The Manly Sea Eagles have persevered through two sin binnings to stun premiership contenders the Parramatta Eels with a 28-6 win, honouring the memory of recently passed rugby league immortal and club legend Bob Fulton.
News of Fulton’s passing rocked the rugby league community on Sunday, and with the Sea Eagles set to wrap up the round against Parramatta at Bankwest Stadium, the stage was set for an epic.
Rising to the occasion, Manly played off the front foot, opening the scoring early in the contest and never looking back as they held off one of the competition’s premiership favourites in a statement win.
Brad Parker claimed scoring honours, bagging a cool double to lead the charge for Des Hasler’s troops, while youngster Josh Schuster again showed his promise with some enterprising plays across the line that left Brad Arthur’s men bamboozled.
“This has been a wonderful performance from Manly,” Eels legend Peter Sterling said in commentary.
“Whatever Parramatta have thrown at them, they’ve thrown it back harder.”
Legendary rugby league commentator Ray Warren described Manly’s performance as a “comprehensive win.”
Manly star Karl Lawton was sent to the bin during a crucial period of the match shortly before half-time. Manly were able to emerge out the other side unscathed, and maintain their pace heading into the second period. Jake Trbojevic was also given his orders for a professional foul deep in the match.
Perennial performer for the Eels Clint Gutherson was the only man in the blue and yellow to cross over the line at Bankwest.
And when Waqa Blake was sent to the bin in the dying stages of the night, Manly were able to ease home with a huge scalp.