Uate and Walker run riot in big Manly win
A first-half attacking masterclass has propelled Manly to a crushing 46-8 win over South Sydney to maintain their perfect record away from home in 2017.
The Sea Eagles ran in five unanswered tries in the opening stanza and dominated all the key stats with 550 more running metres, eight extra offloads and 99 fewer tackles than their opponents.
Manly's right edge had a field day with Akuila Uate grabbing four tries in the rout while Dylan Walker did his State of Origin hopes no harm with a stunning performance at centre that included four try assists and a bulk of tackle breaks.
It took just four minutes for the Rabbitohs to open the scoring with Adam Reynolds knocking over a penalty goal from directly in front after Brenton Lawrence was adjudged to have held on too long in a tackle.
The burly Sea Eagles prop got his revenge eight minutes later with a big fend on Reynolds leading to the first try of the contest after Daly Cherry-Evans had swung momentum Manly's way with a 40/20.
Blake Green kept the pressure on with three forced dropouts in quick succession before his halves partner stepped up to set up Curtis Sironen with an angled grubber.
Manly's hot start continued in the 26th minute when Brian Kelly burst into the backfield and linked up with Jorge Taufua to send the Tongan representative over to give his side a commanding 16-2 lead.
Everything the Sea Eagles touched turned to gold in the first half and that continued from the very next set when Tom Trbojevic reeled in a bomb and kept the ball alive before Akuila Uate crashed over in the right corner to complete the breathtaking team try.
The Fijian flyer soon had a double when Trbojevic put Walker into space before the in-form centre drew in the defence and offloaded to his winger before the Trbojevic brothers combined to complete a near-faultless 40 minutes for the visitors.
Robert Jennings somehow butchered a try two minutes into the second half when he lost the ball over the line, but Bunnies fans didn't have to wait long for a reason to celebrate when Hymel Hunt wrestled his way over for a four-pointer.
Souths' joy was short-lived as Walker somehow managed to flick an offload in heavy traffic to set up Uate for his first hat-trick since 2014 before the pair combined again 11 minutes from the end to send the winger over for his fourth of the evening.
There was still time for the Sea Eagles to do more damage and they obliged with Blake Green touching down after a big break down the middle by Tom Trbojevic.
Sea Eagles 46 (Akuila Uate 4, Brenton Lawrence, Curtis Sironen, Jorge Taufua, Jake Trbojevic, Blake Green tries; Dylan Walker 3, Jackson Hastings 2 goals) def. Rabbitohs 8 (Hymel Hunt try; Adam Reynolds 2 goals) at Allianz Stadium. Half-time: 30-2. Crowd: 10,594.