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Critics stirred Manly hornet's nest

Discussion in 'News' started by Clint, Jul 3, 2014.

By Clint on Jul 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM
  1. Clint

    Clint . Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    England international James Graham believes pre-season criticism of Manly's forward pack stirred up a hornet's nest of motivation at the Sea Eagles that has propelled them to the top of the NRL ladder.

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Discussion in 'News' started by Clint, Jul 3, 2014.

    1. Clint

      Clint . Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      England international James Graham believes pre-season criticism of Manly's forward pack stirred up a hornet's nest of motivation at the Sea Eagles that has propelled them to the top of the NRL ladder[​IMG].

      Early season premiership frontrunners Canterbury face the top-of-the-table Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium on Friday night in a clash between two of the in-form forward packs of the NRL.

      Manly were labelled vulnerable up front by many pundits in the lead-up to the 2014 season, after losing Brent Kite (Penrith), Richie Fa'aaoso (retirement), George Rose (Melbourne), and Joe Galuvao (retired).

      But they have proved anything but throughout this season and again last week in Manly's impressive win over premiers the Sydney Roosters in the grand final rematch.

      The Bulldogs possess the biggest, if not the best pack in the NRL and Graham is readying himself for a brutal battle up front in round 17.

      "When people in the media talk like that, it has probably given them added motivation to prove a point and certainly just looking at where they are that speaks for itself," Graham said.

      "It wouldn't surprise me if they have got together and said 'they are writing us off here in the middle' and they have really stepped up.

      "The likes of (Brenton) Lawrence and (Jason) King, this year you have seen them excel in the games they have played.

      "(Anthony) Watmough is always there and (Justin) Horo to name but a few

      "Their pack for me is really aggressive, their line speed is through the roof, so it is going to be a tough ask for us in the middle this week."

      Both sides will be without their State of Origin stars with the Dogs hardest hit by the absence of their NSW halves Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds.

      Bulldogs coach Des Hasler has identified shutting down in-form Manly fullback Brett Stewart as crucial to Canterbury's hopes. Hasler and Stewart combined for Manly's 2011 premiership win.

      "He has just got that experience, not just that but he has been playing for such a long time at that level (of play)," Hasler said.

      "He is a real competitor as well, he just brings that class, he knows when to step it up.

      "He is very good for them defensively as well.

      "He shifts them and moves them well around the park.

      "So it is always good to have someone with that experience."

      James MacSmith

      http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-sport/critics-stirred-manly-hornets-nest-20140703-3b974.html
       
    2. RiverEagle

      RiverEagle New Member

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      Oh that's just the usual reverse-psychology at work!

      Our blokes won't relax just because the Pom plays nice...lol!

      It's not just what the media and the ''experts'' say about Manly.
      The internal culture and long-term standards of excellence ensure we will always be there or thereabouts.

      Just as they are smart enough to not get carried away by the favouritism tag, so too they wouldn't take too much notice of the negative talk.

      Same as ALL the talk of internal unhappiness seems to have come and gone with our boys rolling to the top with class and a smile.

      Say whatever you like, good or bad ; Manly will be Manly.
       
    3. MissKate

      MissKate Well-Known Member Premium Member

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      The two bits I liked were

      “(Anthony) Watmough is always there". - wrong, he is currently suspended

      “their line speed is through the roof" - but not because we are offside like your players always are
       
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    4. Chip and Chase

      Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      Tape your ears up boys, sounds like James Graham might be champing at the bit for a big effort.
       
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    5. RiverEagle

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      Well if Suarez can sink to that tactic for a 3rd time, it's possible Graham could resort to an encore (or entrée) performance.

      To be fair, he sounds like he's more in the mood for a ''love-bite'' with our blokes there!
       
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