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Geoff Toovey desperate for Manly to keep winning form going against Newcastle

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Chip and Chase, May 9, 2015.

By Chip and Chase on May 9, 2015 at 5:35 PM
  1. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    EVEN Geoff Toovey doesn’t know which Manly side will run out against Newcastle at Brookvale Oval on Sunday afternoon.

    Manly go into the NRL clash only slightly more desperate to get a win on the board than the Knights.

    Sitting in bottom spot with just two wins, the pressure is beginning to pile on coach Toovey after a 2-6 start to 2015 and with questions being asked about the impending departures of star halves Kieran Foran and Daly Cherry-Evans.

    Manly eased the pressure valve slightly with a gutsy win over Melbourne before the repesentative round break.

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    Manly are 2-6 thus far in 2015. Picture Scott Barbour.

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    However, for Toovey, the week’s hiatus couldn’t have come at a worse time and he feared it had halted whatever momentum they had gained by beating the Storm.

    “That bye weekend may have thrown a spanner in the works,” he said.

    “It would have been nice to stay on that roll but we’re at home (against Newcastle).” The Knights will want to get their season back on track — after squandering their 4-0 start with four straight losses.

    But it’s Manly that are still down on troops and searching for answers to their attacking woes.

    While captain Jamie Lyon will return against the Knights, his inclusion is offset by the suspension of his centres partner Steve Matai and a hamstring injury to Foran.

    Manly will have to undergo yet another backline reshuffle with their instability contributing to their limp start to the year. Statistics show that Manly sit at the bottom of the league for the most important attacking statistics.

    According to Fox Sports Stats, Manly are making the fewest linebreaks (2.6 per game) and busting the fewest tackles (15.4 per game) in the NRL this season.

    They are also making the least metres of any team (1260m per game) and scoring the fewest points (13.5 per game) “We’re still bottom now ... But we know we can win if we can play some good football, it’s just a matter of producing it week-in and week-out,” Toovey said.

    “Unfortunately before the Melbourne game we lost a couple of close matches. We were in those games for most of the match but let it slip away. We just need to focus for 80 minutes.”

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sp... dailytelegraphnrlndm (Daily Telegraph | NRL)
     

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Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Chip and Chase, May 9, 2015.

    1. The Who

      The Who Well-Known Member

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      According to Fox Sports Stats, Manly are making the fewest linebreaks (2.6 per game) and busting the fewest tackles (15.4 per game) in the NRL this season.They are also making the least metres of any team (1260m per game) and scoring the fewest points (13.5 per game) . . .

      Things will improve, but our team looks slow, particularly when you watch the likes of the 'Riff, the Faders and the Gold Coke Titans. This is why our attack has been so impotent so far this season.
       
    2. Chip and Chase

      Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      Yeh those stats don't read well, but given that I doubt we have fielded the same team two weeks running then you can see why there is a lack of attacking cohesion.
       
    3. HoldenV8

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      When the forwards generally haven't been breaking the line and the usual line break suspects of Snake, Killer, Skivy and Jorge have been missing for most of the season so far, I'm not surprised we are only getting 2.6 breaks per game.
       
    4. Menzies11

      Menzies11 Well-Known Member

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      I'm surprised we have been getting that many. Points have been pretty hard to come buy
       
    5. SeaEagleRock8

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      If we hadn't lost Skivvy and Foran I'd be super confident. Instead I have fingers crossed but expect the Brookie Sunday crowd to get us over the line.
       
    6. Ryan

      Ryan Well-Known Member

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      Our backline still has Lyon, Stewart, Williams, Hiku, DCE, Taufua in it. We cant use Foran being injured as an excuse .
       
    7. SeaEagleRock8

      SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      I agree, no excuses. Toovey says he is worried about losing momentum over the bye weekend but that really should be a plus for our team.
       
    8. Ryan

      Ryan Well-Known Member

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      Toovey fears the break halts momentum? Come on Toovey, have more confidence than that !
       
    9. Terry Zarsoff

      Terry Zarsoff Well-Known Member

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      Presumably some 'smoke and mirrors' stuff from the coach. Like Zorba's suggestion in yesterday's MD that Goldie Jr. (Tommy S) would play 5/8 today.
       
    10. Ron E. Gibbs

      Ron E. Gibbs Well-Known Member

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      Matai missing is way more of a problem than Foran missing. Can't replace his presence out there.
       

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