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Manly's Hall to miss NRL decider

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Guest, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    +0 /0
    Manly's Hall to miss NRL decider

    You can't help but feel sorry for Manly prop Glenn Hall.

    Hall did not miss an NRL game all season for the Sea Eagles until injury struck in round 24 against the New Zealand Warriors.

    He was told he wouldn't play again, but has defied the early diagnosis to get his shoulder fit for the Sea Eagles finals campaign.

    But the form of Manly's interchange bench - which includes Steve Menzies, Jack Afamasaga, Adam Cuthbertson and Mark Bryant - means Hall can't reclaim his jersey and is likely to miss Sunday's grand final with Melbourne.

    Hall has been named on an extended seven-man bench for the Sea Eagles, but coach Des Hasler is unlikely to change the 17-man side that won last week's preliminary final over North Queensland.

    Hall, Travis Burns and Matt Ballin are again likely to drop off the bench.

    "I hope 18th man gets a ring," said Hall.

    "Play or not play, just to be here and experience this is pretty special.

    "I'd obviously be disappointed to miss out. I trained hard all preseason and all year but Dessy's obviously got some wiseness behind his ears and knows what he is doing so I'll support his decision."

    Hall said he was initially devastated when he hurt his shoulder against the Warriors.

    "I was filthy, it was like the third tackle of the game," he said.

    "At first they told me I was out for the rest of the year but then I got good news during the week saying I could be back and I was able to get back into training."

    But doing the hard yards at training has not been enough for Hall to reclaim his seat on the bench, the 26-year-old journeyman a victim of Manly's own success.

    "Everyone that has come in because of an injury has stood up and made themselves accountable," said Hall.

    "It's probably the reason we've got to where we've got to now. Everyone coming off the bench has come on and played well for each other."

    Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy named an unchanged side for the grand final, but added four players onto an extended bench.

    James Aubusson, Garret Crossman, Adam Blair and Sika Manu were added to the side which beat Parramatta last week, but they are not expected to play unless injury strikes.
  2. Stuey Davis Socks

    Stuey Davis Socks Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +575 /4
    Manly's Hall to miss NRL decider

    Even if Hall is 85-90% fit, I'd prefer him over Jack A.
  3. Corso_Pete

    Corso_Pete Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +46 /0
    Manly's Hall to miss NRL decider

    My daughter works with Glen's partner. Apparently he is absolutley shattered at missing out on the starting 17.
  4. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    Manly's Hall to miss NRL decider

    You really have to feel sorry for him, Like SDS just said I also would prefer him over big jack
  5. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    +9,387 /402
    Manly's Hall to miss NRL decider

    I can suggest many ways in which Hall is better than Afamsaga. I can't work that theory the other way around.
  6. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member

    +516 /0
    Manly's Hall to miss NRL decider

    Agreed Ryan. If Hall is fit then he must be preferred over 'Turnstyle Jack'.
  7. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +972 /7
    Manly's Hall to miss NRL decider

    He would be a definite starter for mine. I can feel an MSE petition coming on.

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