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NRL News 2022: Positive Covid-19 test cartridge causes chaos at press conference, Manly vs Eels score


Friday evening’s press conference at 4 Pines Park was thrown into disarray after a positive test for Covid-19 RAT was found in the venue’s designated media room.

The Parramatta Eagles defeated the Manly Sea Eagles 36-20 in the 21st round competition, and winger Mika Sefo scored two goals for the visitors.

But after the final siren, Manley Daley captain Sherry Evans chose not to hold a post-game press conference after reporters discovered a positive RAT cartridge in the media room.

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Sea Eagles coach Des Hassler’s interview went ahead as planned, but Eels coach Brad Arthur played it safe and held his press conference in the hallway outside the toilets.

Meanwhile, Parramatta players refused to give interviews after the match to avoid any risk of exposure to the deadly virus.

News Corp’s Martin Gabor tweeted, “Drama at 4 Pines Park. A positive RAT was found in the post-match press conference room. Des Hassler had his press conference but DCE played it safe. Eels are worried and it looks like the pressure machine will be late and moving.”

AAP’s Scott Bailey posted: “Absolute champagne scenes at Brookvale. Positive RAT cartridge housed in designated press conference room. None of the reporters behind it. DCE opted out of the press while Brad Arthur moved away and no player spoke of the Eels as a result. “.

The positive RAT test was subsequently removed by the NRL official. It is still not clear where the cartridge came from.

It was a home and away game at 4 Pines Park on Friday, with Manley leading 20-14 after the first half break.

But the eel fight started in spectacular fashion as winger Waqa Blake, who played his 150th game, dived into a corner to score a stunning attempt in the 55th minute.

The Eels player took advantage of a perfectly directed pass from his young teammate Jacob Arthur, and somehow managed to land the ball on the ground with his knees inches from the touch zone.

It was the turning point for the Eels, who scored three late attempts to blast the Sea Eagles away and left Manley’s season on life support machines.

“It was a big moment, wasn’t it?” Ailes coach Arthur told reporters after winning 16 points.

“He really got us back to the chase. Good for Jake’s confidence too.

“Really happy for Boga, he’s the type who doesn’t get a lot of trophies but just competes in every competition for us. He has had some injuries over the past two years but he always does his best to get back on the field.”

With four games remaining in the regular season, the Sea Eagles are now four points out of the top eight in tenth place on the NFL ladder, while the Eagles have moved into fifth place with 28 contending points.

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