Manly’s return to form has been something to behold as the side ran out to its third straight win to bounce right back into premiership contention.
A one point win over the Warriors to get on the board has been followed up with crushing wins over the Gold Coast Titans and Wests Tigers, with Tom Trbojevic making a massive difference to the side.
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The 40-6 win over the Tigers on ANZAC Day has had huge ramifications already with Tigers coach Michael Maguire reportedly on the chopping block.
But while the reversal of form has been quick from the round one massacre at the hands of the Roosters to the current rich vein of form, the Sea Eagles still have some things to work on.
Tom Trbojevic can only fix so much.
So while the Sea Eagles have turned around their attack with 76 points in the last two games compared to just 47 points in the first five rounds, the side still need to work on their celebrations.
While the seven try to one performance over the Tigers gave Manly ample opportunity to get it right, second rower Haumole Olakau’atu delivered two of the great try celebration blunders.
On Fox League’s Sunday Night with Matty Johns, Eels legend Nathan Hindmarsh pointed out a pair of hilarious moments where Olakau’atu went to try and celebrate, but got it wrong.
The first was when prop Marty Taupau crossed under the posts, sealing the score with a salute on ANZAC Day.
But Olakau’atu got a bit too excited, coming in hot and jumping on top of his teammates, only to topple off head first into the ground.
Haumole Olakau’atu nearly spear tackled himself.Source:FOX SPORTS
“Manly have blown the contest apart, and the Sea Eagles supporters, they go wild, so too Olakau’atu over the top,” Michael Ennis said at the time.
He’s not long ago come back from an elbow injury, having played just two games this season.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the final try of the day, when Kieran Foran cross for a try, also under the posts, Olakau’atu appeared to just trip over his own feet.
“I don’t understand it, but he’s gone into the leagues of some of the very best,” Hindmarsh said.
He pointed to some of the great stuffed up try celebrations including Panthers great Rhys Wesser from the 2003 premiership side when he fell straight off the side of his teammates, and Aaron Woods in Origin, who just completely missed the celebratory huddle.
“So Olakau’atu goes down in the list of all-time try fails,” Hindmarsh said.
It didn’t escape his teammates either with winger Jason Saab getting in an Instagram jab.
Jason Saab with the direct hit.Source:Instagram
It didn’t pass the NRL by.Source:Instagram
At least winning will lessen the bite of the blunder for the 22-year-old.
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