Shute Shield: Marlins Maul Beasts With Five Star Show

by Paul Cook - Manly have reversed the form book to bounce back from two heavy defeats in style with a comprehensive 39-20 victory over Eastern Suburbs at Woollahra Oval. Easts came into the game with two successive wins under their belts but the Marlins, having conceded 84pts in their last two games, came out with a point to prove and simply smashed Easts at the breakdown, constructed wave upon wave of destructive phase play and took their opportunities to plunder five tries and a bonus point. Both sides put together some entertaining, attacking rugby and while the tackle contest was simply brutal at times, it was always a launch pad to get some width on the ball and go through the hands. The damage was done in the 1st half and surprisingly, into a blustery wind, as Manly led 22-8 at the break. A Pat Leafa dou
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