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A Daly Cherry-Evans masterclass and a Morgan Harper hat-trick have helped Manly tame the Wests Tigers and cement their place in the top eight with a 44-24 win at Suncorp Stadium.

With Cherry-Evans and Tom Trbojevic returning to the Sea Eagles’ side after a post-Origin sabbatical and Jake Trbojevic back from injury, Manly were raging favourites but the Tigers held them well in the opening term, pushing to a 12-10 lead when Adam Doueihi scored midway through the half.

But with Cherry-Evans pulling the strings expertly, the Sea Eagles scored 22 unanswered points in just 15 minutes either side of the break to put the result seemingly beyond doubt.