Toovey's final word v Warriors
On the verge of becoming the only side in the past decade to appear in every finals series, the Sea Eagles are flying high and closing in on their first minor premiership since 1997.
After moving to the outright lead of the NRL following Monday night’s victory over St George Illawarra, the Sea Eagles are primed for premiership glory in 2014.
The side travel to New Zealand this weekend in a bid to overcome the live wire Warriors and keep their stranglehold on top of the NRL ladder.
Coach Geoff Toovey declaring all is well at the club.
“It’s a great culture here at the club. It's very successful and we will remain successful.” Toovey said.
“We’ve got a great group of players here and hopefully we will continue on playing good football and hopefully win the competition this year.”
The Sea Eagles will move a step closer to claiming their first minor premiership in 17 years with victory over the Warriors on Sunday.
But the side is fully aware of their opposition’s capabilities, particularly on home soil, where Andrew McFadden's men have dropped just two of eight matches this season.
“The Warriors are always that sleeping giant. They’ve got a great team, great players within the team and it's just a matter of jelling that together," Toovey said.
"They were a bit unlucky last week against Brisbane, but they’re a quality side and at home they’re particularly hard to beat."
With just six points separating first and ninth position, the Sea Eagles can ill afford to let their guard slip as September looms.
This is the most congested competition the NRL has seen in more than 20 years. Manly could potentially drop out of the top-four if they were to lose their next two games.
“The issue is we are just over half way through the competition and you lose two games and you’re out of the eight, that’s how tight it is. Being on top of the competition is a great thing, but it’s not everything," Toovey said.