As we head into Saturday night’s clash against the Sharks, we take a look at the match up between Manly’s Justin Horo and Cronulla’s Wade Graham.
The similarities are endless and when you compare the two playing styles, there isn’t much separating the pair. Both play a vital role down the left edge for their respective club and are important cogs in their side’s machine.
The Sea Eagles are flying high in 2014 and Horo has benefited from his side’s impressive start to the season. The skillful second rower has played every game this season and has fulfilled his duty as Manly’s left edge metre eater.
Horo’s unbending and dynamic running game has freed up space for his outside men, in particular centre Steve Matai, who has already scored 10 tries this season.
The Sharks will need to be on high alert as Horo will run off Kieran Foran’s outside shoulder in a bid to exploit Cronulla’s rigid defensive unit.
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Inspirational Sharks back rower Wade Graham will look to create space for his outside men on Saturday night as he attempts to lift his side off the bottom of the ladder.
Despite their poor first half to the season, Graham has been one of the few shining lights for Cronulla. His form meriting a call up into the NSW Blues squad for game two.
His recent feat speaks volume, with NSW coach Laurie Daley signaling his intentions for the second rower to one day wear the sky blue jersey.
With Todd Carney having missed the majority of the season through injury, Graham’s vision and ball-skills brings a lot more potency down Cronulla's left edge.
Still just 23, Graham has already played 120 NRL games and is now finding his true potential in the top grade.