Josh Papalii of the Raiders celebrates his try against Manly.
Josh Papalii of the Raiders celebrates his try against Manly. DEAN LEWINS

Capital punishment for the Sea Eagles

CANBERRA Raiders piled on the misery for the Manly Sea Eagles with a comfortable 30-18 victory at GIO Stadium.

A day after the Organised Crime Squad announced it was investigating allegations of match-fixing in the NRL with two games from last season involving the Sea Eagles, being looked at, Manly would have been hoping for some good news on the field.

But not only did Canbera claim its third straight victory, Manly was hit by injuries to three key players on a cold night in the nation’s capital.

Daly Cherry-Evans was forced off at half-time with an ankle injury, while forward Brenton Lawrence also did not return after the break with a pectoral problem.

Jamie Lyon also limped off after the break with what looked like a hamstring injury and Jamie Buehrer was also forced off with a head injury but did return later in the game.

Cherry-Evans had given the visitors a perfect start with a superb individual try after six minutes but Raiders winger Brenko Lee replied with a four-pointer before Cherry-Evans was hurt in a tackle involving his Queensland teammate Josh Papalii.

He lasted until half-time but could not stop Josh Hodgson giving the home side a 12-6 lead at the break.

The Raiders took advantage of Manly’s injury woes when Englsih back-rower scored four minutes into the second half.

And when Jack Wighton and Papalii scored soon after, it looked grim for the Sea Eagles.

But to their credit, the visitors never gave up and late tries to Matt Parcell and Apisai Koroisau gave them some hope and only a fantastic try-saving tackle from Wighton on Tom Trbojevic in the closing minutes stopped it from being an interesting finish.



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