Manly have sunk to their worst begin to a season in each assault and defence after Viliame Kikau powered Penrith to a 46-6 flogging.
Per week after pulling off the try-saver of the season to win the sport for Penrith towards Melbourne, Kikau was at his damaging greatest in assault at Brookvale Oval.
The second-rower bagged a double on Thursday night time, busting by means of six tackles and placing on two offloads whereas possible leaving Daly Cherry-Evans having nightmares about tackling him.
Jarome Luai was additionally very good, dazzling the Sea Eagles’ defence along with his fast ft and arms as he arrange 4 tries.
The demolition job compounded what had already been a horror begin to Manly’s season, which is now their worst ever opening month within the membership’s 74-year historical past.
Manly’s 34 factors scored within the opening month is their lowest by means of 4 rounds, whereas the 156 factors conceded can be a document worst by means of the interval.
However the unbeaten Panthers are having no such woes as they attempt to go one step additional than final yr’s grand ultimate loss.
Their assault is effectively and actually buzzing, throwing the ball round with confidence and scoring 4 tries within the opening 25 minutes to blow Manly out of the water.
Kikau bagged a double to go together with Brian To’o’s two tries, whereas Matt Burton additionally scored as soon as and had some harmful moments filling in at left centre.
Their greatest strive of the night time got here when Moses Leota went over from a James Fisher-Harris offload, after the ball had gone by means of six units of arms from inside their very own half on the earlier play.
One other got here when Nathan Cleary grubber-kicked, regathered after which placed on a brief chip kick for Kurt Capewell to dot down.
To’o scored one in all his when Mitch Kenny modified the purpose of assault out of dummy-half, earlier than Luai and Burton mixed to place the winger over.
Kikau’s four-pointers in the meantime did not do his damaging efficiency justice.
His first was from a ricocheted Luai grubber kick, whereas his second after the break got here when Luai put him into a spot created by a Morgan Boyle damage and the second-rower charged over.
The Panthers’ solely difficulty got here within the type of Kenny being placed on report for a crusher deal with, with first-choice dummy-half Apisai Koroisau already out injured.
In the meantime, Manly have extra our bodies so as to add to their casualty ward.
Boyle dislocated his shoulder in one other blow to the Sea Eagles’ back-row shares, whereas centre Moses Suli copped a knee to the again.
They might at the very least get Tom Trbojevic again subsequent week towards the Warriors, with Manly desperately needing him so as to add some spark to their ailing assault.