At the risk of sounding like a fanboy, the riff players made so many ‘extra efforts’ to win that game…
For example, Moses Leota running the decoy and then watching the play and taking off again to support Clearys break and ultimately score the try… 80% of props switch off once they are through the line I reckon…
And what about Scott Sorenson playing the ball, watching the play and being switched on enough to sprint back out of the line when he saw Cleary step back towards him…
if he stands and stares it is London-to-a-brick that a donkey player throws himself into Sorensons back and the try is disallowed for an obstruction…
This obviously has a lot to do with player’s attitudes and desire to stay in the game but credit must go to the coaching staff because the desire and effort is ingrained in the team 1-17 (hell, 1-57 probably…)
I realise that the riff missed some tackles that led to tries but generally they were beaten by speed (speed of the PTB in fleglers case) and deception (Tago’s effort on Walsh not his greatest moment tho)
I would love to see that kind of ability to not ‘switch off’ ingrained in our squad…
No. Very early on, he showed no loyalty to the club that spawned him.
The funny part was he was off to Norths in ‘94 to play fullback, only for Matt Seers to push him into the centres.
At least he met his future wife, Josh Stewart’s sister. She has a jawline rivalling Ivan’s.*
*There might have been something Freudian going on there.
I know I am preaching to the converted here and it would have been great to have a crystal ball handy back in 1993. However as you mention the club wanted to retain him, he chose to leave.As a goal kicking fullback though, I can't blame him for leaving because we already had Matthew Ridge.
Funny thing is he went to Norths to be their goal kicking fullback ... only they then went and signed Jason Taylor so there went the goal kicking duties, and then Cleary got injured in the 1994 pre-season which saw Matt Seers emerge as their fullback and so coach Peter Louis played him at centre for 2 years. So what he signed to do, he never did at Norths. It took going to Easts under Gus Gould from 1996 for him to be a full time goal kicking fullback.
IIRC, it was mentioned about him playing centre at Manly while we had Ridge, but Cleary rejected the idea saying he wanted to play fullback. Then it turned out he would play 2 years at centre anyway.....
Manly have a talented team with match winners who can win games with their individual brilliance.Penrith do every little 1 percenters ova and ova that our players don't do.
And they are extremely fit.
Manly have no hope without a complete attitude and training 180.
Can Seibs provide that environment?
I'd say since about the mid 2000's the quality of athletes has stayed pretty static.They are professional footballers I refuse to believe "getting fitter" is a thing. For what it is worth the panthers dominance by their big men mean they are under so much less pressure which leads to less fatigue etc