If we bow out to the "injury ravaged" Roosters then it really shouldn't change how we view this season, yes we can be disappointed at the finish but can reflect on a great seson.
During stages of the season we too were "injury ravaged" but the simplistic view is we were missing Tom.
We are without our first choice hooker, we lost Sirro and Davey early ( Des' first choice 2nd rowers), also lost Boyle and Jetski, no Tom, no Walker, no Aloiai at stages of the season.
Suli started the season as a starting centre so Harper was a back up also.
I think at one stage we only had 21 of our 30 available.
Players like Garrick, Harper, Schu, Guac, Paseka, Sipley, Keppie & Croker have taken on greater responsibility because they had to. Lawton came to us injured and he's now a regular in the 17.
We need to really think that yes we finished fourth but could have been sixth.
Would finishing sixth and then bowing out be viewed upon more favourably?
It would be the same amount of losses for the season.
What if we started great, were Top 4 all year and then bombed at the end to finish sixth or seventh, is that perceived as a bigger disappointment?
Where we finish now is all in our perception really.
Coming fourth, a Prelim may be considered par but the odds on Panthers are now one game away from doom too, in fact all teams are now.
There was two points between the top three then a fair gap and only two points between 4-6 then another gap to the rest.
We were clearly in the top six so that is a huge plus mark to me.
To me, we've had a great season, won 15 of our last 20 games, whacked Parra twice, seen the emergence of a true superstar, the smile again on DCE's face, the rebirth of Foz and the future with Guac and Schu.
Three players in the Top 5 try scorers.
Garrick is the first point scorer to go over 300pts, he's in the record books forever.
There's a lot to like, Dally M night we'll have at least two getting awards, maybe three.
We desperately need the week off, we were redlining but on our day I'm confident we can beat anyone and that'll do me.
I'll leave it with this, I saw a mate on Saturday morning "Gee Stu, how did Manly go last night?" I replied with, "so what time are the Sharks playing this weekend?"
And that my friends is the tale of the tape.
We are not going to lose against the Roosters. It's not how the Manly story ends this season. Des will have the team completely refocused on winning this game. It is written, and so it shall be done. Go Manly.I think we will beat the roosters. If we somehow lose I would not consider this season a failure but rather a success based upon the potential demonstrated by this team during the year and the potential for next year. We have the basis of a very good team combined with some smart recruiting and valuable lessons learnt we will likely be contenders next year. GO Manly.
I just can't see us losing to the Roosters. I didn't think we would lose to the Storm I will admit but no way we lose to the Roosters.We are not going to lose against the Roosters. It's not how the Manly story ends this season. Des will have the team completely refocused on winning this game. It is written, and so it shall be done. Go Manly.