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What we learned from finals week two


The Roosters and Eels pack their bags and head home, while the Panthers and Sea Eagles continue on their quest for premiership glory.

Don’t doubt Tommy Turbo

The Roosters have been brave all season. Down on players due to retirement, injuries and suspensions, however this was finally the one that was a bridge to far for the Chooks.

They did themselves no favours with a horrible completion rate where most dropped balls were in their own half.

As a result, Manly took full advantage of every opportunity given to them, lead once again by Tom Trbojevic who finished with two tries, a try assist and three line breaks in another unstoppable performance.

His brother, Jake, had his best game of the season, aided by strong efforts from Daly Cherry-Evans and Dylan Walker.

On the other side of the coin, James Tedesco never stopped trying and was a standout for the Roosters, however it was one of those nights where nothing clicked, and unfortunately, they saved their worst performance for last.

The Chooks will undoubtedly be right up there next year when they get all their stars back, and this off-season will do them the world of good.

Manly now turn their sights to Friday nights clash with the Rabbitohs as a spot in the big dance awaits the victor.

Who said high-scoring footy is the best viewing experience?

In a year of high scoring games, it feels like forever since we have seen one like this.

What a game it was, it kept you on the edge of your seat for the entire 80 minutes, you couldn’t take your eyes off it.

The last ditch defensive efforts from both sides stood out in a scoreless second half, and while the Eels are often harshly judged each year about their exits from the competitions but you can’t bag them for this one.

They gave it everything, and unfortunately just fell agonizingly short.

The win for Penrith has set up a mouth-watering Grand Final rematch next week against Melbourne, although they have a lot to improve if they are going to topple the minor premiers.

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