Killer's call to arms: Cross the bridge
Monday 9 September 2013 4:30 PM
Sea Eagles captain Jamie Lyon has urged Manly fans to make the trip to Allianz Stadium on Saturday night to minimise the minor premiers' home ground advantage.
Sea Eagles supporters have a reputation for reluctant travel outside of Brookvale but in a bid to take away the ascendancy of a home final, Lyon has called on all Manly supporters to make the journey into the city on Saturday night.
“We would love to see the Sea Eagles fans cross the bridge. We haven’t had too much of a crowd get over there in the last few years,” Lyon said.
“Obviously we would love to play at Brookvale but that’s not in the plans for the near future so hopefully all the silvertail fans can get out there and cross the bridge and come over and watch a great game.”
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Despite the Roosters playing host on Saturday night, the Sea Eagles have won their past five finals matches at Allianz Stadium, having last lost at the venue in 2006.
Coach Geoff Toovey opted to rest several key personnel on the eve of the finals, allowing those with niggling injuries to recuperate and freshen up for an almighty finals series.
Manly are expected to welcome back second-rower Anthony Watmough, fullback Brett Stewart and prop forward Brenton Lawrence, who were all given the week off against the Panthers.
“They are not 100 percent in at the moment but a few more days and hopefully they can have a bit of a run and pass the fitness test,” Lyon said.
“We will need everybody on deck this week against the Roosters. They had a great win. It’s a big match and it’s one we are looking forward to.”