luke WILLIAMSON
13- Steve MENZIES
14- John HOPOATE
16- Anthony WATMOUGH
17- Shane DUNLEY
18 - Kane CLEAL