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Trbojevic stars in Manly's rout of Souths

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/04/2017 Steve Zemek

Tom Trbojevic of the Sea Eagles looks for support during the NRL match with the South Sydney Rabbitohs. © Mark Kolbe/Getty Images Tom Trbojevic of the Sea Eagles looks for support during the NRL match with the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Masterclasses from Tom Trbojevic and Dylan Walker have led Manly to a 46-8 rout of South Sydney at Allianz Stadium on Friday night.

The game was as good as over at halftime after Trent Barrett's side raced out to a 30-2 lead as Trbojevic ran riot and Walker continued his devastating form.

Trbojevic had a hand in four of his side's six first-half four-pointers while Walker terrorised the Rabbitohs down the right edge and sent Akuila Uate over for four tries.

Michael Maguire's side have now lost five of their past six with many of the 10,594-strong crowd leaving in disappointment before fulltime.

Akuila Uate of the Sea Eagles, (centre), celebrates with team mates. © AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts Akuila Uate of the Sea Eagles, (centre), celebrates with team mates. Manly had heroes all over the park with Uate collecting four tries against Souths for the second time in his career - the first was for Newcastle in round 26, 2011.

The Sea Eagles took the game away from Souths with four tries in the final 13 minutes of the first half with Trbojevic the main destroyer, in a performance that would have made NSW State of Origin selectors and Blues coach Laurie Daley sit up and take notice.

The fullback finished the game with 209 metres, a linebreaks and three linebreak assists.

Trbojevic opened up the Rabbitohs defence on the left to send Jorge Taufua over in the 27th minute and then took a Daly Cherry-Evans bomb in the lead up to Uate's first of the night.

Six minutes later he put Walker through a hole for Uate's second and then put the cherry on the cake of a stellar 40 minutes by sending brother Jake over from close range.

Martin Taupau of the Sea Eagles looks to offload as he is tackled by Damien Cook of the Rabbitohs. © AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts Martin Taupau of the Sea Eagles looks to offload as he is tackled by Damien Cook of the Rabbitohs. It was an outstanding showing from 20-year-old Trbojevic that should put him right in the mix for a Blues debut.

Souths had the ball just three times in the final 29 minutes of the first half as they were made to make 175 tackles to Manly's 79 in the first 40.

The Rabbitohs finally got over for their first and only try in the 50th minute through Hymel Hunt.

However, Manly soon resumed the rout with Walker sending Uate over in the 59th and 69th minutes before Trbojevic split open the defence in the middle of the field for Blake Green to score.

Thomas Burgess of the Rabbitohs is tackled by Martin Taupau, (left), and Jake Trbojevic of the Sea Eagles © AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts Thomas Burgess of the Rabbitohs is tackled by Martin Taupau, (left), and Jake Trbojevic of the Sea Eagles
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