MANLY may be the team every NRL rival club dislikes and that suits their prop Brenton Lawrence just fine.
“There is something weird about it, it is uplifting,” the key member of the Manly engine room said.
“I think one of the best signs in the crowd is ‘Guess what? Manly hates you too’.
”I’m speaking for the crowd, not the players.”
The feelings the Sea Eagles stretch to the days in the 1970s and 80s when Manly were labelled the “silvertails” under the reign of their legendary administrator Ken Arthurson.
One of their fiercest rivalries which started in that period was against Parramatta, their opponents this Sunday.
“We don’t dwell on thing like that but we know they are there,” Lawrence said.
“I think there is a bit of a rivalry with every club, everyone seems to want to beat Manly and it’s good to be a part of that and we always want to beat Parramatta,” Lawrence said.
And he admitted he harboured the same feelings before he joined Manly last year.
“Everyone just seems to have that northern beaches passion or they don’t,” Lawrence said.