Blog log from R3 of 2015: Manly vs Canterbury

Welcome to Friday Night Football. Tonight we are at Brookvale Oval, with the home team Manly Sea Eagles taking on the Canterbury Bulldogs.
It should be a great clash with both teams coming off great wins last week. (Pre-match)
Big news for Manly with captain Jamie Lyon ruled out, replaced by Brayden Willame who comes into the centres. Bulldogs have no changes. Huge loss to Manly tonight. (Pre-match)
Leary has also made way onto the bench for Justin Horo. (Pre-match)
Teams finally coming out onto the ground now. (Pre-match)
Bulldogs kick off and we are underway. (Pre-match)
Good first set for Manly and the Bulldogs just get out of the in goal for their first chance at possession.
Dogs complete and Manly start their set 30m out from their own line. Dogs running into a strong wind. (1H 0:28)
Wiliame knocks on and Bulldogs get a scrum feed 10m out from their own line. (1H 1:31)
Dogs complete and Manly start their set 18m out from their own line. Strong set from the Dogs forwards. (1H 3:19)
Manly complete but DCE’s bomb on the last is pretty poor and Dogs start 20m out from their own line. (1H 3:19)
Mbye kick out on the full and Manly start 20m out from their own line. (1H 4:19)
Josh Jackson smashes Matai with a great shot and Matai drops the ball. Dogs scrum feed 40m out and they are right on the attack. (1H 5:11)
Manly repay the favour on Mbye and he spills it. Burgess picks it up and takes it over the half way. (1H 5:59)
DCE throws a terrible pass with the line right open and Manly bomb a certain try. Dogs then get a penalty and they tap it 20m out from their own line. (1H 7:23)
Lafai kicks it with the Dogs right on the attack and he turns it over to Brett Stewart 10m out from the Manly line. Soft turnover, he had a man unmarked outside him! (1H 8:05)
Buhrer lifted in a horrible looking tackle and Manly get a penalty. On the attack 20m out. (1H 9:13)
REVIEW: Ball rolled into the Dogs in goal and it’s a real scramble. Sent upstairs as no try. (1H 9:49)
NO TRY. 20m restart for the Dogs as Symonds got a touch trying to ground and it goes dead. (1H 11:06)
Lafai and Matai having a great battle in the centres. This game is turning into a real arm wrestle, just as both teams like it! (1H 11:13)
Dogs complete but can’t force a drop out and Manly start their set 10m out from their line (1H 12:40)
Manly complete and Dogs start 25m out from their own line. (1H 12:40)
Jackson knocks on and Manly have a scrum 40m out from their own line. Symonds has moved to the centres as Willame has gone off for a concussion test. (1H 13:04)
Scrappy last play from the Eagles and Morris gets the ball and runs 50 metres. Brought down by an ankle tap! Close call for Manly as the Dogs right on the attack. (1H 13:50)
TRY Bulldogs. Lafai scores down the right hand side after a lovely pass from Jackson close to the line. 4-0 kick to come about 15m from the right upright. (1H 15:41)
Hodkinson misses and it stays 4-0 (1H 16:15)
Rain coming down now at Brookvale (1H 16:15)
Poor play the ball from Tolman and it’s ruled a knock on. Manly scrum feed 25m out from the Dogs line and they are on the attack. (1H 17:54)
REVIEW. Blair goes over in the corner but ref sends it up no try (obstruction). (1H 19:01)
NO TRY. Obstruction ruled and it’s a good call. Manly’s passing out of dummy half that set was horrible (1H 20:44)
Dogs complete and Manly get it back about 25m out from their own line. (1H 20:46)
Willame is back on the field and runs it on the last. Another error from Willame who turns it over softly to the dogs 40m out from their line. (1H 23:13)
Penalty Dogs. They tap it 30m out from the Manly line and are back on the attack. (1H 23:13)
Josh Morris knocks on and Manly escape. Manly scrum 15m out from their own line. Ball must be slippery as both sides can’t hold onto the ball. (1H 23:13)
Manly complete and Dogs start their set 30m out from their own line. (1H 23:13)
