Manly look to have dropped in intensity @ present, and Orford kind of looks dis interested. I put this down to the big rep let down for the poor bloke. We can all see how our attack out wide suffers without a quality centre there. That's the reason team like The Dragons and co. do ok if one of their big name centres drops, or has to go to 5/8....Good ol' Matt Cooper is waiting in the wings.
I hope this Burns saga doesn't affect our season.
We really need to lift, and BELT a team we play to improve 4 and against as well. That will be very important this year.
The way I see it as well....with Willow injured, we are fielding a stronger team than what we would if he's there. Rose adds more impact, and could play a second row type roll quite well in my opinion.