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The Manly Sea Eagles have failed to capitalise on their easy draw

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  1. swoop

    swoop Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    by: Christian Nicolussi
    From: The Daily Telegraph
    July 28, 2012

    WHEN it comes to the NRL's biggest under-achievers this season, look no further than the Sea Eagles.

    According to Fox Sports Stats, Manly have had the easiest schedule in the first 20 rounds.

    The premiers are the only club to have played the bottom four-placed clubs not once, but twice. They were Parramatta, Penrith, the Roosters and Dragons before this weekend kicked off.

    And the Sea Eagles have played the top four clubs the least. In fact, they haven't faced third-placed South Sydney or fourth-placed North Queensland.

    Yet Manly sit in just seventh place and will travel a staggering 12,000km over the next fortnight.

    First up are the Warriors in Perth tonight, followed by the Cowboys in Townsville and the Bunnies in Gosford.

    Coach Geoff Toovey said his side had let a few close games slip and, like most coaches in the NRL, would have expected to be sitting further up the ladder.

    "There's no doubt there are some games that we have let slip," Toovey said.

    "I think Parramatta the first time we played them (round five) wasn't a great exhibition, and the loss to Penrith (in round 12) was also a disappointing game for us.

    "But the next six weeks will test our team. It will be a test for most of the teams in the top eight and there will be a lot of jostling for positions.

    "It will be about application and putting experience and knowledge into practice."

    The Sea Eagles have no shortage of big-game experience, having featured in three of the past five grand finals for two wins (2008 and 2011).

    To be fair, they have had a shocking run with injuries. They include a hamstring strain to Brett Stewart, who flew to Perth with the team for the Warriors clash.

    But Toovey said his fullback remained "highly unlikely" and would be saved for next weekend.

    "He has flown over here and we were going to give him every opportunity, but it's not looking good," Toovey said.

    "He will do some running, but he's highly unlikely. All the travelling is not ideal, but the players are used to it and you have to deal with it."

    While Manly have played six games against teams in the top eight, Canberra and the Eels have done it the toughest - playing the teams in the top eight 11 times.

    The Sea Eagles have won eight of their past nine games against the Warriors, and the Kiwis have lost both their matches in Perth.

    Teams who finish in the top four this season are guaranteed not to drop out of the finals race if they lose in week one.

    Toovey said the aim was to finish in the top half of the finals, but it was also "not the be all and end all".

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/the-manly-sea-eagles-have-failed-to-capitalise-on-their-easy-draw/story-e6frexnr-1226437082984
     
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  2. swoop

    swoop Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    by: Christian Nicolussi
    From: The Daily Telegraph
    July 28, 2012

    WHEN it comes to the NRL's biggest under-achievers this season, look no further than the Sea Eagles.

    According to Fox Sports Stats, Manly have had the easiest schedule in the first 20 rounds.

    The premiers are the only club to have played the bottom four-placed clubs not once, but twice. They were Parramatta, Penrith, the Roosters and Dragons before this weekend kicked off.

    And the Sea Eagles have played the top four clubs the least. In fact, they haven't faced third-placed South Sydney or fourth-placed North Queensland.

    Yet Manly sit in just seventh place and will travel a staggering 12,000km over the next fortnight.

    First up are the Warriors in Perth tonight, followed by the Cowboys in Townsville and the Bunnies in Gosford.

    Coach Geoff Toovey said his side had let a few close games slip and, like most coaches in the NRL, would have expected to be sitting further up the ladder.

    "There's no doubt there are some games that we have let slip," Toovey said.

    "I think Parramatta the first time we played them (round five) wasn't a great exhibition, and the loss to Penrith (in round 12) was also a disappointing game for us.

    "But the next six weeks will test our team. It will be a test for most of the teams in the top eight and there will be a lot of jostling for positions.

    "It will be about application and putting experience and knowledge into practice."

    The Sea Eagles have no shortage of big-game experience, having featured in three of the past five grand finals for two wins (2008 and 2011).

    To be fair, they have had a shocking run with injuries. They include a hamstring strain to Brett Stewart, who flew to Perth with the team for the Warriors clash.

