Wed Jul 4, 7:30pm
Manly fielding their weakest line-up of the season, last night ended the jinx of their clashes with South Sydney this year. Manly hung on grimly to defeat Souths 9-11 in their Amco Cup clash at Lang Park, Brisbane. Both sides scored a try in a dour match and goal kickers decided the issue. Manly hooker John Gray won the match with an easy penalty goal 10 minutes from full-time after Souths were penalised for a scrum breach. It was a tight match all the way. At quarter-time it was nil all, at half-time Manly led 2-7 and three-quarter time Manly 9-7. A cowd of about 3,000 saw South Sydney kick off at Lang Park. Manly without seven regular first graders, took a while to settle intotheir rhythm. Souths full-back Erick Fergusen missed with a penalty kick in the second minute. Souths also made further changes to their side when hooker Ken Stewart was a last minute replacement for Arthur Katinis. Manly hooker John Gray missed with his first two penalty attempts to leave the score 0-all at quarter time.. The first points of the game came in the second minute of the second quarter when Gray kicked a penalty goal from in front of the posts after Souths were caught offside. Three minutes later second-rower Bruce Walker was in for the first try of the game. Gray cobverted the try with a good goal to put Manly ahead 0-7. Souths first points of the game came in the eighth minute of the second quarter when Fergusen kicked a wide angled penalty goal. South Sydney lock Trevor Barnes who scored Souths' try midway through the third quarter when he pulled through two tackles after the Rabbitohs won a scrum, won the man of the match award. He finished one point ahead of Manly half Alan Thompson who had a terrific game highlighted by a try saving tackle on Souths prop John Peek.
20 min 0-0 22 min 0-2 25 min 0-7 28 min 2-7 50 min 7-7 60 min 7-9 9-9 70 min 9-11 Barnes try Fergusen 3 from 4 goals Crowd 3,000 Referee D.MacDonald Penalities - Scrums - Final Line Up T G/A FG Flbk - 1 - Fergusen, Eric - 3/4 - Wing - 2 - Swift, Jim - - - Cntr - 3 - Bishop, Glen - - - Cntr - 4 - Berne, John - - - Wing - 5 - Corak, Denis - - - 5/8 - 6 - Laurie, Rocky - - - Half - 7 - Wright, Gary - - - Lock - 8 - Barnes, Trevor 1 - - SRow - 9 - Bampton, Darrell - - - (c) SRow - 10 - Sait, Paul - - - Prop - 11 - Peek, John - - - Hook - 16 - Stewart, Ken - - - Prop - 13 - Tunks, Peter - - - 1 3/4 - Other FG Matches
No one was sent off.
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