The Canterbury Bulldogs have edged Sydney rivals the Manly Sea Eagles by four points in a tight encounter at Brookvale Oval.
In a grinding affair, the Bulldogs ran out 16-12 winners despite a late Sea Eagles surge. The home team missed all of its shots at goal, which proved costly.
It was Canterbury’s second win of the season while Manly has now one win from three matches.
Tim Lafai opened the scoring for the visitors, finishing off a top offload from Josh Jackson.
A few minutes later Cheyse Blaire looked to have scored for Manly off a Brett Stewart grubber. But the try was ruled out for obstruction in the lead up.
In the 30th minute Manly got the on the board thanks to Feliti Mateo.
But the Bulldogs pushed back in front just before half-time. Lafai got his second when a bomb caused confusion in Manly’s defence.
In the second half the Sea Eagles cut the lead to just two points when Steve Matai got over the line.
In the final 10 minutes the game kicked into life again. First Sam Perrett scored on the right wing.
Then with just seven minutes left Manly hit back when Peta Hiku touched down. A long Daly Cherry-Evans put the winger in.
The Bulldogs were only four points ahead but the Sea Eagles couldn’t get the final try they needed to tie things up.