The Manly Sea Eagles’ supporting cast played their roles to perfection as they picked up two crucial competition points without their leading man to keep their top-four hopes alive.
The extent of Tom Trbojevic’s injury remains a mystery, but the only thing fractured right now is Canberra’s hopes of playing finals footy after their second-half fade-outs came back to haunt them in the 19-18 loss at Suncorp Stadium.
The intrigue surrounding Turbo’s availability dominated the headlines all week and had more plot twists than a Home And Away season finale. And with Turbo ruled out, nothing went to script for Manly in the first half without their leading man there to run the attack.
They had a try ruled out for obstruction, bombed a certain four points with an overweighted kick and had seven errors in the first half alone. They struggled to play width, and when they did, they were…