Five things we learned from Sea Eagles v Bulldogs

Five things we learned from Sea Eagles v Bulldogs Written by JOE McDONOUGH, March 4, 2016

THE Canterbury Bulldogs were too good for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval tonight, running out winners 28-6. Here are the five things RLW learned:

1. No Klemmer? No worries.
With David Klemmer suspended the Doggies knew they were going to be without some serious firepower up front. Fortunately for Canterbury, they could still rely on go-forward from almost an endless list of destructive big men. Graham, Tolman, Kasiano, Jackson, Williams and Eastwood muscled the Manly pack out of the game.
It’s a sobering thought for Panthers fans, that they can add the Origin prop to that list in Round 2.

2. The Prince of Brookvale was sorely missed.
There is no denying Tom Trbojevic is a superstar in the making, he looked dangerous when he got the ball in open play and even made a brilliant try saving tackle. What he lacked was the clinical finishing of the Sea Eagles veteran number one. Another full year under Stewart’s wing (pardon the pun) and its exciting to think how good Tom could get. But for now, they need their brilliant custodian back on deck as soon as possible.

3. Manly’s halves just looked awkward.
They said it was going to take time for the pair to gel and Manly fans will be hoping they’re right, because for the most part it was disjointed and ugly. With Walker coming from the centres and DCE having been stuck to one side of the field the past few years, neither were going to find it easy under this new ‘roaming Cherry’ regime but we all thought it would’ve been smoother than it was tonight.

4. Taupau will get better.
He didn’t get a huge opportunity to unleash his full arsenal tonight but still looked the most likely for Manly in a one-sided affair. He lined up James Graham a few times, and certainly didn’t shirk his task. As his match fitness picks up and the team’s structure improves, he’ll be the weapon he was last year in the orange and black.

5. There’s life after Hodkinson.
With Trent’s departure to the Knights there were serious question marks as to whether they’d have that natural leader to guide them around the park. Well Moses Mbye did his best to put those fears to bed with a classy and controlled performance. With him directing traffic, Josh Reynolds could play his natural attacking game. The pair will only get better too, without Hodkinson in the mix.

Bulldogs 28 (Perrett, Hopoate, Kasiano, Morris, Rona tries; Mbye 3 goals) beat Sea Eagles 6 (Taufua try; Lyon 1 goal)

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