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Manly Rugby Football Club is delighted to announce a 3 year Platinum Sponsorship with one of the world’s leading solar providers, WIRSOL Energy. Founded in Germany, WIRSOL has a prominent global presence in the renewable energy sector and have recently commenced their Australian operations, establishing new offices in the heart of Manly.

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Pirates put Marlins to the sword - but bring on the finals

By Adam Lucius
What: Shute Shield round 18
Who: West Harbour v Manly
Where: Concord Oval
Result: Wests 62-52
Manly are where on the table: First (74 points)

80 minutes in 80 seconds: We'd need more like 80 hours than 80 seconds to run you through this one try by try. A newcomer to the Shute Shield might have thought he'd walked into a touch footy game by mistake as the five-pointers just kept coming. But while defence wasn't the order of the day, there was some cracking attacking rugby. Wests got the early jump, holding a 28-7 advantage before Manly went bang, bang to make it 28-21. The Marlins took the lead briefly – 40-38 - early in the second half but Wests Harbour was not to be denied. The Pirates finished the stronger, clearing out to an entertaining 10-point victory

Where it was lost: Give credit where credit is due – West Harbour were very good and thoroughly deserved the win. Manly were without a few topliners and had some disruptions during the game, but lacked energy from the get-go. They found something after the break and threatened to steal the game at one stage, but Wests finished the stronger.

Marlins' best: Tim Donlan (3 tries), Dennis Pili-Gaitau

What they said: "What West Harbour brought to the game was better than what we brought to the game. But that's the end of the regular season and we finished first and they're eighth. We need to bring our best now the finals are starting and, if we do, I'm confident we can achieve something over the next few weeks." – coach Brian Melrose

Odd Spot: It's probably not a record you really want but Manly's 52 points could be the largest losing total in Shute Shield history

Where to from here: We are back at Manly Oval against Eastwood in the 1 v 6 qualifying final on Saturday. Be there!

  

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Marlins secure minor premiership with high-scoring win over Emus

By Adam Lucius
What: Shute Shield round 17
Who: Manly v Penrith
Where: Manly Oval
Result: Manly 48-38
Manly are where on the table: First (73 points)

80 minutes in 80 seconds: Manly scored inside the first 70 seconds and most of us thought this would be a stroll in the park. But Penrith had come to play and were not about to roll over for us. The Emus played some terrific rugby to lead 19-17 just before halftime and there was a real sense we could be about to witness one of the great Shute Shield upsets. Manly eventually pushed the go button to pile on 31 unanswered points, but still Penrith wouldn’t throw in the towel. Trailing 48-19, Penrith scored the last three tries to go down by just 10 points. The Marlins were missing a number of regulars and made plenty of changes during the game, but take nothing away from the plucky visitors.

Where it was won: Manly scored four tries between the 49th and 59th minute marks and that was the end of the section. In all, there were 14 tries scored on the day as defence not only took a back seat but moved to the boot.

Marlins' best: It was more a collective effort but there were some good things from Sam Shires and Josh Turner, in particular.

What they said: "It was a bit like a Sunday hangover (after the derby) and we did what we had to do. It would have been nice to win more comfortably but we got the job done and now move on." – coach Brian Melrose

Odd Spot: The win wraps up the 20th minor premiership in Manly's long history. We will play either Eastwood, Sydney Uni or Wests in the 1 v 6 play-off in the first week of the finals

Where to from here: We travel to Concord Oval on Saturday to take on the much-improved West Harbour in the last game of the regular season. The Pirates remain a mathematical chance of reaching the semis

  

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Emus dispensed with, now for the Rats

By Adam Lucius
What: Shute Shield round 9
Who: Penrith vs Manly
Where: Nepean Rugby Park
Result: Manly 52-26
Manly are where on the table: First (44 points)
 
80 minutes in 80 seconds: Manly were missing a few topliners and perhaps had one eye on the local derby, but take nothing away from the gallant Emus. They led early and only trailed by five at the break. Coach Melrose gave his team a nice rev-up at halftime and the expected points rush started to come, but it was the points conceded that would mostly concern Billy. After being so good defensively, the Marlins have conceded eight tries in two weeks against teams at the wrong end of the table. That needs to change, starting this Saturday.   
    
Where it was won: It was just a touch of class here and there – and superior discipline - that proved the difference in the end. Penrith kept coming but the Marlins were never really in danger of defeat. The second half was marginally better than the first, with Manly finishing eight tries to four victors. But this one won't make the collectors' set of great Manly rugby victories.        
       
Marlins' best: Will Cocker, Cam Bailey 
 
What they said: "The performance over the last couple of weeks has dipped below our previous standards. This week we need to regain some lost pride in the derby match. Last time against the Rats was a day that did not represent anyone from Manly well (43-17 loss). We need to restore some pride on Saturday in front of our supporters and the community." – coach Brian Melrose 
        
Odd Spot: Was that Rats assistant coach and ex-Manly great Damien 'Turtle' Cummins we saw swapping information with two high profile Marlins on Sunday night….surely not?      
 
Where to from here: As if we need to tell you. It's New Year's Eve, Christmas Day, and the key to the brewery all rolled into one – local derby day at the Village Green. The Rats have not left 2095 with victory since 2007.      
  

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