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Matai good for Manly NRL return: Toovey

Discussion in 'News' started by Jethro, Aug 21, 2014.

By Jethro on Aug 21, 2014 at 7:11 PM
  1. Jethro

    Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Manly coach Geoff Toovey says Steve Matai will return from a shoulder injury for Friday's round-24 NRL clash with Parramatta, as the Sea Eagles seek to deliver a telling blow to the Eels' finals hopes.


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Discussion in 'News' started by Jethro, Aug 21, 2014.

    1. Jethro

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      Manly coach Geoff Toovey says Steve Matai will return from a shoulder injury for Friday's round-24 NRL clash with Parramatta, as the Sea Eagles seek to deliver a telling blow to the Eels' finals hopes[​IMG].

      Star centre Matai will run out on Pirtek Stadium two weeks after being the victim of South Sydney's controversial wrestling tactics.

      They face an Eels side keen for revenge for their round-three loss after which captain Jarryd Hayne claimed the blue and golds were "robbed" by the referees, after a number of late calls went against them.

      Toovey says Matai's return is vital as Manly vie to keep their hold on the minor premiership.

      "Steve Matai, we are pretty confident he will play," Toovey said at training on Thursday.

      "It is his last run today as he recovers from that shoulder injury from a couple of weeks ago, so that will help us out.

      "He should play. We have to get those combinations going - that is important. It is going to be a very tough match against Parramatta.

      "If everyone comes through unscathed, those tough encounters are very good in the lead-up to the semi-finals.

      "We were probably lucky to get away with a win in the first encounter; they probably thought they should have won that game."

      A win for the ninth-placed Eels could push them into the top eight, if the Warriors or North Queensland lose on the weekend.

      Manly remain on top of the competition ladder, one win ahead of Souths, who host the Cowboys on Saturday night.

      Manly utility Jamie Buhrer said Matai's return was crucial for last year's grand finalists.

      "His return is huge for us. He comes up with so many big plays during the game and it is not always the flashy step for a try," Buhrer said.

      "He puts his hand up for a lot of tough stuff in yardage. When we might be getting pounded in a corner, he will put his hand up and just burrow into the line and get that quick play the ball that gets us on the roll.

      "He is just the kind of bloke you want around the team. He has got such a good attitude and it is infectious.

      "So to have him back, and hopefully he is 100 per cent going to into the finals, he is a very important piece."
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    2. niccipops

      niccipops un echidna spillo mia bevanda Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      well he's very welcome.:heart:
       
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    3. dowdz

      dowdz Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      Woohoo. Much needed return for this game
       
    4. globaleagle

      globaleagle Où est mon chapeau Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      probably not match fit. should come back via the reggies!
       
    5. manlyfan76

      manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      NYC would be the preferred option.
       
    6. ALinda

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      I second that :)
       
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    7. Killer03

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      I hope he does exactly what he was doing before the rabbitohs game.....running straight and hard! His running is such a devastating weapon for that left edge.

      Be good for the left edge to have a few weeks together before we start the semis.
       

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