Life at top suits Tigers nicely

Manilla has climbed to the top of the Second Division ladder.

The rampaging Tigers made it three wins from as many outings so far in 2017 courtesy of a 43-22 scoreline against Walcha on Saturday.

Following a tense opening 20 minutes or so, Manilla grabbed the upper hand during the latter stages of the first-half.

Having led by 18 points at the main break, the Tigers maintained the advantage despite the Roos crossing the stripe with greater regularity in the second stanza.

Manilla coach Mitch Doring was pleased to take the two points home from a venue which has presented his side with a challenge in recent seasons.

“We knew it was going to be tough against the (second-tier) premiers of last year,” Doring said.

“The first 20 minutes was back and forth, with both sides playing well, but we were able to get them on the back foot by scoring a handful of tries before halftime.

“They came back at us in the second-half, but we were pretty good defensively and made sure we won the match pretty well.

“We had a few out and only played with three reserves, so it’s good to come away with the points, we’re three from three now and you can’t start better.

“We’re not getting carried away, we’ve got to keep working hard and stick to what has worked for us.”

Manilla was best-served by centre Jack Ray and prop Nathan Flynn, who seized his chance to start the game.

Flynn set the tone with his go-forward, while the tireless Charlie Smallwood (lock) and hooker Amos Ioasa also impressed.

Solid contribution: Hooker Amos Ioasa, pictured here against Bundarra earlier this season, helped Manilla continue their unbeaten record in Second Division on Saturday.

Solid contribution: Hooker Amos Ioasa, pictured here against Bundarra earlier this season, helped Manilla continue their unbeaten record in Second Division on Saturday.