Last year most Manly fans were happy just to make the top 8 and despite the shellacking at Parra not too many supporters headed off to North Head to finish it all. One thinks that expectations are much higher this year given the season we have enjoyed. I have always said that there are two comps in the season: first is to get there and then the real one starts. It has been shown over and over that three good games at the right time of the year will win the comp. What should our realistic expectations be??? Should we be happy to last to week two and bravely falter? Do we expect to last till week 3 or make the Grand Final. Four other teams are class outfits and will be very hard to beat - Melbourne, Dogs, Dragons and Broncos. I rate them the favourites. The good thing is that we have got to third (with one week to go) playing a style of footy that will be successful in the semis. Big issue is whether we can make a step up and play under pressure in the big games. It has been good that we have had so many pressure games inteh apst few weeks as that has helped us to grow as a team. The Melbourne game may well be a strong indication as to how we are going to travel in September as it is all on the line. To slip from 3rd to 6th would be desperately unlucky but it could happen.