Bulldogs vs Manly Sea Eagles, live updates, live stream, teams, start time, SuperCoach scores, video

LIVE: The Bulldogs and Sea Eagles may be well out of the Finals, but there’s still plenty to play for in their final game of the season.

It’s been a disappointing season for both clubs and they will want to end the year on a high after falling short of expectations – and for the Sea Eagles in particular, this is Kieran Foran’s last game for the Manly club.

The rain came just at the right time at kick-off, with a southerly wind making conditions difficult at the Accor stadium. As the downpour quickly worsened, Warren Smith, in a commentary for Fox League, called it a “monsoon”. Steve Roach said: “They look like drowned rats!”

Despite the conditions, Manly started in sensational fashion, scoring three unanswered tries as captain Daly Cherry-Evans pulled the strings, before Canterbury came back to level the scores after half-time.

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HOW IT HAPPENED

Fifth minute: Manly opened the scoring when Dylan Walker put Toafofoa Sipley through a massive hole in the Canterbury line, with plenty of Sea Eagles in support. Sipley tracked down Walker, who handed him over to Cherry-Evans to score under the posts and convert his own try.

13th minute: Manly made two in quick succession on the back of a repeated set, with Cherry-Evans floating the ball to Christian Tuipulotu, the wide man found in an acre of space and diving through virtually untouched.

“Daly Cherry-Evans has been in everything so far,” Steve Roach said. “His involvement has been exceptional.”

18th minute: Marty Taupau popped up close to punish the Bulldogs for giving repeated sets time and time again – with Manly enjoying eight sets in a row.

Smith said, “(Taupau is) unsigned beyond the end of this season. Make a statement maybe, someone who can still be a factor in 2023.”

“It’s one-way traffic,” Smith added of Manly’s momentum.

The Bulldogs almost fought back when Addo-Carr put the ball inside the corner post, but his foot had slipped into touch.

Shortly after, Sea Eagles debutant James Roumanos was flagged for a high shot on Jeremy Marshall-King, which was taken off for an HIA – which he later hit.

29th minute: The Bulldogs finally converted their growing momentum into points. In his 100th game in the NRL, Raymond Faitala-Mariner brilliantly unloaded near the line and Kyle Flanagan made a quick catch to Braidon Burns to ground the ball on the touchline, his fourth try of the season .

37th minute: Zach Dockar-Clay, 27, came off the dummy with a delicious step to dive through the defense on the line, scoring the first try of his NRL career.

“They did well to come back,” Roach said. Burton converted again to make it 16-12.

Martin Taupau went 16-0 for the Sea Eagles before the Dogs came back strong.Source: Getty Images

48th minute: Following two penalties, young fullback Manly Kaeo Weekes slid into the corner, only to have the bunker ruled him out for a punch.

49th minute: Aaron Schoupp intercepted a pass from Kieran Foran 20 yards from the Bulldogs line and ran the full length of the field. Josh Addo-Carr interfered to hold off the Manly fighters as Schoupp passed around the corner untouched.

OVERVIEW

The Bulldogs enjoyed a late-season surge under interim coach Mick Potter but have fallen back into bad habits, while Manly’s injury record appears to continue to worsen.

It will be an important game for Manly veteran Martin Taupau, who has just finished his contract and is still without a contract for next season, while the Sea Eagles bid farewell to Kieran Foran, who will join the Titans next season.

This is Jeremy Marshall-King’s 100th NRL game and also his last game for the Dogs before he joined the Dolphins. The club is also celebrating Raymond Faitala-Mariner’s 100th NRL game and Josh Addo-Carr’s 150th game.

In team news, Bulldogs star Tevita Pangai Junior returns after an impressive response to being dropped at the NSW Cup last week, while Corey Waddell returns from eye suspension.

For Manly, Brad Parker is out with a hamstring injury, with Ben Trbojevic replacing him in crosses. James Roumanos has joined the bench to make his NRL debut, while youngster Kaeo Weekes will play at fullback, allowing Tolu Koula to return to centre.

TEAMS

Bulldogs: 1. Jake Averillo 2. Jacob Kiraz 3. Aaron Schoupp 4. Braidon Burns 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Max King 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Corey Waddell 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Josh Jackson 14. Zach Dockar-Clay 15. Joe Stimson 16. Chris Patolo 17. Tevita Pangai Junior. Substitute player: 19. Declan Casey

Sea eagles: 1. Kaeo Weekes 2. Ray Tuaimalo-Vaega 14. Ben Trbojevic 4. Tolutau Koula 5. Christian Tuipulotu 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Toafofoa Sipley 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Andrew Davey 13. Dylan Walker 15. Josh Schuster 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Kurt De Luis 18. James Roumanos. Substitute player: 19. Zac Fulton

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