The St George Illawarra Dragons have extended Manly’s horror run in Wollongong with an eight-point victory.
The Sea Eagles have not won at WIN Stadium since 2003 and they had no luck on Saturday.
In a grinding, low-scoring encounter, the Dragons did enough to secure the two points. The home team took a 10-0 lead into half-time thanks to some penalties and a Jason Nightengale try.
In the second period Manly suffered a series of injuries that robbed them of some of their best players. Jamie Lyon was forced off, along with Josh Starling, Feleti Mateo and then towards the end of the match Daly Cherry-Evans was also replaced.
It was a disappointing night for the Sea Eagles and further compounded by all the injuries.
Manly finally made some headway in the match in the second half when Brayden Wiliame got his fourth NRL try. The centre swooped on a grubber and did well to plant the ball before it went dead.
That gave the Sea Eagles some hope, although Cherry-Evans missed the conversion.
Wiliame was involved again in a key moment late, when he knocked on before a try. He dropped Liam Foran’s pass, which went to Cheyse Blair, who passed back to him to score.
But the video referee correctly ruled there was a knock on in the lead up to the try and Manly were finished.