Like most here agree it was an ugly game and if Manly have of taken their chances last night, they would have won.
The Crichton try right on half time should have not been awarded when martin knocked on but you take what is given.
That being said Hosking probably had his worst game at Centre and they ran at him, Luke, Summerton and Cogger.
and they exposed these guys multiple times.
IC said he was proud of the boys efforts but i think he may have a few concerns.
Another piece of “luck” went our way when Turuva scored from their downtown kick.
Interesting tactics deployed by Manly last night and despite them failing to capitalise i can see others taking some hints out of this playbook from Manly
We missed Kenny terribly and i think Luai was sorely missed but that’s footy and you have to play with who you have but we do have major problems at 9 if Kenny is out.
I notice in the post match interview Cleary touched on one of the missing pair Luai and Kenny about knowing what is wrong with them but wouldn’t expand on it. Hope they are both OK and can come back very quickly
I think we will welcome Tago back as well who looks right for next week.
It was a flat game by us playing against a side who feel wheeled it in attack and were desperate for the win.
Hope we pull up ok and being a Thursday night game gives us even more turnaround time before next week.Titans next Saturday and another desperate side who may choose to play free wheeling footy.
So true. Kenny has proven to be a real powerhouse in the team. I remember in the pre-season the critics of Kenny had their knives out, making it clear he would never live up to the performance of Koroisau, and others that said that Soni Luke should be starting instead of Kenny.
I remember the first few home games, some let’s say idiots were yelling to get Kenny off the field and get Soni on… this went for some games, but over times those heckles got less and less, till now where they are oddly silent.
His presence was missed this week, you could see it in the missed tackles, and you coould see it in the clunky play the balls from Sommerton and Luke. Hoping he won’t be missing much football and hoping to see him next week giving it to the Titans.
So true Steve, we certainly missed Kenny’s crisp service and powerful defense.
Sometimes you don’t miss a player till he is gone.
3 games to go and we are sitting pretty for a home final, and more likely than not another minor premiership. Tago coming back will make a big difference.
Whilst Spencer is also someone to look forward coming back, I cannot fault the effort and execution of Eisenhuth, while a little bit of a plodder, he’s as reliable as anything, and has Thursday night showed way better than Woods (albeit that’s not hard lol).
Again, I feel there are some tough markers on here. Maybe short memories of the not so distant bad days? You know when the know-all bloke imported reserve graders from Newcastle to fill our team & our only play was to put up a bomb on the last. Enjoy our time guys!!
Once again, a committed effort across the park saw another win for the boys. A testimony to the past 4 years for our club was the seabirds deciding they needed to play a different game to they have ever played in an effort to beat us. They threw some out of character stuff at us, but in the end, we met the challenge & got the chocolates. Question is, if Manly think their best chance to win is to employ different tactics, why don’t they try it every week??
Very happy with where we are & even happier now that the slimies got lapped
I found Eisenhuth to provide much needed value to the team. He isn’t going to be setting any headlines, but he plays straight and hard and is a no nonsense player. He has made a transition from a forward to a Lock this year and has played many lower grade games in the Lock position as well as filling in for Yeo during the origin period. As a result his has developed quite an offload and on average is having this best year for offloads as first grade player. Not to mention he has to 92% tackle efficiency (297/321) in season 2023.
For a player that feared his career was over due to after having a tumour found in his knee had the tumour cut out, with the hole filled up with bone cement he performs well above his weight as a replacement first grader and worth every penny the club pays him. He is about as tough as they get, and I do hope the club intends on keeping Matt beyond the end of his contact ending at the conclusion of the 2024 season currently.
Matt Eisenhuth - Offloads
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