Burns is the concern, the fact we have Api (18) and Tetevano (20) named on the extended bench, hopefully 1 of those 2 are fit enough to play, and Burns drops off the bench.
As expected by me, Staines comes into the starting lineup at the expense of MWZ.
While MWZ filled in admirably last week, hopefully Staines speed can replicate his first performance.
Still a chance Api or Tetevano could come into the 17.
Simply adding Staines to the team makes me much more confident. If Api and Tetevano play we are almost at full strength barring Edwards return.
Another good game from Sauce and Staines, and To’o may find it hard to return to first grade. I find it strange I can even write this considering To’o’s fine form prior to injury.
Yes I think that is very likely based on the injury news update. Straight swap of Api for Mitch & Dane for Billy I suggest.
this game ain’t no cakewalk, we need to be alert and at our best in both defence and attack. We jump to an early lead don’t apply the brakes go up a gear and show them we deserve to be a table topper!
Agree, Puss. This will be a real tough game, especially at Lottoland.
We’ve won 6 on the trot, but we haven’t been especially convincing the last couple of weeks, IMHO. If we don’t step up a gear, we could be due for a loss. Manly have shown a lot of grit this year and will NOT lie down. They’re a very gutsy, never-say-die team.
This game will be a real test of our character.
That said, you can’t deny our never say die character either, well if you leave out the Dragons, Knights and Eels games. But then again although we got run down (or nearly did), we never threw in the towel.
A big change in Attitude this year
That’s very true, SHF. I should probably have a little more faith that this year we’re a different outfit from the last few seasons.
Hope Naden has a big game tonight. There have been a couple of articles this week about how much the Indiginous Round means to him.
Koroisau & Tetavano in for Kenny & Burns, as SHF predicted - and that, apart from Edwards (& Whare), we’re close to full strength.
all you can do is stand and applaud.
an almost perfect first half with execution ,discipline and attack options on both sides
I hope young Staines is OK
To be a premiership contender, its now for the boys to show us how to go on with such a brilliant effort.
encouraging 1st half, but it ain’t over till the fat lady sings.
(apologies to Anastacia).
Still got a few rocks Kevin !
Almost the perfect half of football.
We are scoring left right and centre.
Hope we keep it up
nice way to head into the Raiders game next week
well done boys, a great effort, bashed them up and split them open with class on both sides
a lot to like about that effort from all on the field and includes the entire bench
enjoy the great win and prepare for Raiders
that’s a good team effort tonight. I think we can still improve.
Score line makes it difficult to name a m.o.m so I’m simply
gonna nominate t.o.m Penrith. Well bloody done boys.
Well, I was wrong - by a very, very long way! And it feels very, very good!
I’ll keep my fat, stupid mouth shut from now on. Great win!
you’re fine Bryan, remember I’m the resident idiot around these parts.
The site is obviously missing my presence!
This game made me think back to the Manly game in 2010 when the Panthers completely dominated.
I was expecting this game to be an arm wrestle, but we went out & played a near perfect game, starving Manly of any opportunity.
Whilst as a team we all rose to the challenge last night there were a couple of lesser names who stood out IMO
I think Aekins had his best game at FB and Lenui showed his has a bright future with us.
Lenui off the bench was very aggressive in al he did but he had Leota and Tetevano who also gave plenty
The person who has developed most and even has changed his game is Luai, last night his defence was superb, he again was a foil for Cleary when taking kicks in general play on the left side which just gives us fabulous options. His game has gone to another level and although his erratic play was on show late when he fooled the Manly defence with his ad hoc run only to find a man running onto the ball in Api…i have to commend the coaching team and Luai himself for being able to change his style.
However huge credit has to go to the forwards who are bending teams backs in offence and hurting in defence. Finally we have a pack who hunt as a pack and really hurt other teams .
On last nights team, how could you consider Burns save for an injury to a forward who played last night?
That forward pack including reserves is as good as any in the comp and lay the platform for Cleary/Luai to have time and weave their magic.
I cannot even see how Whare can get into our run on team considering the form of Naden
Add in Edwards at FB to the team who ran out last night and we have a squad capable of winning this comp.
Wow, that was pretty damn good! Too big, too strong and just too skillful for the silvertails. Don’t you just love it.
Again, not a bad player & all 17 stood up again. I agree with steamy, the only player to come in to give us our ’ best’ lineup would be Edwards &, in that, Aekins would be unlucky to be left out.
Agree with puss, in such a comprehensive display, hard to nominate MoM, or even just 3 for voting for.
Note: Steve must be still celebrating - no MoM poll up yet
Big game next week again - see you all there or on your lounges to cheers the boys on.