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Sea Eagles smash Roosters 56-0

By Todd Balym 07/07/2007 09:25:00 PM Comments (0)

The return of Manly's State of Origin stars ushered in an immediate change of fortune for the Sea Eagles, snapping a two-game losing streak with a record breaking 56-0 thumping of the lowly Sydney Roosters at Brookvale Oval.

With Origin players Steve Bell, Brett Stewart and Brent Kite returning to the side - and internationals Jamie Lyon (hamstring) and Steve Matai (neck) late inclusions from injury - Manly annihilated the Roosters with a 40-point second half to run out comprehensive victors in front of 9,922 fans.

It was Manly's biggest ever win against the Roosters, surpassing the 53-0 drubbing in 1966.

It was also the club's largest winning margin in 2007 ahead of their 32-6 romp of Canberra in round one and the first time they have held the opposition scoreless this year.

The victory puts Manly's season back on track after successive losses to the Bulldogs and St George Illawarra and was the second largest margin this NRL season behind Brisbane's 71-6 win over Newcastle after Origin I.

Halfback Matt Orford completed his hat-trick with a 55m sprint after the siren taking his individual haul to 28 points including eight conversions.

Winger Michael Robertson scored three tries in 13 minutes - in the 60th, 70th and 73rd minutes - while Queensland centre Bell finished the game with two tries.

NSW fullback Brett Stewart scored his 10th try of the season in the 12th minute, as Manly grabbed an early 10-0 lead, and was instrumental in Bell's second before a heavy collision in the 57th minute had him limping on his right leg.

Matai also scored a try in his first game after five weeks out with a serious neck injury, putting on a big left foot step to slice through the Roosters' defence and kick start the second half romp after a lacklustre opening 40 minutes only had Manly leading 16-0.

Lyon made an early return from a hamstring injury which ruled him out of the NSW Origin III side but was the only Manly rep player not to make an impact continuing his run of indifferent form since coming back to the NRL.

The Roosters, who also had representative star Braith Anasta back from a hand injury, had a 15 minute period midway through the first half where they created several chances and attacked the Manly line but the Sea Eagles' miserly defence just simply could not be breached.

It has been a horror six days for the Roosters, Saturday night's shellacking coming off a 38-6 belting from the Bulldogs last Monday.

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