Manly beat high-flying Roosters
Manly Sea Eagles came from behind to down the high-flying Sydney Roosters 36-18 at Lottoland.
The Sea Eagles conceded three tries in a row in a 12-minute first-half burst. But they stormed back with four unanswered tries after the break, picking up an important win after losing three of their previous four matches.
The home side's defensive frailties were exposed when the Roosters' left edge ran riot for a spell before interval, before they scored the final 32 points of the game to move within a win of third-placed Brisbane.
Fullback Tom Trbojevic shone with two tries for the Sea Eagles as the Tricolours' hopes of finishing the season on top of the ladder received a massive blow.
They will need to beat leaders Melbourne next Saturday to keep alive their chances of claiming the minor premiership.
The Sea Eagles will be taking on the Storm without winger Daniel Tupou, who suffered a groin injury 15 minutes from time, but co-captains Jake Friend and Boyd Cordner are set to return.
Manly started well, Matt Wright diving over in the left corner for the first try of the afternoon. But the visitors then took control, firstly seeing Tupou go over untouched after taking a pass from Victor Radley out of dummy-half.
Latrell Mitchell dispossessed Daly Cherry-Evans to score a soft try next to the posts, and then Luke Keary went over from Tupou's pass to make it 18-4.
Manly cut the gap before the interval when back-rower Frank Winterstein burst through a couple of tackles and Tom Trbojevic scored a try.
The same player added another try seven minutes after the break, bursting through a gaping hole to reduce the arrears to two points.
They took the lead when Lewis Brown burrowed through several defenders to grab their fourth try of the match.
The Sea Eagles pulled further ahead 11 minutes from full-time when Brad Parker scored a try and then Cherry-Evans iced the game with a late penalty goal and a try of his own.
Manly are 1.44 to win their next game against Wests Tigers, who are 2.90 to emerge victorious. The Sea Eagles are 1.90 conceding a six-point start.
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