Whilst our season may have not gotten off to the start we were expecting, here are five things Sea Eagles supporters should be happy about.
1. Improvement from round one
Whilst round two wasn't a win, it sure was an improvement from the week prior. Visiting the Tigers at Leichhardt Oval was always going to be a tough task, but the boys put in a lot more effort than we saw in round one. Our defence was soft, but our attack had sparks of exciting intensity, scoring an impressive 24 points.
2. Brenton Lawrence's comeback
After spending the majority of the season on the sideline in 2015, Brenton Lawrence played his first NRL game in over a year. He came back firing as if he hadn't missed 25 first grade games. It is crazy to think around this time last year after tough back surgery he was learning to walk again, and now he's back on the field to his usual hard-hitting self.
3. The Trbojevic brothers
The Trbojevic brothers have had to step up a lot in the early rounds of this season. 19-year-old Tom has had to fill big shoes in the fullback role, and 22-year-old Jake played his first game at lock against the Tigers. Being the two youngest players in the line-up, these loveable local juniors enthusiasm and work ethic always puts a smile on Manly supporters' faces.
4. Matt Parcell
Do I need to say anymore? The utility back has been explosive every time he has entered the field. His creativity is so exciting to watch and I presume he won't be far off starting. In my opinion he is our best buy so far, and at only 23-years-old Matt Parcell has an extremely bright future
5. The Prince of Brookvale is near to return
Starting off the season without some of your best is always tough, and with the loss of Brett Stewart the team just wasn't complete. Coming out this week and stating that he is confident on return this Monday night sure made Sea Eagles fans react a little like this -
The Prince of Brookvale is an absolute asset to the team, and with him back in the side I think we will be much closer to finally getting a win! (+ a couple of others may disappear into reserve grade..)
Don't lose hope yet Manly fans, please remember it's only round two. Just think, last season the Cowboys lost their first three games!
Keep holding on and supporting the boys. Hope to see you all out at Brookie on Monday night!