The Manly Sea Eagles lead the Warriors 26-0 in their clash at 4 Pines Park in Brookvale.
The Sea Eagles came out of the blocks with four tries in the first half against Toafofoa Sipley, Haumole Olakau’atu, Marty Taupau and Josh Schuster to leave the Warriors reeling.
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Michael Ennis blasted the Warriors for their first-half performance.
“Some moments for the Warriors were excruciating,” Ennis said.
“Taupau had five Warriors defensemen hanging from him.
“Once again they conceded 24 points in one football half. 29 missed tackles.
“It was diabolical from the Warriors. Absolutely disastrous.
“Frustration ended up spilling over to the Warriors. There was almost a stink at halftime because they are so frustrated with their performance.
The Warriors started badly again in the second half, handing Garrick a penalty goal to push the lead past four converted tries.
New five-eighth Josh Schuster went all out himself to score his third try of the season and push Manly’s lead to 24 points.
Marty Taupau accused a controversial tryout after being sent out with a field trial call only for replays to show no clear basis.
However, the benefit of the doubt went to the attacking team and Manly was awarded the try for taking a 20-0 lead.
Bunty Afoa was trashed for professional misconduct after preventing Reuben Garrick from trying to score a try.
The Warriors were pinged for an escort penalty allowing Reuben Garrick to extend Manly’s lead to 14-0 with a kick from the front.
Manly extended their lead when second rower Haumole Olakau’atu carried three defenders to make it 12-0.
The Sea Eagles got off to a perfect start with Toafofoa Sipley charging from close range through a shaky Warriors defense to give the home side a 6-0 lead.
The Manly Sea Eagles host the Warriors in a crucial matchup at 4 Pines Park on Saturday night.
For the Sea Eagles winger, Jason Saab is returning from a foot injury, with Jorge Taufua leaving the team.
Kieran Foran moves to half-back to cover for Maroons skipper Daly Cherry-Evans, with Josh Schuster moving from the bench to his preferred five-eights role.
Marty Taupau (quad) and Karl Lawton (suspension) return to bolster the Manly bench.
For the Warriors, Wayde Egan returns from a calf injury at the hooker with the abandonment of Freddy Lussick.
Bayley Sironen (osteitis pubis) returns to his squad in due time and he is about to come off the bench.
Jack Murchie will play despite a head blow last week but will switch to Tohu Harris, while Rocco Berry will come in at center for the injured Viliami Vailea.
That sets the stage for a crucial clash as 11th-placed Manly and 12th-placed Warriors aim to stay in touch with the top eight.
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