So frustrating to see the opposition winning the contact in both attack & defence. Its both an attitude & confidence area - key ingredients for a successful team. Opposition halves are looking like world class superstars as the attackers are playing the ball almost as quickly as a game of touch footy!! The domino effect has our defensive line going backwards offering time & space to cut holes through a backpeddling defence causing linebreaks & in general, 70 metre sets creating great field position & ensuring Manly start the set inside their 10m line just hacking it up. In attack its the opposite, with their defenders hitting harder & in numbers dominating the tackle - slowing it down & ensuring the defence is all set & coming up again the next tackle picking off the obvious ball runner again in numbers.... Its tough for ANY halves to get a team forward in these conditions but must admit the halves looked disinterested in that 1st half when the game was on the line & came to life when it was too little - too late. The ONLY way to win that ruck area is by winning that contact & getting 2nd & 3rd men in to dominate the attacker on his back, buying time to set the defensive line & get up & hit again, or be punished by these 100km play the balls that leak big points - quickly.....if that was Souths/Roosters it would have been 44 - 4 at half time. Really hope this area tightens up in coming weeks starting with Penrith...... Agree with the thread stating we lack dummy half metres but the fact is, we could have Segeyaro or Luke bouncing out from dummy half without success due to losing the contact & offering pedestrian play the balls....when todays game is won in the middle from the speed of the play the ball.