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Cherry on top as Manly flog Dogs

NZN 25/03/2017 Scott Bailey

Daly Cherry-Evans unleashed an attacking blitzkrieg to propel Manly to their second biggest win ever over Canterbury, flogging the Bulldogs 36-0 at Lottoland.

The whipping boy for Sea Eagles critics after a difficult period for the NRL club, Cherry-Evans set up four tries in a first half that blew the Bulldogs out of the water on Saturday.

It helped end Manly's almost eight-month long drought at Fortress Brookvale, and was Cherry-Evans' best performance in years for the Sea Eagles.

He twice drifted across field before laying on perfect balls for straight runners in the first half, grubbered once for Dylan Walker and combined with Tom Trbojevic for one of the tries of the year so far as they kicked and passed on the run, to make it 26-0 at the break.

"He was outstanding," Manly coach Trent Barrett said.

"He was terrific last week and great again tonight.

"Cherry did it on the back of what his teammates were doing around him - as a half, you can't perform without the platform of the forwards."

Cherry-Evans' halves partner Blake Green also got in on the act, grubbering for Brian Kelly to score one of two first-half tries.

The star halfback then finished his 150th match with a spectacular left-footed kick for winger Akuila Uate.

"One of my most enjoyable days," Cherry-Evans said.

"Obviously there were a lot of things that went right for us when we had the ball but as a captain the proudest thing is walking off with a big zero."

Manly only scored one other try in the second stanza, when Apisai Koroisau ran onto a Addin Fonua-Blake offload in the 47th minute.

The win was Manly's first at Brookvale since last July, and was just two points off equalling their biggest win against the Bulldogs - set in 1954.

Meanwhile ill-discipline cost the Bulldogs bitterly.

Josh Jackson was sin-binned five minutes before halftime for a professional foul, and Manly scored twice in the period.

Moses Mbye was penalised for a shoulder charge on first-half try-scorer Curtis Sironen, and David Klemmer slapped Cherry-Evans late in the match.

"We didn't get into it," Bulldogs coach Des Hasler said.

"We were flat and they out-enthused us right across the park."

They will also come under the eye of NRL officials after Josh Reynolds illegally rejoined the field midway through the first half.

Under NRL rules, Canterbury's No.6 was made to leave the field after he forced the scrum clock to hit zero due to a leg injury.

The laws state that players taken from the field in such a manner can only rejoin at a stoppage of play or when their team regains possession.

However Reynolds sprinted back onto the field just two tackles later with his team in defence.

It mattered little, as Manly scored at the end of the set, but Hasler still expects to hear from the NRL.

"We'll get a breach notice," he said. "It is what it is."

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