Eagles thrash Souths
By www.news.com.au 24/4/2005
has won its eighth straight match at Brookvale Oval in
style, thumping South Sydney 48-14 in their NRL clash
The Sea Eagles are well behind their record of 20
consecutive wins at "Brookie" set from 1967-70.
But Manly (5-1 record) will take plenty of heart from its
nine-tries-to-three effort that locked up back-to-back
wins and kept it at the pointy end of the NRL ladder
after seven rounds.
It was an impressive effort by Manly without its
representative backrower Ben Kennedy, who was rested
today following Australia's Test win over New Zealand at
Brisbane last Friday night.
The Eagles were also encouraged by the 18,331-strong
crowd who packed Brookvale Oval today.
It was well above its season average crowd of 15,521
its second best ever.
No wonder the Eagles are packing them in Manly was
impressive today as it condemned Souths to their second
And it was hardly a happy "homecoming" for Ben
Walker who marked his first NRL game in two years against
his old club Manly today.
After signing with Souths mid-week, Walker was slotted
straight into first grade by coach Shaun McRae to replace
injured pivot John Sutton (sternum) but all to no
Walker last played in the NRL for Manly in 2003 before
leaving for England and suffering what was thought to be
a career-ending knee injury.
After leading 26-4 at halftime, Manly was ruthless as it
piled on another four tries including backrower Steve
Menzies' 152nd of his career, placing him on equal fourth
with Harold Horder on the all-time list.
Manly held a whopping 26-4 halftime lead after pouring on
five tries to one.
The Manly faithful had hardly taken their seats when
centre Stephen Matai crossed in the second minute after
Souths fullback Roy Bell coughed up the ball.
From there it was one-way traffic as winger Scott Donald
(6th), hooker Luke Williamson (16th), forward Brent Kite
(34th) and centre Paul Stephenson (39th) piled on the
The first half monotony was only broken by individual
brilliance from Souths winger Luke MacDougall in the 30th
The Rabbitohs flyer ran off Ashley Harrison down the left
sideline, chipped over two defenders, cut through another
two Manly players and beat Eagles fullback Brett Stewart
to the ball to score.
In another concern for the Rabbitohs, it was revealed
today that Souths skipper Bryan Fletcher met with Salford
Reds football manager Steve Simms last Thursday.
48: (Tries: Matai, Donald, Williamson, Kite,
Stephenson, Menzies, Stewart, Randall, Witt. Goals: Witt
14: (Tries: L Macdougall, Rigon, Bell. Goals:
Referee: T Mander