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Manly played like men possessed (News Ltd Article)

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Jado, May 8, 2013.

  1. Jado

    Jado Member

    +23 /0
    This article is great, as it tells the underlying heroic efforts of Manly to win Monday's game, which the match summary articles failed to reveal. Again another surprise from News. Good to see.


    IT'S been rated as one of the gutsiest wins in Manly's proud history - and Fox Sports Stats show Monday night's thriller over the Dragons also equalled the record for the least possession of a winning team since 2007.

    With only 39 per cent of possession for the game, Manly somehow held on to beat St George Illawarra 24-18 for what must be the NRL equivalent of the impossible win.

    Manly led 18-0 midway through the first half before the Dragons hit back with four straight tries to level at 18-all.

    At that point the Sea Eagles looked gone before a late try to Jorge Taufua got them home.

    The previous record low possession percentage by a winning team was the Gold Coast's 39 in their win over Cronulla in 2011 - while five other games dating back to 2007 show teams winning with 41 per cent.

    Yesterday Manly great Bob Fulton rated it one of the most courageous wins he'd seen by a Manly team while coach Geoff Toovey was last night still just as proud of his players as he was immediately after the game.

    "It was tough, alright," he said. "It was definitely up there (with the best he has seen). Some of the forwards worked themselves to a standstill."T

    oovey then rattled off the tackle counts with great pride.

    Glenn Stewart finished with 42, Matt Ballin had 39, Anthony Watmough 38, Brent Kite 30, Brenton Lawrence 34 ... and on it went.

    "And you remember we had some quality players missing so it was a very pleasing performance," the Manly coach said.

    "We have some experienced heads and some youth and that is what you need."
  2. Brissie Kid

    Brissie Kid Well-Known Member

    +1,176 /19
    If Manly had 39% possession for the entire game, then it must have been something like 20% for the last 55 minutes of the game.
  3. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +19,025 /367
    This game was a great precursor for finals footy.

    Manly have added yet another layer of resilience to their armour :angel:

    That dumb game at AAMI last year was due to panic spreading from a few mistakes.
    This game showed the Boys that they do not have to stress out over mistakes, they are just an element, and not the script, to a game :idea: Same goes for bad Ref calls and weather shifts during a game.
  4. Clint

    Clint . Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +2,172 /34
    Great stuff oovey. oovey would be happy with the tackling efforts of the boys especially as oovey was such a terrific tackler himself.
    In oovey we trust.
  5. Wolfpack

    Wolfpack Well-Known Member

    +310 /0
    Re: RE: Manly played like men possessed (News Ltd Article)

    Ooves is the est.
  6. Hamster Huey

    Hamster Huey Space Invader Premium Member

    +1,178 /9
    In Ooves We Rust!!!
  7. Moondog

    Moondog What's up Darth? Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +5,246 /51
    Uh-oh, " Manly Play Like Men Possessed".
    Tomorrows headline " Sea Eagles Make Deal With The Devil"
  8. Ralphie

    Ralphie Well-Known Member Premium Member

    +2,946 /287
    Oovey Oovey Oovey oi oi oi !!!!!!
  9. MissKate

    MissKate Well-Known Member Premium Member

    +1,621 /7
    I thought I read somewhere that we went through a 20min period of the game when we only had 20% possession. When you add to that the extra players the dragqueens had (the guys who washed their red/white jerseys and turned them pink) it gives an indication on just how bad the queens played.
  10. globaleagle

    globaleagle Je saisis mon chapeau. Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +13,320 /117

    I think you mean:

    Oovey Oovey Oovey i i i !!!!!!
  11. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

    +5,118 /51
    The Daily Telegraph is truly one of the finest publications in Australia. They have some of the best journos on their payroll, and they have a genuine understanding of the game and know a great side when they see one. I've always said that. Lets hear it for the Daily Telegraph!!

    (sarcasm implied)
  12. Moondog

    Moondog What's up Darth? Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +5,246 /51
    It certainly is. I just wish they'd print it on softer paper.
  13. MissKate

    MissKate Well-Known Member Premium Member

    +1,621 /7
    Why, what has your backside ever done to deserve that!
  14. BOZO

    BOZO Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +7,338 /381
    Well done 2V and the boys . Proud to be a Sea eagle !!!
  15. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

    +1,475 /8
    Who was the journalist ? (cough) as I refuse to click on their link
  16. Utility Player

    Utility Player Well-Known Member

    +514 /6
    Paul Crawley
  17. Brissie Kid

    Brissie Kid Well-Known Member

    +1,176 /19
    Well done.
  18. simon64

    simon64 Well-Known Member Premium Member

    +2,544 /32
    There's no T in Oovey.
  19. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

    +7,204 /105
    Geoff T. Oovey
  20. EagleFromMay1967

    EagleFromMay1967 Sky Punching : send them High as the Clouds

    +1,371 /49
    Who owns the Telegraph. ? Who finances the Scum ? Who pays for the 'additional' match payments for scum 'stars' ? Who taps into the phones of parents, show biz celebrities, pollies etc ??

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