EVERY game....4 out of 5, the opposition has blown Manly off the park early & in the game we scored first, against Roosters, they also jumped out to an 8 point lead till we ran them down. The early collisions & impact seem a bit off the pace & once a team grabs early momentum in the ruck, it generally leads to points. This also leads to poor field position, fatigue & errors, one dimensional attack to get back into the arm wrestle & extra pressure on the kicking game. It's a great effort to have been a chance of winning 4 out of 5 - (not Dogs game) considering these starts. But let's be real - if it's Cows or Brisbane- we are down by 30 & lucky to finish within 40 as they choke us into submission, with a relentless ability far above the 5 games so far, including Dogs. Early days & Manly has more improvement than ANY other team to call on later in the season, but the head starts need to stop soon. It's a bad habit & potentially very draining playing catch ups every week. Blame Barrett, DCE, players too old ect....but the truth is it's a collective team effort that every player needs to buy into individually - recognise it - address it & play a more controlled game that will improve dramatically after getting into the contest from the whistle....not the 15 minute mark.