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Manly secures its top eight spot with a crucial win over North Queensland, after Cronulla and Melbourne enjoyed big wins over Parramatta and the Warriors respectively.
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North Queensland has sensationally been forced to play the final 12 minutes of Saturday’s 22-20 NRL defeat to Manly with just 12 men after running out of interchanges.
Manly star full-back Tom Trbojevic, making his return from a nine-week hamstring injury, looked rusty and his timing was off at times but he still played a crucial role in the victory.
The drama-packed second half was full of controversy, with Manly lock Jack Gosiewski sent to the sin-bin for a professional foul five minutes after Jorge Taufua put the Sea Eagles within striking distance.
Seven minutes later, Manly’s young five-eighth Cade Cust scored off a Cherry-Evans grubber which Morgan couldn’t handle, clinching the result. Sharks continue top four push with win over Eels
Cronulla’s NRL premiership campaign is in full swing after recording a comprehensive 42-22 home win over Parramatta.
Teen sensation Bronson Xerri bagged a brace on Saturday to make it five tries in two games, while co-captain Wade Graham went unscathed in his return from an ACL injury.
Young half-back Kyle Flanagan also scored a try and kicked seven from eight attempts for an individual 18-point haul.
After some early-season adversity with cap breaches and injuries, the Sharks produced one of their best displays of the year to lead 38-6 after an hour.
Maika Sivo, Josh Hoffman and Michael Jennings added some respectability to the scoreline before Aaron Gray iced the Sharks’ victory late.
Cronulla remain in sixth spot but are now equal on 16 points with fourth-placed Canberra and Newcastle ahead of next week’s clash with the Raiders.
Star playmaker Shaun Johnson is expected back for the encounter, while veteran prop Aaron Woods is due not long after that.
Xerri split them apart not long after, and the signs were ominous when Andrew Fifita trampled over Mitch Moses in the 25th minute.
A Sivo try stemmed the tide, but the backbreaker came seconds before halftime when Dugan crashed over despite a knock-on in the build-up.
Any hopes of a comeback were put to bed when Xerri put Sosaia Feki away and then Chad Townsend backed up to score.
Flanagan pounced on a loose offload to cross for the fifth try, but Xerri provided the real highlight when he burned Hoffman for the sixth.