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FLYING HIGH...Wests Tigers winger Delouise Hoeter won this contest in the loss to Manly tonight. Photo: MELBA STUDIOS

Wests Tigers suffered a 28-16 loss to Manly Sea Eagles at Bluetongue Stadium tonight in round 4 of the Holden Cup.

The loss leaves Wests Tigers with two wins from four matches.

Wests Tigers soaked up plenty of early pressure in the opening five minutes inside their own quarter.

Manly opened the scoring in the 18th minute when front-rower Jake Trboevic carried three players over the line to score next to the posts. Centre Clinton Gutherson converted the try for a 6-0 lead.

Wests Tigers had half a chance to score in the 23rd minute when second-rower Salesi Funaki had centre Leva Li on his outside but couldnt offload in a two man tackle on the last.

The Sea Eagles went in for their second try in the 28th minute when second-rower Dylan Kelly found some open space on the edge before being lifted in a tackle only to offload to hooker Michael Stig to score out wide. Gutherson converted the try for a 12-0 lead.

Wests Tigers opened the scoring in the 36th minute when five-eighth Curtis Sironen put up a crossfield kick on the last tackle for winger David Nofoaluma to leap high to score. Five-eighth Mania Rudolph failed to convert the try from the sideline for a 12-4 scoreline.

2nd Half

Wests Tigers were denied a try in the 45th minute when the referee ruled a forward pass from Sironen to winger Delouise Hoeter.

Five minutes later, Manly scored a soft try when half-back Sam Short took the line on from close range to beat the tackle of Dallas Graham to score out wide. Gutherson converted for an 18-4 lead after 51 minutes.

Gutherson converted a penalty goal in the 55th minute from in front to give Manly a 20-4 lead.

A powerful 20 metre run by Nofoaluma in the 57th minute saw him pulled down two metres short of the line after beating several defenders. The next play saw hooker Manania Cherrington dart from dummy half only to be held up over the line.

The end of the set saw Wests Tigers put a grubber kick through only for Gutherson to scoop on the ball in-goal before racing the length of the field to score in the left corner despite desperate chases by Brenden Santi and Kurtis Rowe.

Gutherson failed to convert his own try from the sideline for a 24-4 lead after 60 minutes.

It got worse for Wests Tigers two minutes later when a crossfield kick on the last tackle saw the ball bounce in-goal for winger Charlie Taylor to score. Gutherson failed to convert for a 28-4 lead.

Wests Tigers second-rower Salesi Funaki scored under the posts in the 68th minute. Rudolph converted the try for a 28-10 scoreline in favour of Manly after 70 minutes.

Funaki scored his second try in the 77th minute when he produced a nice right step in a 40 metre run to plant the ball down under the posts. Rudolph converted for a 28-16 scoreline.
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