Wests Tigers center Brent Naden sent off for a horror spear tackle on Jake Trbojevic as the Manly Sea Eagles beat their rivals 30-4 at Campbelltown Stadium


The NRL Match Review Committee will deliver its findings on Naden’s tackle on Monday morning.

Kimmorley was on track for a first win as NRL head coach after trailing just two points at half-time despite his side running into a strong breeze – and they could have led if Naden hadn’t dropped the ball on the line in a bid for the first points.

Martin Taupau fends off Luciano Leilua in Manly’s big win over the Wests Tigers.Credit:Getty

But they couldn’t make an impression after the break and gave up any chance of doing so once Naden lifted Trbojevic with the visitors leading 16-4.

“Our priority is to make sure we stick together,” Kimmorley said. “We are in a very difficult period as a club. We are not going to make decisions quickly and we are not going to be among the best teams right away. There is no quick fix to this, unfortunately. We haven’t won a second half all year on the scoreboard.

“The fight I’m in now and the challenge it represents, I enjoyed today. It’s a weird thing to say to get your ass slapped, but I appreciated the opportunity to be NRL head coach.

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The grass has never been greener for ex-Tiger Josh Aloiai, who was told 18 months ago he would mow lawns in Leichhardt and Campbelltown following a contract dispute. He didn’t and came back to score a brace against his former club with rookie center Tolutau Koula scoring his first NRL try, a blistering solo effort from 50 yards.

“It was probably one of our best wins this year,” Manly coach Des Hasler said. “It was a tough game and it was always going to be a tough game. They came in really committed and they’re good defensive football, and Madge [Maguire] did a very good job with them there.

MANLY SEA EAGLES 30 (Josh Aloiai 2, Reuben Garrick, Haumole Olakau’atu, Tolutau Koula tries; Garrick 5 goals) defeated WESTERN TIGERS 4 (Essay by Luke Garner) at Campbelltown Stadium. Referee: Peter Gough.

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