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Player ratings for the Manly Sea Eagles team for the NRL semi-final against South Sydney.

1. Brendan Elliot: Brave under the high ball early but found out in defending the Cam Murray try. Mix up under a late bomb led to Murray's second, decisive four-pointer too. 6/10 

2. Jorge Taufua: Quiet as a Baptist church mouse in the first half. Rang Ethan Lowe's bell in the second with a screamer; and did it again just to make sure he was truly heard. 6.5

3. Brad Parker: Turned Adam Reynolds into a red-and-green speed bump for Manly's first try and would've had another but for some brilliant goal-line defence. Tripped up James Roberts to cop 10 minutes in the bin and later took him out in the air – two critical brain snaps that undid all his good work. 4 

4. Moses Suli: Broke the game, and John Sutton, right open before halftime with a brilliant run for DCE's try. Dane Gagai copped the same soon after for Suli to grab one for himself. Finished with 12 tackle breaks in the best game of his career to date. 8.5 

Suli beats Gagai one-on-one

5. Reuben Garrick: Played Suli's first run perfectly and made the pass inside look much easier than it was. Not his best night off the tee but otherwise sound. 6.5

 6. Dylan Walker: Twice nailed the short balls to exploit Reynolds in the first half and finished with three line-break assists. 7 

Manly grab the lead with brilliant try to Cherry Evans

7. Daly Cherry-Evans: In everything good – tries, assists, line breaks, 40-20s; and not-so – crusher tackles, rubbish defensive reads on his line, and a cruel shot-clock penalty in the final minute. As usual, even with that last one, the good outweighed the bad in spades. 8.5 

8. Addin Fonua-Blake: Didn't have the pyrotechnics of last week but work rate was superb. Racked up 36 tackles to go with a game-high 173 running metres. 7.5 

9. Api Koroisau: Plenty of defensive work but not his usual spark out of dummy-half. 6 

10. Martin Taupau: Produced a deft offload early and warmed to his task in his second stint. An error and penalty to go with his 150 metres and 37 tackles.  7 

11. Corey Waddell: Had some fun opposite Reynolds as well and got off the nudie run with his first try of 2019. Should've set up another when he went through early after halftime. 7 

Gosiewski pounces on a Cherry-Evans grubber

12. Jack Gosiewski: Angry in defence. Too angry at one point with a critical penalty just as Manly were getting the upper hand. Made up for it with a 57th minute try. 7 

13. Jake Trbojevic: Must've had the same breakfast as Gosiewski, but smart enough to keep it just to brutal hitting. The hardest worker in maroon and white as usual, never clearer than when he was marched for a professional foul late in the piece. 7.5 


14. Manase Fainu: No coincidence Manly's resurgence came when he was brought off the bench. Things just happen around him. 6.5 

Waddell scores his first NRL try on the big stage

15. Haumole Olakau'atu: Only got six minutes to finish it off and couldn't do much. 3 

16. Sean Keppie: In it up to his eyeballs when he was out there – very impressive for a kid still playing just his third NRL game. 6 

17. Lloyd Perrett: Had to wait an hour to get out there but busy in his 11 minutes of action. 4

South Sydney Rabbitohs semi-final player ratings


The views in this article do not necessarily express the opinions of the NRL, ARLC, NRL clubs or state associations.

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