Really spirited win by Manly. Had to make 41 tackles inside their own half and only had two tries put them. That's a big improvement on previous weeks. The return of Brett Stewart provided them with plenty of shape and with all the talent on board they just had too many points in them for Cronulla.
On the other side of the coin, Cronulla clearly struggled for points. Maloney didn't have his best game and he appears to be struggling to adjust at Cronulla. I don't think it helps that he's gone from a left edge of Jennings and Tupou to Leutele and Feki.
It's going to be interesting to see whether Manly can back that performance up on Saturday when they take on the Roosters. As we've seen so far, teams have struggled to manage the short turn-arounds and there were enough signs there to suggest Manly have yet to complete a 180.
Meanwhile Cronulla return to Shark Park to take on Melbourne in Monday Night Football. You can just feel the grind already...it won't be pretty but I'm sure it'll be close.