DES Hasler may have moved on, but the resolve and refusal to buckle in the face of adversity still very much remains at Manly as the defending NRL premiers came from behind to edge out Wests Tigers 22-18 at Gosford on Friday night.
The Sea Eagles only returned home from a bruising encounter against the Warriors in Auckland late on Sunday night where they lost Steve Matai and Glenn Stewart for this game due to injury.
It was not the ideal way to prepare for a clash with the premiership favourites, and after going in at halftime 8-2 down and very much on the back foot, it looked as if their arduous trip across the Tasman would come back to hurt them.
The Tigers also had a short turnaround following their golden-point win over Cronulla last Sunday, and after a slow start to the game, opened the scoring when an ecstatic Adam Blair raced over in the 28th minute after taking advantage of a superb decoy run from Chris Lawrence.
Blair was at the centre of the Battle of Brookvale last season as a Melbourne player against Manly when he and Stewart traded blows on the sideline after being sin-binned.
Read the full match report at the official NRL website.
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