By Adam Lucius  

Watch out Sydney, the Marlins are a long way from finished.

That was the message reverberating around the NSW club scene on Saturday night after Manly shocked Randwick, boasting Ratu Nasiganiyavi and Gene Fairbanks in its line-up, with a courageous 29-28 win at Coogee Oval.

 

The men in blue led 24-5 at one stage before withstanding a late Wicks' resurgence to record their best win under the Phil Blake regime.

 

The bonus point victory leaves Manly nine points shy of sixth spot after 14 rounds.

 

A number of top-ranked teams are looking nervously over their shoulder hoping the Marlins aren't around in September

 

"We lost our way in the middle section but it was very gutsy to hang in like we did," a proud Blake said of Saturday's win.

 

"They had all the ball, all the field position and were getting all the free kicks and penalties.

 

"We showed a helluva lot of character, which this side has showed over the last seven or eight weeks.

 

"To go to Randwick after they lost 42-7 the week before - and with their Super 14 players back - and come away with a win and five tries was a terrific effort.

 

"It was a season-defining game for us."

 

Man-of-the-match Elvis Taione, Dylan Sigg, Jarrod Murphy, Lui Siale and Adam D'Arcy crossed the stripe, with D'Arcy contributing two goals.

 

"Elvis was unbelievable. He was head and shoulders above everyone else," Blake enthused.

 

"He's certainly got the ability to go to the next level.

 

"Adam D'Arcy did some nice things, the tight five played really well and were very, very solid at the set piece and around the ground.

 

"There wasn't one player who didn't put in."

 

After starting the year with five straight losses, Manly has now win six from nine heading into next Saturday's vital home meeting with Wests.

 

No-one connected with the Marlins has given up hope of a finals berth.

 

"Even though we had a slow start we always had the belief we could still make something out of this season and that hasn't changed," Blake said.

 

"We've got a strong belief we can keep going and get to the play offs."