Sides swap sets. Manly force a line drop out through a clever DCE grubber. (1H 25:39)
Manly penalty as graham holds down Willame in the play the ball and Manly have another set 10m out. Right on the attack. (1H 26:39)
TRY. Mateo scores for Manly right next to the left hand upright. Big hole opened up after a nice ball from DCE. 4-4 kick to come. (1H 28:43)
Wow. Matai misses and it stays 4-4. Horrible kick from Matai, could have thrown it over. (1H 29:19)
Kasiano regathers of the kick off and Dogs on the attack 10m out from the Manly line. (1H 30:02)
Penalty Dogs. Scrappy last play and a Manly player ruled offside after a kick rebounds of Stewart. Dogs on the attack 10m out. (1H 32:12)
Knock on Kasiano and Manly escape. (1H 32:12)
Manly complete and Dogs start 30m out from their own line. (1H 32:49)
REVIEW. Dogs are in and it has been sent upstairs as a try (1H 34:19)
TRY. Mbye kicks and Stewart and Matai let it bounce. Goes straight to Perrett who sent it back inside to Lafai who scores. Lucky try but Manly shouldn’t have let it bounce. (1H 35:48)
Hodkinson kicks it and it is 10-4 Bulldogs. (1H 36:25)
Dogs complete and Manly start their set about 15m out from their line. Rain getting heavier. (1H 36:42)
Once again a very disorganised last tackle play from the Eagles and Buhrer ends up kicking it to complete the set. Dogs start about 15m out from their line. (1H 39:50)
Dogs complete right on half time. 10-4 Dogs. Both teams in a real arm wrestle in some pretty tough conditions. Dogs will have a significant wind behind them in the 2nd half. (Half Time)
Jackson and Lichaa the Dogs best, with Graham strong as usual. Buhrer the best for the Eagles. (Half Time)
Eagles have been sloppy out of dummy half and haven’t really got their last tackle options going. Will need to turn it around in the 2nd half. (Half Time)
Sides coming back onto the field to start the 2nd half. Manly to kick off. (Half Time)
Penalty Dogs. Symonds gives it away slowing down the play the ball and Dogs on the attack, 40m out from Manly’s line. (2H 40:00)
Dogs complete after a dangerous grubber kick from Kasiano and Manly start 1m out from their own line. (2H 40:32)
Manly complete and Dogs start from half way. Manly kicking into a strong wind. (2H 41:19)
Tony Willams loses the ball in an awkward tackle. Manly scrum 20m out from their line. (2H 43:16)
Manly have looked completely disjointed in attack all night and this set is no different. DCE driven back 5m in a good tackle from Mbye. (2H 43:16)
Manly complete but Dogs again start in good position 35m out from their line. (2H 44:29)
Dogs complete and Manly start 15m out from their own line (2H 44:29)
Referees making both sides go back and play the ball where they were tackled. Manly go back three tackles in a row! (2H 46:23)
Scrappy last play as a kick rebounds of Klemmer and is kicked again into the in goal. Stewart was flying through but Morris is too fast and cleans up at the back. Refs now rule Manly knock on 30m out (2H 46:44)
Refs now make Mbye go back and play the ball in the right spot. Game looking like an under 8’s at the minute. (2H 46:53)
Dogs complete, but Klemmer ruled offside at the kick and Manly get a penalty. Kick takes them 40m out from their own line. (2H 46:53)
REVIEW. Matai has gone over and refs have sent it upstairs no try (held up). Lovely grubber from DCE to set it up. (2H 46:53)
TRY Manly – Great try from Matai. DCE grubbers and Matai runs through, grubbering again. It bounces up into his hands and he runs 10m to score. 10-8 Dogs, kick to come. (2H 49:55)
Wow, DCE has missed it from close proximity and it remains 10-8 Dogs. Tolman as captain is blowing up about the try decision and he has a point, there was no evidence to overturn. (2H 49:55)
Manly mistake and Dogs on the attack, 30m out from the Manly line. (2H 51:30)
Great defence on the last by DCE and Mbye is wrapped up without kicking. Manly then get a penalty coming out of their own 20m. (2H 53:05)
