Barrett unleashes after record defeat
MANLY endured the ultimate embarrassment of having to face fans and former players at a club function just hours after turning in their equal-worst ever defensive performance at Brookvale Oval.
The Sea Eagles' 56-24 loss to the Sydney Roosters on Sunday added to an already disastrous year for the club, and also ranked as their second biggest defeat at the ground since before the start of the Des Hasler era in 2004.
Making the loss worse was the fact it came on the club's old boys' day, and coach Trent Barrett admitted he would have to offer an apology when asked what he'd say to ex-players and fans.
"Sorry," he responded.
"Just because you pull on a jumper, it doesn't mean you're a first grader. You've got to aim up every week.
"The most disappointing thing is for us to go over to the club and look the fans in the eye and the ex-players after we tossed this up."
Barrett said it "looked like boys playing men".
"They just ran straight through us," he said.
"Defensively, we were not there. We were never in it, never in it. It's not good enough.
"Thirty-six points in the first half - you just can't do that. Defensively we were poor. That would be an understatement. You can cop losing if everyone is having a good crack.
"This is a tough, tough loss and we won't forget it for all the wrong reasons
Off the pace from the outset, Manly let in 34 first-half points and never looked in the contest.
They had their line broken eight times in the first half alone and ended the game with 31 missed tackles.
The loss marked the first time they have conceded a half-century scoreline in 14 years at the ground, and the 56 points against them was the equal-worst after Canterbury beat them by the same scoreline in 2003.
"This was meant to be a day we remember for all the right reasons, but unfortunately this is going to be a game I remember for a long time for the wrong reasons," captain Daly Cherry-Evans said.
Sunday's loss marked their fifth in a row at Lottoland - their worst streak at their spiritual home since 2004 - and left them just two points clear of the race with Parramatta, Canterbury and North Queensland to avoid their first ever wooden spoon.