After the week-long controvery surrounding their pride jersey, Manly turned in a spirited performance against the Sydney Roosters on Friday night, albeit in a loss.
With seven players refusing to play in the pride jersey, the Sea Eagles blooded four debutants and were given little chance.
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The Roosters got off to a flyer with first half tries to Daniel Tupou, Nat Butcher and Joey Manu, while Andrew Davey scored for Manly.
But the Tricolours had a lacklustre second half and held on for a forgettable 20-10 win as Alfred Smalley crossed for a consolation try on debut for Manly.
The pride jersey drama overshadowed the lead-up to the game but to their credit, Sea Eagles fans still turned out in force at Brookvale Oval.