Marlins school the Students in triumphant home return

By Adam Lucius
What: Shute Shield round 2
Who: Manly vs Sydney University
Where: Manly Oval
Result: Manly 36-10
Manly are where on the table: Equal First (10 points)
80 minutes in 80 seconds: With a delicious Marlin burger and cold drinks in hand, a good-sized Manly Oval crowd welcomed the men in blue onto Manly Oval for the first time since mid-July. Most of were expecting a tough and willing encounter against the Shute Shield powerhouse, underlined by a scoreless opening 18 minutes. A try to James 'Cecil' Hilterbrand from a driving maul got the Marlins going and the points kept coming. Further first half tries to Tom Chesters and Ryan Melrose had the hosts 19-0 up at the break and looking the goods. Things got a little scrappy early in the second half before the Marlins clicked back into gear, scoring another three tries – some of them absolute beauties. Check out the YouTube highlights and see attacking rugby at its best. The Marlins' defence wasn't too bad, either.         
Where it was won: Manly took control of this game midway through the first half, piling on 19 unanswered points. They lost their way a little in the second half, attempting to finesse their way to victory rather than earn the right. But once that was addressed there was only going to be one outcome. That's two wins from two (both with bonus points) against quality opposition. No wonder Manly Boom Boom could be heard all the way to Terrey Hills         
Marlins' best: James Hilterbrand, Cam Bailey, Kevin Fuavao, Sam Lane, Tom Chesters   
What they said: "We set ourselves a goal of winning all our home games and turning it into a fortress and a place other sides don’t want to visit. To put 36 points on a side like Uni is pretty special. We've surprised a few people with our start but we're not surprised. We put the work in during the pre-season and there is still room for improvement." – fly-half Sam Lane      
Odd Spot: The new Marlins burgers were so popular they sold out prior to kick-off, along with the Manly footy cards. The beefed-up match day experience was an all-round hit  
Where to from here: It's back to Manly Oval to host Parramatta on Saturday

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