Trial V Souths

Jay Eagle

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Most of our team for most of the game has been Blacktown Workers and they are hungry. Doing well.. as a club its got to be a good thing.

I wouldn't want to be south's 60 plus on the scoreboard.. demoralising .. even their supporters are growing a third head... in disbelief...Haha
Our whole squad here and on the field.. only a couple of Rabbits players on to congratulate their team mates..

That too me says a lot about this squads mentality

The Manly Mentality.. ALL IN for each other..

Reminds me of the 90s.. built around playing for each other..wonder if Seibs is going to fine players who miss vital takles. Ala Bozo..haha


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Why do you think souths would organise a trial game and then play noone there cared about for firsts?


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Tipping Member
Dear God (Allah), Vishnu, Buddha, Thor, Apollo, Shiva, Odin, Kali, Zeus, Amaterasu, and my goddess @NREagle , please, PLEASE all I ask for is 0 (yes, that's NO) injuries out of today. That's nil, zero, zilch - ankle sprains, knee injuries, (quad, hamstring, groin strains), hip pointer injuries, shoulder dislocations, Acromioclavicular sprains, (wrist, bicep & hand injuries), football concussions or any other ailment, contusion, break, strain, flex, bend - damn it, even erectile failure. Don't even fart in each others direction !

Give us one year oh mighty gods and goddesses. ONE !
Any injuries from the match?

If not, happy to take full credit thanks @Ryan

I should also point out I have no inside knowledge about erectile failure or farting amongst the squad.....

Bring on 2024!

The Wheel
Premium Member
Martin Gabor from Nca Newswire
February 11th, 2024 6:16 pm
Sea Eagles fans better start organising their ‘Brooksvale’ banners.
Anthony Seibold has spoken all pre-season about how he doesn’t want new recruit Luke Brooks to be the main man in a team stacked with attacking stars.
But for 40 minutes on a cloudy afternoon in Gosford, the former Wests Tigers halfback had his fingerprints on everything as Manly thumped a South Sydney side predominantly made up of reserve graders 68-

The man who never played finals footy during his 11 seasons with the Tigers will comfortably end that drought based on what we saw in a trial game that wasn’t officially part of the NRL’s pre-season challenge

The Sea Eagles were up 24-6 at halftime with Brooks setting up three tries before he was given an early mark.

It took just a few minutes for the five-eighth to weave his magic when he toed through a loose ball for Manly’s first try, while he combined well with his teammates on the left edge to set up the first of Ben Trbojevic’s three first-half tries.

He saved the best for last with a peach of a short ball for his back-rower to stroll over on the stroke of halftime, with Brooks only set to get better with Daly Cherry-Evans, Tom Trbojevic and Manly’s other big names back in the side.


Josh Schuster was meant to be the man to play outside Brooks on the left edge, but Ben Trbojevic’s performance on Sunday will make Seibold think twice when he names his squad for Las Vegas.

It’s been a frustrating few weeks for Schuster who has battled chickenpox, a broken finger and a calf injury, and he now faces stiff competition from the man who just inked a new deal to stay with his brothers.

Trbojevic has long been overshadowed by rep stars Tom and Jake, but he has had a huge pre-season and it’s paid off with the back-rower crossing three times in the first half.

The lanky youngster has already struck up a good combination with Brooks and is one good trial away from winning a starting spot, while Jamie Humphreys has put his hand up for the bench utility spot after he scored twice in the second half.


While new recruits Jaxson Paulo and Tommy Talau have been the talk of the town in the off-season, powerhouse winger Ray Vaega reminded them he’s Manly’s incumbent winger for a reason with a strong display in Gosford.

He may not be the tallest man on the planet, but Vaega – who played the final five games of the 2023 season – scored two tries on Sunday and broke the line a number of times.

Vaega also put in a lovely kick for Jake Arthur to score in the second half which must have drawn a smile from Brad Arthur who was one of several high-profile faces in the crowd.

Given winger Jason Saab is in the team for his speed and height, and not his yardage, Vaega looms as a genuine chance to start the new season because he’s the guy who can get them on the front foot when coming out of trouble.

It was a tough slog for Souths who only brought a couple of their top 30 players to the Central Coast, although it will be a memorable day for Adam Christensen who scored their only try in the second minute.

While he had a moment to celebrate on the left, centre partner Taane Milne missed the chance to push his case for the NRL side as the Rabbitohs look to replace the injured Campbell Graham.

Milne is very experienced but Isaiah Tass is the man most likely to start the season in the backline.

The Fijian international played right centre, wing and in the back row on Sunday but barely touched the ball as Manly’s left edge scored a stack of points down his side of the field.

The Rabbitohs will look a whole lot different on Saturday when some of their big runs return for the Charity Shield, but they’ll be without Cody Walker who could miss the trip to Vegas with a calf strain.

The Wheel
Premium Member
A bit of insight from a journalist at the game;

A few notes from Gosford:

  • The Sea Eagles will be very fun to watch this year
  • Luke Brooks will be one of the buys of the year
  • Ben Trbojevic has improved big time
  • Ben Condon could be very handy off the bench


Journey Man
Tipping Member
Enjoy it - I remember a time when we couldn’t get close to winning a trial under Des!
Perspective please explain @The Wheel

Under Des we won 2 grand finals including the record breaking history making biggest grand final slaughter score against the storm and you are getting excited about winning trials against understrength teams .

Seriously mate . What are your Manly Benchmark standards ?
What made our Manly Club Great Winning Grand Finals or winning trial games ?

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