ON THE FLY: Manly fullback Tom Trbojevic gets the ball away against the Tigers.
ON THE FLY: Manly fullback Tom Trbojevic gets the ball away against the Tigers. Cameron Spencer

Tigers rue ref's call after Manly grab momentum

MANLY have returned to the NRL top four after a hard-fought 28-16 win over Wests Tigers.

Tom Trbojevic and Daly Cherry-Evans were instrumental as the Sea Eagles rallied from 16-8 down to overcome a gutsy Tigers outfit who were on the verge of ending a 14-year losing streak at Brookvale before a controversial referee decision swung momentum back to the home side.

With the Tigers leading by eight points with 25 minutes remaining, halfback Luke Brooks was ruled to have knocked on near his own tryline. Replays later showed that Sea Eagles centre Brian Kelly had punched the ball out of Brooks' grasp.

Off the ensuing set, the Sea Eagles scored and then quickly scored another to retake the lead which they held for the remainder of the game.

The day didn't start well for the Tigers, who lost hooker Jacob Liddle just four minutes into the game due to a dislocated shoulder.

A failed intercept attempt from Brooks further added to the Tigers' woes when Cherry-Evans put backrower Shaun Lane over virtually untouched.

In the following set Cherry-Evans produced a 40/20 kick that set up Manly's second try with Matthew Wright scoring in the corner.

The Tigers got on the board late in the first half with Joel Edwards crossing before Esan Marsters latched onto a Brooks kick to score.

The Tigers extended their lead after the break when Brooks scored off his own kick but then the tables turned with Wright scoring his second try before Akuila Uate and Jake Trbojevic crossed before a late Cherry-Evans penalty goal.



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