Manly slay the Dragons to kick-start flagging season


Dylan Walker and Jorge Taufua each scored twice as Manly Sea Eagles snapped a seven-match losing streak in NRL with a 36-6 rout of St George Illawarra Dragons on Monday.

Manly's winless run has seen them plummet down the NRL ladder and Trent Barrett's men were in need of a big performance at the Brookvale Oval to boost their hopes of reaching the Finals Series.

And the hosts were in the mood to entertain on home turf as Walker scored two of the hosts' four first-half tries, while Taufua scored in each half as part of Manly's seven-try romp.

Captain Jamie Lyon had already kicked Manly into the lead before Nathan Green scored the first try against his former club in the 22nd minute, with the bunker confirming the score was good.

A fine team move then put Walker over for his first score and Taufua was the beneficiary of a stunning Tom Trbojevic offload to stretch the score to 16-0.

Manly were not done in the first half, though, as Walker made an interception and sprinted 95 metres to the opposition line for his second of the match.

The Dragons' defence proved sterner after the break, but a Jamie Buhrer high kick was knocked back to Taufua and he raced over to extend the advantage, ending any hope of a comeback for the visitors.

It got better for Manly when Buhrer made the line break from his own half to sprint away from the Dragons defence and touch down under the posts.

Josh Dugan scored a consolation try for the Dragons in the closing stages, but Manly capped off the win when Daly Cherry-Evans looped a pass for Brayden Wiliame to score in the left corner.