    But Toovey said his fullback remained "highly unlikely" and would be saved for next weekend.

    "He has flown over here and we were going to give him every opportunity, but it's not looking good," Toovey said.

    "He will do some running, but he's highly unlikely. All the travelling is not ideal, but the players are used to it and you have to deal with it."

    While Manly have played six games against teams in the top eight, Canberra and the Eels have done it the toughest - playing the teams in the top eight 11 times.

    The Sea Eagles have won eight of their past nine games against the Warriors, and the Kiwis have lost both their matches in Perth.

    Teams who finish in the top four this season are guaranteed not to drop out of the finals race if they lose in week one.

    Toovey said the aim was to finish in the top half of the finals, but it was also "not the be all and end all".

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/the-manly-sea-eagles-have-failed-to-capitalise-on-their-easy-draw/story-e6frexnr-1226437082984
     
  3. Darren

    Darren Well-Known Member

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    Let's blame Des
     
  4. Darren

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    Let's blame Des
     
  5. Eagles2nv

    Eagles2nv New Team, New Beginnings 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    More rubbish from the Telecrap.

    We also played our first 6 games away from home, have been plagued with injuries and Ludacris suspensions, and had to deal with a heap of off field BS.

    Also the dragqueens are no write off (statistically there our boogy team), we beat the chooks both times.

    We have also beaten the dogs, tigpies and donkeys.
     
  6. Eagles2nv

    Eagles2nv New Team, New Beginnings 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    More rubbish from the Telecrap.

    We also played our first 6 games away from home, have been plagued with injuries and Ludacris suspensions, and had to deal with a heap of off field BS.

    Also the dragqueens are no write off (statistically there our boogy team), we beat the chooks both times.

    We have also beaten the dogs, tigpies and donkeys.
     
  7. The Who

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    Let's face it, we have been disappointing when playing teams we should beat, especially Parra, Penrith and Newcastle. But we do aim up when challenged by a stronger team. They are the teams we will face in the finals, so there is still hope for us.
     
  8. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

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    Let's face it, we have been disappointing when playing teams we should beat, especially Parra, Penrith and Newcastle. But we do aim up when challenged by a stronger team. They are the teams we will face in the finals, so there is still hope for us.
     
  9. globaleagle

    globaleagle Où est mon chapeau Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    we got 'em right where we want 'em.

    underneath the radar we go!!
     
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  10. globaleagle

    globaleagle Où est mon chapeau Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    we got 'em right where we want 'em.

    underneath the radar we go!!
     
  11. niccipops

    niccipops un echidna spillo mia bevanda Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    That article is one big load of utter crap.
     
  12. niccipops

    niccipops un echidna spillo mia bevanda Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    That article is one big load of utter crap.
     
  13. mickqld

    mickqld Sack Greenslime 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    We should not have lost to Titans at brookie and 1 of either Storm or Dogs. That would put us on 28pts but I think 24pts is an accurate reflection of our form. There's 12 points up for grabs. 30 would probably get us in 8th which is doable. 34pts needed for top 4 because our f/a is crap that's 1 more loss only which I can't see happening.
     
  14. mickqld

    mickqld Sack Greenslime 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    We should not have lost to Titans at brookie and 1 of either Storm or Dogs. That would put us on 28pts but I think 24pts is an accurate reflection of our form. There's 12 points up for grabs. 30 would probably get us in 8th which is doable. 34pts needed for top 4 because our f/a is crap that's 1 more loss only which I can't see happening.
     
  15. KOMORI

    KOMORI Born and bred an Eagle

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    Our destiny is in our hands. Simples. Can't change what's happened so why worry about, simply focus on upcoming matches and win this comp.

    Sorted :)
     
  16. KOMORI

    KOMORI Born and bred an Eagle

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    Our destiny is in our hands. Simples. Can't change what's happened so why worry about, simply focus on upcoming matches and win this comp.

    Sorted :)
     
  17. Boozo

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    Nor did the DT article mention that Manly have to deal with bias refereeing most weeks
     
  18. Boozo

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    Nor did the DT article mention that Manly have to deal with bias refereeing most weeks
     

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