SEA Eagles skipper Jamie Lyon wants to show the way for the senior playing group in Monday’s vital match against Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.
“We have to get back on track on Monday and it is up to the senior players — myself very much included- to set the platform for the rest of the side.
“I personally didn’t have the involvement I would have liked against the Bulldogs but that game is behind us now and we get the chance to make amends on Monday.
“We just have to be more controlled with ball in hand and get off to a much better start. I’m confident we can do that against the Tigers but it will be a very tough game at a ground where they are always a difficult side to beat,” Lyon said.
The Tigers game will start a series of Monday appearances for the Sea Eagles in the first two months of the premiership.
After Monday the side play Cronulla, Gold Coast and North Queensland in the NRL’s most hated time slot.
DES SHOWS HIS TRUE COLOURS
SEA Eagles legend and premiership winning coach Des Hasler was all class after his Bulldogs side were too good for Manly in the first round of the premiership at Brookvale Oval last Friday.
“Manly will take time to form combinations and it will come in time. I have no doubt they will be a top side come the second half of the season,” Hasler said.
Hasler remains a proud life member of the Sea Eagles and retains a close interest in the club he took to titles in 2008 and 2011.
ROTTEN LUCK FOR SNAKE
CHAMPION fullback Brett Stewart can’t believe his lousy luck lately but says it has to turn for the better.
After a great off season Stewart strained a hamstring in the trial against Ipswich at Pittwater Park
and as a result he has missed the first two rounds of the premiership.
Away from football Stewart was enjoying success as part owner of a successful trotting horse
Zee Dana which was a recent winner of a NSW Derby heat and rated a very promising young pacer.
Zee Dana had won more than $90,000 in prizemoney and had compiled a record of six wins, three seconds and a third from just 13 starts.
In an incredible twist of fate Zee Dana was killed by a snake bite while spelling in a paddock with eight other horses in country Victoria.
“I’m shattered — who would believe that could happen?” Stewart said.