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RugbyL: Roosters down Sea Eagles to claim 2nd spot in NRL


Undermanned Sydney Roosters secured their first victory at Brookvale in nine years with a 16-4 win over Manly to climb to second place on the National Rugby League standings on Monday.

The Roosters played the final 10 minutes a man down after Jared Waerea-Hargreaves became the first player to be sent off this season following a head high tackle on rival prop George Rose.

The New Zealand Test front-rower was waved straight from the field by referee Matt Cecchin for deliberate contact with the head but the Roosters held on comfortably to move into second spot behind competition leaders South Sydney after nine rounds.

An encounter between two of the best defensive sides in the NRL was always likely to be a low-scoring affair, but both teams created plenty of opportunities - only to also be guilty of poor handling.

The Roosters led 8-0 at halftime after a try by Michael Jennings and two successful kicks from James Maloney.

Steve Matai hit back with a try for Manly after the resumption but the Sea Eagles were unable to break through for a second try before Jake Friend wrapped up victory in the last minute when he got the final touch to a bouncing ball.