Manly pile more misery on Dragons

Manly have added more misery to St George Illawarra's nightmare fortnight, putting on a second-half clinic to beat the Dragons 32-18 in the NRL.

Just two weeks after an illegal team barbecue threw the club into turmoil, the Dragons started bravely and led at halftime but were eaten alive in the second half by the Sea Eagles.

Already facing a long list of integrity unit bans over the next three weeks, the Saints could have more problems in the middle with Poasa Faamausili on report for a crusher tackle.

Friday night's loss on the Gold Coast came amid news that they could be without banned pair Daniel Alvaro and Zac Lomax for more than just the next fortnight, with doubts hanging over when they can enter Queensland.

Not that any of that will concern Manly, who were also breathing a sigh of relief post-match with Karl Lawton cleared of a back injury.

The win marked their third of the year without the rested Tom Trbojevic, and came with skipper Daly Cherry-Evans also sitting out after State of Origin III and Jake Trbojevic still injured.

Kieran Foran was superb in Cherry-Evans' absence, while Haumole Olakau'atu was brilliant in the second row and Josh Schuster had several nice touches on return.

Starting at halfback before being moved to the second-row, Schuster combined with Foran for a crucial try after the break that swung the momentum of the game.

Down 14-12 at halftime, the youngster put centre Moses Suli free before he backed up and then found Foran inside him with a no-look ball to put him over.

Cade Cust got Manly's lead out to 10 moments later, before Foran provided a deft short ball for Brad Parker to go over untouched and seal the game.

Olakau'atu meanwhile continues to be one of the Sea Eagles' most improved.

He provided Manly's first try when he bust through on the and offloaded back inside for Morgan Harper, before steamrolling Brayden Wiliame for his team's next.

"I thought Haumole was really strong," Manly coach Des Hasler said.

"The last two weeks he has been really good. The forwards we played to them at the start and allowed Foran and Schuster to play off the back of it."

The win keeps Manly's faint top-four hopes alive, but it is the Dragons who will feel far bigger implications.

Anthony Griffin's men still have nine players to face one-match bans over the next three weeks, and, while they sit seventh, they have one of the hardest runs to the end of the season.

The sentences of Matt Dufty, Tyrrell Fuiamono and Kaide Ellis have at least now been served.

"I'd say they would be disappointed like all of us," Griffin remarked.

"We put ourselves in a position to win that game and the first 10 minutes of the second half was disastrous for us defensively.

"We started well but our missed tackles were atrocious.

"There were over 40. We just had some really simple missed tackles."