I’m going in. We had this game until DCE decided to kick on the 2nd tackle for no reason and hand all momentum over to Parra. This is not the first time this season (or in the last 5 years) that he’s come up with a bad play to turn things against us.
He’s moved into 3rd all time for Manly games played yet has one premiership to show for it - in his rookie year with a completely stacked team that won 40-0 without him a few years before. Since signing his incredibly overpriced contract he’s won 2 (yes 2!!!) finals games against very weak Sharks and Roosters teams. In that time we’ve missed 5/8 finals.
Compared to other Manly players with 200+ games like Cliffy, Beaver, the Stewarts, Choc and Killer who have all won multiple premierships he has failed miserably whilst stealing the majority of our salary cap, causing us to lose key players like AFB, Koroisau + Lane & Gutho who tore us to shreds tonight. He is the key problem at the club and until he leaves, we are heading into a deep deep hole
It’s very hard to argue against any of this. I’m not a DCE hater at all but that 2nd tackle kick 100% swung the game. We won the field position battle the set before and where in a good spot ball in hand. That changed the momentum for the game and took the wind right out our sails.