The Wash-Up: Rd 18 – Manly v Randwick

by Paul Cook - (see match highlights here) ********************** THE WARM-UP: ********************** Home advantage against a team they beat 34-3 at Coogee Oval earlier in the season, appeared to put the Marlins in pole position to confirm a second successive Minor Premiership with victory. But Randwick’s win over Premiers Eastwood the week before, meant the table-toppers were mindful of a vastly improved visiting side, high on confidence and keen to make their own impression on the pointy end of the season, particularly with the fact that a Manly win would ensure a repeat fixture at the Village Green in week one of the finals. ********************** THE BREAKDOWN: ********************** It was a fired-up Randwick that struck first, ill discipline from the hosts piggy-backing their opponents up the park before prop Tristan Goodbody powered over from in close. A Reece Hodge penalty got the Marlins on the board a few minutes later but as they regrouped to take control of possession, t
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