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Match Report - Round 1 2006


Brookvale Oval Saturday 11/03/2006, 7:30

Referee: Shayne Hayne | Crowd: 17,135

1. Brett Stewart 1     4
2. Paul Stephenson        
3. Steve Bell 2     8
4. Steve Matai        
5. Chris Hicks        
6. Michael Monaghan        
7. Matt Orford   1   2
8. Jason King        
9. Shayne Dunley        
10. Brent Kite        
11. Steve Menzies        
12. Anthony Watmough        
13. Ben Kennedy (c)        
14. Travis Burns        
15. Luke Williamson        
16. Kylie Leuluai        
17. Mark Bryant        


Blog Entry

Round 1: With new signings Matt Orford and Steve Bell and a fully fit team Manly (at a $1.24 on Sportsbet) were expected to thrash a depleted Raiders side at Brookvale in round one. The big crowd of more than 17,000 at "Fortress Brookvale" was shocked as the raiders scored 4 tries to 3 to win 27-14. "Ball control, ruck defence, attitude, structure and mistakes were the facets Manly players claimed badly let them down" (Dean Ritchie, Fox Sports). Fox Sports reported that Matt Orford rated both his and the team's performance as "pretty average". On a more positive note new signing Steve Bell scored two tries in his debut and there were no apparent injuries from the game. Also, we should get a much better price on Sportsbet against the Cowboys.

After Round 1: Won 0, Drawn 0, Byes 0, Lost 1, For 14, Against 23, Points 0, Position 11th