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Jake Arthur turns jeers to cheers as Parramatta Eels overpower Manly Sea Eagles

“I don’t assume I’ve seen a younger participant work so exhausting on his recreation, he simply needs it so badly,” Johns stated on the 9 protection. “He was completely smashed on social media … he got here into this recreation beneath strain, his dad is the coach, however he has actually stood up within the absence of Mitchell Moses. I’m actually completely satisfied for the younger man.”

If Arthur – and Brad – felt vindicated by the 36-20 win, skipper Clint Gutherson was the Eel who stole the present.

The person who grew up in Manly and nonetheless calls the northern seashores dwelling scored a long-range try to arrange one other three. What Gutherson lacks in sheer class he makes up for in enthusiasm and energy.

His competitiveness is an efficient sufficient motive alone to offer the blue and golds some hope when September rolls round. The one knock on his recreation on Friday evening was his missed conversion makes an attempt, in addition to a stinker of a field-goal try proper on full-time when many of the locals had already cleared out of 4 Pines Park.

Manly wanted a victory to maintain their finals hopes alive. They’ll end the weekend at the least 4 factors adrift of the highest eight. They’ll want the identical divine intervention that each one however derailed their season eight days earlier.


They had been pumped to placed on a efficiency, with 5 of the seven gamers who boycotted final week’s recreation over the rainbow jersey again in motion.

They did nicely to hit the entrance halfway by means of the primary half after being starved of possession, and located loads of pleasure down the left edge by means of Kieran Foran and Jason Saab. However they may not maintain out their western Sydney rivals who needed it extra.

To makes issues worse, Foran failed to complete the sport with an injured hamstring. The No.6 has been one of many Sea Eagles’ finest this yr, and can begrudgingly depart at season’s finish for the Gold Coast who await Manly subsequent weekend. The Eels will host South Sydney in what can be one other stable hitout.

Bunker official Grant Atkins was stored busy within the second half, however nailed three tight calls.

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