Grand Final, 2011
The Sea Eagles swooped on the 2012 Telstra Premiership trophy with a 24-10 win in last year’s grand final. Manly led 12-2 at halftime and then 18-2 with 22 minutes to go before Feleti Mateo and Shaun Johnson inspired a stunning Warriors comeback.
Tries to Manu Vatuvei and Elijah Taylor in the 62nd and 69th minutes had Manly fans biting their fingernails before tye soon-to-be-named Churchill Medal winner Glenn Stewart sealed the deal with an assist for skipper Jamie Lyon to score on the stroke of fulltime. Missed tackles told the story – the Warriors missed 30 alone in the first half compared to Manly’s manageable 15.