DESPITE Milton-Ulladulla Bulldogs product Jack Murchie playing his first NRL game of the season for the Canberra Raiders, his side went down 24-20 to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles at Lottoland.
Murchie's Green Machine started the match on fire, leading 12-nil after as many minutes, thanks to two Jack Wighton tries and two conversions by Jarrod Croker - which stretched to 14 after a penalty goal.
The hosts finally clicked into gear in the 24th minute when Martin Taupau powered across before Lachlan Croker dived over 38th minute, which made it 14-12 at half-time after Daly Cherry-Evans' two conversions.
The Sea Eagles had their first lead of the match when Croker scored his second four-pointer in the 52nd minute.
Two minutes later, Gerringong's Reuben Garrick crossed and converted his own try for Manly to extend the lead before Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad scored a late consolation try for Canberra, which made it 24-20 after Croker's conversion.