Wests Tigers will comfortably hold their top-four spot in the Telstra Premiership season following a 38-12 beatdown of Manly before their Lottoland faithful, where Benji Marshall took centre stage once more.
The damage was done in the first half with four tries for the Tigers for a very healthy 26-0 lead. That haul included the first for Benji Marshall this season following his return to the club after five years. To show that was no fluke he scored in the second half as well.
In fact it was the first four-pointer in Tigers colours since June 2013, when he scored in the 22-4 win over Melbourne.
Centre Esan Marsters did his bit to keep the scoreboard ticking over with six conversions and a penalty goal.
At 32-0 in the 50th minute, the Tigers looked like giving the same sort of hiding Manly inflicted on Parramatta (54-0) in round two at the same venue.
The dominance in possession and points-scoring didn’t let up until the 53rd minute, when Joel Thompson swivelled out of a tackle and crossed for the Sea Eagles first try. Winger Brad Parker added a consolation try in the final minutes.
But a pleasing fact for Tigers coach Ivan Cleary is that his players have conceded just 12 points or less in five of their six rounds so far in 2018, while scoring 100 themselves.
The match ended with a penalty try to Jacob Liddle after Daly Cherry-Evans grabbed his shoulder.