Can you see what's beginning to be muttered by the media, other coaches, and the fans (of all teams): Manly's defence is brutal and it will hurt you; they hit you in packs and bend you backwards (and over if you are that way inclined). I think one media analystÂ got it right when he said, the opposition are forced to go side ways and take the softer option. I think this is a fantastic and an intimidating reputation to have. There is a new and fresh presence about the 2011 team. And I know it's only round 3, but it is the defence that is laying the platform. This isn't razzle-dazzle stuff of brilliant individuals. This is stuff premierships are made of. This is stuff that can only be accomplished if your head is in the game; switched on; focused on the one job; and united with your team mates. I like what Des is doing in the minds of this years team. There will be some weeks when players are playing injured and don't step up to their usual presence. It is hard to be switched on every week. But if these 'mighty Manly men' can be switched on across the park more consistently than other teams, then it will be their mongrel that intimidates and gets them home.