9 Jul 2012

Manly and South Sydney post NRL wins

6:36 am on 9 July 2012

The Parramatta Eels coach Stephen Kearney was at a loss to explain his side's woeful first-half performance against Manly as further pressure mounted on the Kiwi Test mentor after yesterday's 40-24 National Rugby League defeat.

Touted as one of the best young minds in the game when he took on the job, the World Cup-winning coach has endured a torrid time since replacing Daniel Anderson at the start of the 2011 season.

Meanwhile the Veteran coach Wayne Bennett warns NRL referees are putting players' health at risk after they failed to stop play when Newcastle debutant Kyle O'Donnell was left heavily concussed on the ANZ Stadium turf last night.

O'Donnell had his first foray into the NRL ended abruptly by a Sam Burgess shoulder charge late in South Sydney's 34-14 win over the Knights.