DCE forces a line drop out. Manly’s attack finally looks like it is clicking after a series of quick play the balls and they are looking the more dangerous. (2H 54:53)
Terrible pass again out of dummy half on the last by Ballin and Eagles fail to even kick it. Soft turn over and the Dogs hang in there. (2H 55:49)
Dogs complete and Manly restart 20m out. (2H 56:53)
Manly complete and Dogs start at the 40m. Huge wind advantage for the Dogs. (2H 56:53)
Matai hurt and is in a lot of pain with what looks to be an elbow injury. (2H 57:51)
Matai has gone off in a lot of pain with his right arm and Horo come back on to replace him. Symonds moves back out into the centres. (2H 58:48)
Manly on the attack but Buhrer’s pass goes astray and it’s a Dogs handover 10m out from their own line. Dogs just surviving. (2H 59:20)
Dogs complete and Manly start about 30m out from their own line. Manly then get a penalty from a strip and Manly back on the attack 40m out after the kick for touch. (2H 60:00)
Horo knocks on and Manly blow another good chance. Dogs scrum feed 20m out from their own line. Graham needs to get back out there for the Dogs. They look lost without him. (2H 61:10)
Dogs knock on on their last tackle and Manly get a change over, 20m out from their own line. The wind now looks to have died down a bit. (2H 63:14)
Manly knock on right on half way. Dogs scrum feed. The game now has plenty of errors, first team to settle down and complete their sets will win. Graham coming back for the Dogs. (2H 63:14)
Dogs bomb but kick it to the super reliable Hiku who defuses easily. Manly start 10m out from their line. (2H 65:21)
Manly complete and Morris takes the ball and gets it just outside his own 30m line. (2H 65:21)
Dogs complete and Manly start 20m out from their own line through Blair. (2H 66:15)
DCE knocks it on on the last tackle and Dogs get the turn over 40m out from their own line. Poor error from DCE, no pressure on him when he dropped that ball cold. (2H 67:01)
Manly knock on on the Dogs last tackle with Symonds going for an intercept. Dogs scrum feed 10m out from the Manly line and right on the attack. (2H 69:00)
TRY. Perrett scores in the right hand corner after a great ball from Mbye who cuts out two. Dogs 14-8, kick to come. (2H 69:56)
Great kick from Hodkinson as he slots it from the corner and it’s 16-8 Dogs. Matai somehow comes back onto the field. (2H 71:04)
Dogs let it bounce of the kick off and Manly come up with it 10m out! (2H 71:04)
TRY Manly. Almost exactly the same play as the Dogs try seconds ago as a long cut out pass from DCE hits Hiku who scores in the right hand corner. 16-12 kick to come. (2H 72:42)
DCE just misses to the right and it remains 16-12 Dogs. Six minutes to go! (2H 74:12)
Manly complete. DCE puts up a huge bomb on the last and Brett Morris takes it beautifully under a lot of pressure. Dogs start 25m out from their own line. (2H 74:19)
Dogs complete. Big bomb from Mbye is allowed to bounce but Stewart cleans up and Manly start 20m out from their own line. (2H 76:16)
Ball goes loose after a great DCE bomb but ref rules Manly knocked forward and it is play on Dogs 10m out from their line. (2H 77:15)
Manly through Mateo touch the ball trying to charge it down and the ball goes dead 15m out from the Manly line, Dogs feed. (2H 78:24)
Dogs could finish it here (2H 79:12)
Josh Morris stopped just short of the Manly line and Manly have the ball 1m out with only a couple of plays left. (2H 79:28)
FULL TIME. Dogs win 16 – 12 in a dour affair in tough conditions. Graham, Tolman and Jackson were the best for the Dogs, while Buhrer, Hiku and DCE tried hard for the Eagles. (Full Time)
Matai came back onto the field but looks to be carrying an arm injury, not sure if he will play next week. Thanks for joining us, please check out our Broncos v Cowboys blog for all the action. (Full Time)