Marlins sign new Sponsor

The Manly Rugby Football Club (MRFC) is happy to announce a new sponsorship partnering with Tripoint Corporation for the season of 2011.

 

Tripoint Corporation is a Business and Systems Integration consultancy providing commercially-focused IT solutions, as well as business consulting and managed services.

 

Established in 1998, Tripoint has delivered business and IT solutions across a broad range of industries, and to customers around the globe.

 

Tripoint Corporation delivers business, systems integration and managed services solutions to large organisations including Aristocrat, British American Tobacco, Vodafone, AMP and the Reserve Bank of Australia.

 

The MRFC hope to employ Tripoint Corporations knowledge in the business and IT industries to launch them in becoming the top rugby club in Australia.

 

The MRFC welcomes the new partnership and looks forward to working with Tripoint Corporation now and into the future.

Marlins sink to first loss in the Mud

By Adam Lucius

 

After sweeping aside three teams not tipped to figure in finals football - Gordon, Warringah and Parramatta - the Marlins' first real test of the season arrived in the form of Eastwood at a boggy Manly Oval last Saturday.

It was test Tim Lane's men failed, beaten 27-17 by a committed and disciplined Woodies outfit in wet and slippery conditions.

Manly assistant coach Damien Cummins reckons his team played at 60 per cent capacity while skipper Chris Cottee was equally damning in his assessment.

The Marlins may be a team of champion players but they have a fair way to go before they are a champion team.

Fitting in so many talented players - often at 24 or 48 hours' notice - and finding cohesion is proving a real challenge for Lane but one he will have to deal with for at least another two months.

Cottee got things going against Eastwood with a typically cheeky half-back's try on 12 minutes.

After the powerful Manly scrum disturbed the Woodies' eight, Cottee harassed his opposite Nick White into error, loosening the ball and then toeing it through for the perfect start.

Ben Seymour converted from out wide for a 7-0 lead before back-to-back Eastwood penalties kept the visitors in touch.

Things got even better for the Woods when second-rower Josh Dunning plunged over midway through the half for a 13-7 advantage.

Lane couldn't wait to get to his charges at half-time, calling on them to stay composed and to respect possession in the Manly Oval slop.

Exciting centre Robbie Coleman presented a roadmap back into game, chipping and regaining around the halfway line before sending a pass inside for Seymour to streak away.

It was a beautifully executed try, the conversion nudging the hosts back in front 14-13.

Seymour was then taken off for Tyrone Smith as a Marlins penalty increased the advantage to 17-13.

But this Eastwood side just would not go away.

Feasting on some ordinary lineout throws from Manly and a healthy flow of penalties, the Woodies scored two tries in the final 11 minutes to claim a deserved victory.                

 

"It was very disappointing. After 50 minutes we scored try, got in front and had a bit of momentum but then fell away," Cummins lamented.

"The scrum was very good but our lineout let us down.

"We've also got to pick up our intensity. It's like they are waiting for someone next to them to do something rather than doing it themselves.

"That's a real danger when you've got so many quality players in the one side."

Cottee added: "Our discipline was terrible.

"We gave away too many penalties and got stuck down our own end.

"It was our first real test and we did what we didn't want to do.''

Manly's first defeat of the year see them slip to second behind the Woodies.

The Marlins meet third-placed Eastern Suburbs at Woollahra Oval this Saturday.        

Discipline with Possession Costs Marlins Plenty

By Adam Lucius

The Marlins admitted they played with the blinkers on after squandering a mountain of possession and dominant field position in going down 23-16 to Easts at Woollahra Oval on Saturday.

The Beasties were rarely sighted inside the Manly quarter but still managed to come up with two tries to one in inflicting the second straight loss on Tim Lane's men.

While the visitors' effort and commitment could not be faulted, they were guilty of taking the wrong option far too often   

"We put the heat on them in their 22 but we just don't seem to have the control in that area," five-eighth Ben Seymour conceded.

"We need the discipline to slow things down and play our own game.

"In the 'A' (attacking) zone it's just not happening and we need to work on that."

The sides traded early penalty goals to lock it up at 6-all midway through the first half before Easts scored the first try of the game after 22 minutes.

Chris Yarrington replied for Manly four minutes later, bamboozling the Beasties' left-side defence to touch down for a terrific solo try.

With former Marlins sharpshooter Peter Hewat watching on, Seymour slotted the sideline conversion for a 13-all scoreline.      

Seymour eased Manly in front with a penalty three minutes after the break but on the hour we were all square at 16-all after an Easts penalty.

Both sides threw plenty into the last 20 minutes, with the hosts scoring through No.8 Talalelei Gray nine minutes from time to clinch the game.  

"We had plenty of opportunities and just didn't take them," Lane lamented.

"We had space and kept playing away from the space.

"That's just (lack of) vision and communication and patience.

"We played well and they played well but the difference is they took their opportunities and we didn't."

Half-back Chris Cottee saw out the game despite twisting his knee late and is in some doubt for West Harbour's visit to Manly Oval next Saturday.   

The Marlins have slipped to fourth spot and need to beat the Pirates to stay in touch with the leading teams.

 

 

 

Work in Progress comes away with the Win

By Adam Lucius

 

Poor start, impressive middle and stuttering finish - welcome to the work in progress that is Manly rugby as the Marlins returned to the winning list with a 40-26 disposal of West Harbour on Saturday.

The Pirates scored the first and last tries of the match without ever giving the impression they were going to walk away from Manly Oval with maximum points.

The Marlins scored the majority of their points at the back-end of the first half and into the early stages of the second half to snap a two-game losing streak.

There was plenty to like but also cause for concern as poor handling and ill-discipline pockmarked the display.

JP du Plessis and Neil Meyer spent separate 10 minutes stints in the sin bin, making the job harder than it needed to be.

Coach Tim Lane admitted: "The first half was very average. We just didn't have the urgency that was required.

"But the first 10 minutes of the second half showed what we were about.

"If we go out and apply ourselves like that, it shows how good we can be."

 After Wests stole the early advantage with a converted try 18 minutes in, the Marlins stuck twice in the shadows of half-time.

Centres Lui Siale and Brian Sefanaia traded tries, both beauties that showcased their lovely footwork and elusiveness.

That put the hosts 14-7 in front.

They sunk the Pirates early in the second half with four more tries before clicking off at the end. 

Two tries to Eddie Aholelei and one each to Elvis Taione and the impressive Chris Yarrington completing the second half scoring.

Those three along with Lui, celebrating his 100th first grade game in Manly colours, were outstanding.

 Lane continued: "We're slow coming out of the blocks for some reason. We might have to look at doing something different in the lead-up.

"But we won and that's the main thing. After two losses in a row, we didn't want to make that a third.

"We want to win the next two to make it six from eight. That'd be a good position to be in."

No 8 Ed Gower knows all the cogs in the engine are not yet clicking in unison but still likes what he sees from close quarters.

"There were still too many mistakes and penalties but we produced some of our best rugby in patches and started to deliver on some of the potential," he said.

"We're progressing. Every game we're playing better and better.

"If we keep going in that direction then the sky's the limit."

Manly travel to the foot of the mountains next Saturday to take on Penrith, buoyant after their upset win over Randwick.