Cronulla have held off a late comeback from Manly, climbing into the NRL’s prime 4 with a 20-14 win.
Shorn of confidence and fluidity for a lot of the opening hour, Anthony Seibold’s Sea Eagles took the sport all the way down to the wire with late tries to Reuben Garrick and Lachlan Croker.
However Cronulla held agency, condemning Manly to a third-straight defeat forward of an unenviable journey to Canberra.
A victory in entrance of 10,358 followers at Brookvale Oval would have been robust for the Sharks to swallow given how comprehensively that they had handled Manly’s threats.
Sharks halfback Nicho Hynes carried out a wonderful job of marshalling Manly’s Tom Trbojevic, whose type has been consistently scrutinised this season.
Trbojevic warmed as much as the duty on Sunday however nonetheless regarded in need of his greatest.
NSW State of Origin coach Brad Fittler has backed Trbojevic’s type however the celebrity fullback is leaving it late to ensure his choice as a must-pick when the groups for recreation one are introduced subsequent week.
Hynes, in contrast, is making his case for choice all of the extra irresistible by the week.
He regularly kicked Cronulla into good area place in a working battle with Manly and Queensland captain Daly Cherry-Evans.
Cronulla performed like a workforce with some extent to show following their shellacking by the hands of the Dolphins at Magic Spherical.
5 minutes in they usually had Manly behind their posts, after Hynes despatched a rampaging Royce Hunt excessive of Haumole Olakau’atu.
Hynes transformed Hunt’s attempt, added a penalty, then had a serving to hand as Sione Katoa went over within the nook to register his sixth attempt of the season.
Manly, who had misplaced prop Josh Aloiai to a shoulder dislocation, added a penalty on the stroke of halftime by Garrick.
The discount in margin ensured Manly had an avenue again into the sport however Cronulla have been eager to take that away from them.
Sharks backrower Briton Nikora burst down the precise touchline and located a supporting Jesse Ramien on his inside.
The sport regarded nearly as good as over however led by Cherry-Evans and workmanlike prop Taniela Paseka, the Sea Eagles had a slither of hope.
Garrick touched down within the 63rd minute with hooker Lachlan Croker quickly following him over to arrange a grandstand end.
Cherry-Evans kicked a Hail Mary up-and-under because the hooter sounded, however Sharks No. 1 Will Kennedy was in a position to cling onto the ball and a Cronulla victory.
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