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Sea Eagles plotting stealth course

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by DVS Matt, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. DVS Matt

    DVS Matt Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +29 /0
    Sea Eagles plotting stealth course
    By Paul Kent
    July 10, 2008 MANLY like playing Cronulla in big games; every time the do, the Sea Eagles beat the Sharks.

    "We beat them in the '73 grand final and then again in '78," Manly media manager Peter Peters said. "They might have beaten us in one or two semi-finals but when it comes to the big ones we've always knocked them off."

    Peters is the former player, the current official and eternal agitator. And if no club enjoys winning like Manly, then no Manly great quite likes winning like Peters.
    "Yeah," he said, "it's been a long time now. Since '67. The beach boys are bringing it on again."

    Saturday's game marks 30 years since that grand final, and it comes as the teams hold down two of the three spots of joint leader. Come Saturday, they know that one must fall. Typically, it has led to a deliberately low-key approach from both clubs as around them the hype goes wild.

    Teams make a league, but blockbusters make a competition.

    Peters's taunts are trauma to the ears of Manly coach Des Hasler, a strong disciple of the school of deeds not words. Hasler's mantra is Under The Radar. So low under the radar does he try to fly with his Sea Eagles that he won't acknowledge to being under the radar, instead suddenly noticing that Cronulla are under the radar.

    "But we don't get fooled by that for one minute," he said. "They play mentally tough, grinding hard football. We're not a benchmark. The benchmark sides are the Melbournes, Roosters and Cronulla. We're just there to make the numbers up."

    If there is a problem with being under the radar, it is that it can actually work - as was seen in the recent State of Origin series.

    When 34 players ran out in Origin III, for instance, only one Manly player was among them. On the bench. Brent Stewart was benched despite a strike-rate of a try in every four matches he plays.

    Brent Kite missed the call even though he is a current Australia prop. Matt Orford is a victim of his early reputation, no one catching up on his game and where it has lifted to. Josh Perry is invisible since leaving Newcastle. And nobody can see Anthony Watmough behind him.

    "That doesn't bother us at all," Hasler said. "It doesn't even enter into our thinking.

    "We have probably benefited from it, to be honest, being able to keep our continuity, keep winning through the Origin series.

    "That's the way it goes. If you get picked, great, if you don't, life goes on."

    Occasionally though, frustrations have been picked up above the radar, as Orford let slip after Manly's sixth consecutive win, against Gold Coast, last Friday.

    "They never put Manly in the act or rate us as a good-quality football team," he said. "That's fine by us ... we are confident in what we're doing here."

    Confident, and heading to Toyota Stadium, where it is cold and windy, and that's just the welcome from the fans.

    While Manly like playing Cronulla in big games because they always win, the appeal for Cronulla is just as strong, according to Peters, who put it as only a Manly die-hard could.

    "Cronulla," he said. "They like playing us because every time they've got to the grand final, we've knocked them off."
  2. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

    +2,763 /88
    Thanks Zorba! for giving Sticky plenty of ammunitiion to fire up his side.
  3. eggson

    eggson Well-Known Member

    +305 /2
    I'd hope our ammo is that we lost AT HOME in round 1.  if that doesn't fire the boys up then....who knows
  4. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

    +170 /1
    Nice one Paul Kent

    Is Brent Stewart our lightning fast frontrower??
  5. eggson

    eggson Well-Known Member

    +305 /2
    I really hope we beat the Sharks more than the Storm right now... just to shut everyone up!!!  So much talk, it's annoying me! :p
  6. eagle_predator

    eagle_predator Active Member

    +0 /0
    Agree hope we belt em badly ****ing gold fish.
  7. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +3,894 /65
    Zorba, STFU old fella
  8. Bradza

    Bradza Well-Known Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +790 /9
    Does anyone else see a slight contradiction between the headline of the article and the content? It looks to me like both camps are trying to keep things quiet so Kent rang PP knowing he wouldn't be able to help himself.

    PONTIAN SEA EAGLE Well-Known Member

    +1,521 /114
    Sharks struggle to score tries so a close game will suite us our away record isn't to bad also.
  10. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

    +215 /5
    The fact that we lost the corresponding game in the first round will be good for us. We have to beat them to prove a point. Their centres are pretty sus defensively, especially Simmonds.
  11. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +972 /7
    I expect us to win well. Not super confident but took the $2.10 @ -4.5. If I could get set I would give away up to 10 pts.

    And Des "We're just there to make the numbers up", please don't let the players believe it. We are there for way, way much more than that!
  12. Jethro

    Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +2,307 /13
    I'm sure that it is just a line for the media dogs. No need to harass the hounds as they bite back with bad press. He knows we're better than "We're just there to make the numbers up" & I'm sure he would be telling his players exactly that.

    PONTIAN SEA EAGLE Well-Known Member

    +1,521 /114
    How about my prediction hey, this was my reply during the week.Did anyone go to the sharkies club next door after the game took us half an hour to get a beer.

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