|Match Date||3rd Jul, 2021|
Another Tom Trbojevic masterclass has lead the Sea Eagles to a record 66-0 win to cap a horror week for the Bulldogs.
Here are the key takeaways from the match.
Cooper Cronk believes Tom Trbojevic is in the midst of the best run of form the game has ever seen after another masterclass against the Bulldogs.
Manly beat their previous biggest ever win, which was 63-0 against the Eels in 1973 in the 11 tries to zero rout.
Trbojevic picked up where he left off in Origin to give the Bulldogs nightmares at Bankwest Stadium.
“I don’t think we have seen a player in the history of our game put together performances like this back-to-back,” Cronk said.
“He has scored 10 tries in the last three and a half games, including his Origin performances.
“That includes three hat-tricks. He is out of this world at the moment.
“You give Trbojevic and Saab some room and you are not going to catch them and you won’t stop them.”
Matt Russell revealed the 36-0 halftime score line was the most Manly have scored in a half in seven years.
“That is the most first half points Manly have scored since 2014 against Canberra,” Russell said.
Michael Ennis lauded the impact that Trbojevic’s confidence is having on his teammates.
“The skill level and the confidence with which Tom Trbojevic is playing with at the moment and the class of DCE, they can’t handle them,” Ennis said.
Trbojevic finished with 157 metres, a tackle bust, three linebreak assists, two try assist and three tries in a superb showing.
Trbojevic also left a couple of try assists and a try or two out there, so it could have been much worse for the Bulldogs.
The depleted Bulldogs were out of their depth from start to finish against an in form Manly side, but with three debutants following the Covid scandal that engulfed the club it was always going to be tough.
Matt Russell revealed the Bulldogs conceded the most first half points by the club in 31 years.
“It is the most points Canterbury has conceded in a first half in the Origin era since 1980 onwards,” Russell said.
However Ennis believes their defensive plan to counter Trbojevic backfired spectacularly.
“I feel sorry for them,” Ennis said.
“I think they came with a plan to try and jam and try and shut down DCE and Tom and take away their time.
“But they have simply been outclassed.
“Their edges were trying to do what they had practised by the looks of things, but it is not working.
“We came to expect that given the form Manly have been in but not this easy.“They have pulled apart the Dogs’ edges with ease and they have gone through the front door a number of times.
“The jamming defence of the Bulldogs means they have been caught on the outside too easily.”
Greg Alexander was disappointed with the effort of the Bulldogs after they made big strides in the last month, but believes they deserve to be cut some slack.
“The good month that we had spoken about recently where they gave the Panthers and Eels a run for their money for at least 40 or 50 minutes,” Alexander said.
“Trent Barrett couldn’t be happy with his team because they had made good progress.
“They had a win and went down to two good teams, but they have been in the fight.
“Today they are not in the fight.
“But can we cut them some slack because they have had a wretched week.
“They are sitting on two wins and with all the players that are out did we expect much more today?”
However Cooper Cronk believes Trent Barrett wouldn’t have been happy with his side’s intensity and application.
“Trent Barrett would have been blowing up deluxe at halftime,” Cronk said.
“It is not usually something you associate with the Bulldogs is their effort and intensity in defence.
“One, they are not stopping the run with their intent and shoulders and secondly their shortened line and inexperienced wingers are making bad, bad decisions.”
Queensland skipper Daly Cherry-Evans copped his fair share of criticism after the Maroons lost game two 26-0 to hand the Origin series to the Blues.
However the Manly captain was back to his best with a brilliant showing against the Bulldogs at Bankwest Stadium.
Tom Trbojevic was also brilliant, but Michael Ennis and Cooper Cronk believe Cherry-Evans’ long passing game was critical in giving the Sea Eagles’ outside backs the room to run riot.
“The highlight of the first half was DCE’s long passing,” Cronk said.
“36-0 and DCE and Tommy Turbo running riot,” Ennis said at halftime.
“The support back through the middle as you would expect from the class of DCE and Tommy has just been too hard to handle.”
Cherry-Evans finished with 40 run metres, two tackle busts, two offloads, four linebreak assists and two try assists.Fox Sports - Mark St John
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