Manly Warringah Coach Geoff Toovey doesn’t like using mathematical equations when it comes to the finals series.
The Sea Eagles arrived in Auckland today to prepare for their must win match against the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday. A win will keep the team’s final hopes alive whilst a loss does not necessarily mean the end of the season. Manly Warringah remain six points out of the top eighth in 13th place.
“We can probably afford to drop one or two more but that would probably be it. I hate speaking mathematically because that means you are in trouble. We just have to win every game we can,’’ Toovey said.
Half-back Daly Cherry-Evans travelled with the side and remains hopeful of taking the field against the Warriors.
Meanwhile centre Steve Matai said the off-field talk about players leaving the club at the season’s end would remain just that – off-field.
“For us, it is trying to get together and play as a team and hopefully get the two points at the end of day,’’ Matai said.
“The off-field stuff is off-field. When we come on to the field, it is different. We bond as a team and we want to play well and we play for each other.”
Matai said he was sad to see team-mate Ligi Sao joining the Warriors next season.
“They have got a hard-working, professional player,’’ Matai said.
“He is a good friend of mine and he has been since he got to the club. I was hoping that he was going to get another two years with us.
“It is good for him that he has settled his future for the next few years.”