The off-season departure of a number of experienced front-rowers has seen powerhouse forward Brenton Lawrence thrust into the role as the Sea Eagles’ main middleman this season.
After arriving at the Sea Eagles last year, Lawrence quickly became a revelation, relishing the opportunity to play alongside an experienced forward pack as he threw himself into the fray with strong carries and hard-hitting defence.
The North Queensland born powerhouse has a great deal of knowledge for the game and, despite wearing the number 10 on his back, he could easily slot into the back-row if needed.
Lawrence’s mobility has been a real feature of his game since arriving at the club and he looks threatening with every touch of the ball.
Nothing seems to faze the big front row forward. Despite lining up against the game’s most damaging forward pack, Lawrence will enjoy the task of going toe-to-toe in a colossal battle up front.
Renowned for his destructive carries, Rabbitohs prop forward George Burgess will look to cause carnage through the middle on Friday night.
A genuine try-scoring forward, the Sea Eagles will need to be cautious of the 120kg front rower, especially from close range.
He finished with more tries than any other prop-forward last year and quickly became a integral part of the Rabbitohs’ success in 2013.
One of four destructive brothers, George has an unbelievable work ethic and provides coach Michael Maguire with extra punch and mongrel up the middle.
MANLY WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES v SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Round 2 - 2014 NRL Premiership
Friday 14 March, 2014 – Central Coast Stadium
NRL Kick-Off 7:45pm
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