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Match Report: Round 14 NRL vs Manly Sea Eagles

Wests Tigers have suffered a 30-4 defeat to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in Round 14 of the Telstra Premiership at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

The home side fought valiantly, but were reduced to twelve men and couldn’t overcome a second-half deficit.

Brent Naden looked to have scored the first points of the afternoon but his try was waved away due to a knock-on.

Naden denied a first half try
Naden denied a first half try

Instead, former Wests Tigers prop Josh Aloiai got the scoring underway as he crashed over at the Northern end of the stadium.

Double for Aloiai against former club
Double for Aloiai against former club

Under immense pressure, Brett Kimmorley’s men stood firm in defence and held the potent Manly attack scoreless for the remainder of the first half.

They were soon rewarded for their efforts as Luke Garner latched onto the ball and crossed in the left corner.

The score remained at 6-4 until half-time.

Olakau'atu scoring one of Manly's four second half tries
Olakau'atu scoring one of Manly's four second half tries

After a scoreless start to the second forty, tries to Reuben Garrick and Haumole Olakau’atu pushed Manly’s lead out to twelve points.

Brent Naden then became the first Wests Tigers player to be sent off in twenty years after a dangerous throw on Jake Trbojevic.

Naden sent off midway through second half
Naden sent off midway through second half

The Sea Eagles capitalised on the man-advantage to score two late tries, pushing the margin out to 26 points.

Despite the loss, Joe Ofahengaue and Ken Maumalo each ran for over 140 metres and were among the best performers for the home side.

Earlier in the day, the Wests Tigers Jersey Flegg side defeated Manly 22-20 before the Western Suburbs Magpies piled on 40 points in their high-scoring victory over Blacktown Workers.

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