Manly fight hard to get back momentum


Des Hasler has warned his Manly facet one other extended sluggish begin will not fly in opposition to competitors heavyweights Canberra on Sunday.

The Sea Eagles have scored tries within the opening quarter of matches simply twice this 12 months, and have fallen behind 18-Zero and 18-2 of their final two video games.

In each matches – in opposition to Brisbane and Parramatta – they’ve come dwelling with a moist sail, beating the Broncos and controversially happening to the Eels.

And whereas Hasler accepts that there are intervals which are going to go in opposition to his group, he is advised them they have to regain the momentum faster in opposition to a robust Canberra facet.

“A slow start is probably the wrong way. It’s maybe an excuse,” Hasler mentioned.

“It’s about figuring out components of the sport the place it’d sluggish, and getting out of it. And getting it back on a fair keel.

“All sides are going to soak up these components of the sport and we have simply acquired to reply higher and this facet is able to doing that.

“We need to put together 80 minutes against this side.”

Manly will go into the match with out Martin Taupau as he battles a thumb harm, with Addin Fonua-Blake vowing to step up in his absence.

With Taupau off injured final week, his front-row companion ran 231 metres with a number of highly effective prices in opposition to the Broncos within the largest yardage haul of his profession.

“He performs week in, week out,” Hasler mentioned.

“More than 150 metres is very important and he does it so well.”

Meanwhile, Hasler is cautious of discovering a approach to shut down Raiders half George Williams in his first sport in opposition to Manly.

While Jack Wighton is arguably the shape five-eighth of the competitors, Williams has had a hand in 5 tries within the three video games because the competitors’s restart.

“You don’t know what he (Williams) is going to come up with,” Hasler mentioned.

“He definitely performs a sport that’s actually unstructured and suited. He is hard and fast.

“He’s acquired a very astute kicking sport and he runs. Both halves, he and Jack Wighton, actually complement one another.”


* Three of Manly’s 5 video games this 12 months have been determined by three factors or much less.

* Manly’s right-edge defence is one of the best within the NRL conceding simply 4 tries this 12 months, however they have to cease Jack Wighton on Canberra’s left.

* Canberra have conceded simply six factors 4 occasions this 12 months. Last 12 months they solely held groups to single digits simply thrice all 12 months.

(Stats: Fox Sports)

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