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Matai

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  1. Loobs

    Loobs I am not really Scott Penn Premium Member

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    SEA Eagles stalwart Steve Matai wants to take on a lead role in the rebuilding of the club where he has played for the past 11 years.

    After he recently signed a new contract, arguably the NRL’s most fearsome centre opened up about where he saw the club’s future.

    And while Manly has been hit by a tsunami of drama, Matai says the Sea Eagles have the solid foundations to weather the storm.

    “We still have our senior players – Killer (Jamie Lyon), Brett (Stewart), Matt Ballin and myself here for another few years,” he said.

    “If we can get the young boys to buy into the culture, we will be OK. We have a lot of Polynesian players here now and I want to be that player they look up to and they look to try and emulate.”

    Matai said when he joined the Sea Eagles as a 20-year-old in 2005 it was senior players Kylie Leuluai and John Hopoate who were a big help to him. “It was an easy transition for me so I try to take that and apply it to the new guys coming through,” he said.

    He was referring to young talent like Ligi Sao, Michael Chee Kam and Dumanis Lui.

    And while it is tough times at the Sea Eagles after four straight losses, Matai has seen the club fight through similar situations before.

    “In 2009, after winning the premiership in ’08, I think we lost the first five rounds,” he said.

    “I have been there before and I know what it takes to turn it around – we all just need to focus and have trust in each other and have faith in our defensive structures and attacking structures.

    “We just need to get some momentum going forward in the next few weeks and hopefully we can do that and carry it on through the second half of the year.”

    Matai hurt his neck in last Saturday’s defeat against Penrith but expects to take on the Bulldogs on Friday night at ANZ Stadium.
     
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    • weev

      weev Well-Known Member

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      Unleash the Matai!
       
    • c eagle

      c eagle Well-Known Member

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      My man love for matai has just increased
       
    • globaleagle

      globaleagle Deux bourbons s'il vous plait Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      Hooray!

      Matai - man of action! :)
       
    • Killer03

      Killer03 Well-Known Member

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      More of these articles please!

      This is exactly what we need to hear from our senior playing group. Ballin has shown how much he loves the place and wants to be there, and now Skivvi is saying this!!
       
    • BOZO

      BOZO Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      I wish we had forwards that ran as hard and hit as hard as Matai !!!
       
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      • anthonyb1965

        anthonyb1965 GO Manly Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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        Manly Legend!
         
      • Clint

        Clint . Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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        Great stuff.
        Exactly the right article to get me pumped for tomorrow night.
        C'mon boys, smash those bulldogs.
         
      • Dee Why Eagle

        Dee Why Eagle Well-Known Member

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        Not a huge fan of Matai in the earlier days.
        But have been totally stoked with his performance over the last few years.

        He has now well & truly surpassed that with his attitude. One of the core (probably with Lyon & Ballin) of whom I have no doubt put in 100% total effort. Hopefully this shames some of the others to ditch their dummies & take up arms!!!:punch:

        The real Manly to re-emerge against the dogs!!!
         
      • niccipops

        niccipops un echidna spillo mia bevanda Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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        Dear Stevie
        I know it's not February 14th and I am not a 14 year old high-schooler so I shouldn't be thinking like this but..... will you be my valentine?
        :h:Nicci
        Alright, ignore that pathetic-ness. Matai smashes the opposition to pieces, is a Manly legend and I love him.
         
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        • the mauler

          the mauler Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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          I thought he wanted out again?? Doesn't sound like it to me.
           
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          • The Who

            The Who Well-Known Member

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            Great article. Great player. Great Manly man. If every player had his attitude we'd be closer to the top of the ladder than on the bottom.
             
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            • robbiea

              robbiea Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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              When you read between the lines you can tell he really wants out .


              @;) That's sarcasm ..
               
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              • mjb136

                mjb136 MWSE fanatic Premium Member

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                sums it up for me.
                 
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                • OneEyedEagle

                  OneEyedEagle Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                  It's all DOOM AND GLOOM @:mad: :eek::rolleyes:

                  Love your inspiration Skivvy :clap::clap::clap:
                   
                • Loobs

                  Loobs I am not really Scott Penn Premium Member

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                  Similar story in the Australian too. That one was from the Daily.

                  Good to hear the senior guys are focused.
                   
                • Pittwater Legend

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                  Steve has been my favourite player since he came into first grade. I even watched him come up through premier league.

                  Love reading an article like this in a time of need.
                   
                • lsz

                  lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                  I just love him

                  (as an aside this video never ever gets old - god i love that hit on Smith in 2008)
                   
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                  • tookey

                    tookey Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                    Can we clone him 16 times. A team of Matai's would be difficult to beat
                     
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                    • bob dylan

                      bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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                      Great stuff.

                      Now lets give them Dogs a run for their money.
                       
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