Toronto and Newtown draw bigger crowds than Manly’s game against Penrith at Lottoland

As the saying goes: “Everyone hates Manly”.

But are the Sea Eagles starting to hate their own?

Saturday’s game at Lottoland against Penrith drew a measly crowd of just 6134.

Despite the club’s poor season, it’s an embarrassing result considering the Toronto Wolfpack — a second-tier side playing in England’s Championship league — celebrated a season-high attendance of 8217 for their match against the Featherstone Rovers — in Toronto Canada.

Even the Newtown Jets had a crowd of approximately 7000 show up to Henson Park for their Intrust Super Premiership against Penrith during The Beer, Footy & Food Festival.

The Sea Eagles’ 18-point capitulation to the Panthers leaves them in danger of claiming their first-ever wooden spoon.

They now sit on 12 points and 14th on the NRL ladder, but equal on points with Canterbury and North Queensland with only Parramatta one win below them.

Manly have avoided the wooden spoon in their 70-year history, the only club to do so of those who have been around before expansion outside NSW in 1988.

They also have the longest wooden-spoon drought of all teams in NRL history, with Balmain’s 62-year run between 1911 and 1974 the next longest.

They must bounce back for Cronulla in Cronulla next week, followed by a run of games against Canterbury, Wests Tigers and the Gold Coast.

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