Eagles to keep out of dragons fire

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Manly Daily
THE in-form Manly Sea Eagles have vowed not to get dragged into the St George/Illawarra soap opera as they prepare to put their undefeated record on the line at WIN Stadium on Saturday night.

The proud Dragons are winless after four rounds and sit anchored to the floor of the NRL table amid rumours coach Nathan Brown faces the sack.

The players were heard arguing among each other as they slid to a heavy defeat in Canberra last Saturday night.

The Saints camp has held crisis talks, consulted life coaches and brought in boxing world champion Kostya Tszyu all in a bid to recover from their worst-ever start to a season.

In stark contrast, Manly are riding high on top of the competition after three straight wins and a bye.

But Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler has warned his side against being sidetracked by the dramas at Kogarah.

``Sooner or later they are going to come good and we've just got to make sure it's not this weekend,'' he said last night.

``We know that WIN Stadium at 7.30 on Saturday night will not be an easy place to be. But our preparation has been all about us, we're not worried about what the opposition is doing.''

Manly forwards coach and ex- international Steve Roach says it's only a matter of time before the Dragons click.

``They've got one of the strongest playing rosters in the comp," he said.

``I can't believe they haven't won a game.

``They'll come good.

``They're in a bit of a hole but once they get that first win they'll be back.''

Strike centre Mark Gasnier returns for the Saints while Terry Hill and Chris Hicks have both been named in Manly's starting line- up.
Journey Man
I still think this wont be their week to bounce back. once we break their back the point will come flooding through - maybe even quicker than the first 20 mins of the sharks game
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24 18 6 209 38
24 17 7 272 36
24 16 8 119 34
24 15 9 247 32
24 15 9 201 32
24 14 10 130 30
24 14 10 63 30
24 13 11 -36 28
24 12 12 -100 26
24 9 15 -105 20
24 7 17 -192 16
24 6 18 -205 14
24 6 18 -290 14
24 6 18 -292 14
24 4 20 -327 10
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