Our opponents this week, Manly, come into the game after a very good win against the Tigers where they kept them to nil. They are a quality side with plenty of big game performers across the paddock and playing against us and an ex team mate of theirs (Tony Williams), I am sure they are going to be up for a big game.
For our boys its about accepting the challenge and controlling what we can control. Sure their will be plenty of hype around this week, due to the Des factor and obviously the T Rex factor, but its about preparing and focusing on our own performance both individually and collectively as a team. Its going to take a committed 80 minute performance from our boys to get the result we want. With both teams priding themselves on their defence, it is going to be a battle of will and determination that will get the result this Friday.
Last time these two teams met in the first final last year it was a bruising encounter in which the boys from Belmore got the result they were after. The game was both mentally and physically demanding, but it was our ability to defend and defend and defend on our own line that got us the win.
Unfortunately we lose Krisnan Inu through suspension, but his replacement in Tim Lafai will definitely do a fine job. Its a great opportunity for him to show his teammates and the members what he is capable of doing and really play some good footy over the next few weeks.
The halves battle will be a beauty! Both young, enthusiastic and with plenty of big game experience. Their kicking game will be vital to their teams performance.
This should be a cracker of a game. If you recall all three matches last year, they were high quality games and I dont see this being any different. Another home game and on Friday night there is no better opportunity for our boys to get their second win of the year. We need to win!
MY TIP: Dogs by 4
-2nd in the NRL for one on one tackles
-Average 8 offloads per game
-Average 16 miss tackles per game
-Lead NRL as a team in line breaks