A stunning attacking blitzkrieg from Daly Cherry-Evans has propelled Manly to a 36-0 hammering of Canterbury, breaking their drought at Lottoland.
The whipping boy for Sea Eagles critics after a difficult period for the NRL club, Cherry-Evans set up four tries in a first half that blew the Bulldogs out of the water.
He twice drifted across field before laying on perfect balls for straight runners, grubbering once for Dylan Walker and combining with Tom Trbojevic for one of the tries of the year.
After the fullback broke through the middle of the field just before half-time, he found Cherry-Evans, who kicked on the run for Trbojevic to score and make it 26-0 at the break.
Cherry-Evans’ halves partner Blake Green also got in on the act, grubbering for Brian Kelly to score one of two first-half tries.
The $10 million man then finished his 150th match with a spectacular unnatural left-footed kick for winger Akuila Uate.
Manly had scored just once more earlier in the second stanza, after Apisai Koroisau ran onto a Addin Fonua-Blake offload.
The win was Manly’s first at Brookvale since last July, and was just two points off equalling their biggest win against the Bulldogs – set in 1954.
Meanwhile ill-discipline cost the Bulldogs bitterly.
Josh Jackson was sin-binned five minutes before half-time for a professional foul, and Manly scored twice in the period.
Moses Mbye was penalised for a shoulder charge on first-half try-scorer Curtis Sironen, and David Klemmer slapped Cherry-Evans late in the match.
They will also come under the eye of NRL officials after Josh Reynolds illegally rejoined the field midway through the first half.
Under NRL rules, Canterbury’s No.6 was made to head off the field after he forced the scrum clock to hit zero due to a leg injury.
The laws state that players taken from the field in such a manner can only rejoin at a stoppage of play or when their team regains possession.
However Reynolds sprinted back onto the field just two tackles later with his team in defence.
It mattered little, as Manly scored at the end of the set, and the Bulldogs will likely only receive a warning.