Manly Sea Eagles Coach Trent Barrett and Half back Daly Cherry-Evans respond to the four point loss to the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium.
A try late in golden point extra time to Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds has effectively ended Manly's 2016 finals hopes after a number of chances in the first half, as well as a pair of field goal attempts from Daly Cherry-Evans and Tom Trbojevic earlier in golden point.
“The boys are shattered and I couldn’t be more proud of their effort and fight,” Sea Eagles Coach Trent Barrett said.
“We knew we had to win to make the semi-finals and we gave ourselves every chance.
“I thought we still had our chances to win, but it wasn’t to be.
“They’re a top four side for a reason and they’re hard to score against. They don’t just give up points easily, but there are things we can improve on and we’ll be better for it.”
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It was the 15th time a match has gone to golden point this season, with Manly having been involved in two of those games. Despite winning once and losing another, Trent Barrett threw his support behind a review of the format.
"It's a lottery really in the end, we're having pot shots and they're having pot shots. The referees aren't game to make a decision because they'd be crucified if they make the wrong one. I think we do need to have a look at it."
Half-back Daly Cherry-Evans also supported his Coach in a review of the format and from a players perspective, ending the 80 minutes with a draw would be fine with him.
“I would be an advocate for Golden Point to be split down the middle for the 26 Rounds,” Cherry-Evans added.
“It doesn’t bother me the way it is at the moment, but if there were to be changes, I wouldn’t be disappointed to see the game move forward and call a draw during the year.
“I think we should let extra-time decide the big games in the finals.”