Second-rower Justin Horo says the experience of playing sudden death footy now will benefit the Sea Eagles should they make it through to the second week of September.
The Sea Eagles have rocketed back into finals contention following superb wins over the Warriors, Brisbane and South Sydney over the past three weeks. Manly Warringah sit one win out of the top eight in ninth place heading into the vital clash against Canberra Raiders at GIO Stadium this Sunday.
Horo said there was no secret to the team’s turnaround in form after only winning six games previously.
“We were working really hard even when the results weren’t going our way. We all stuck together and now we are getting the results,’’ he said.
“It is pretty much do-or-die (now). If we do get to the finals it is going to put us in good stead. We need to win at least three out of our last four. It is going to be tough but if we continue to play like we have been, we are a big chance.”
Horo is enjoying the final few weeks of his time with his current team-mates after signing a two-year deal with Catalans Dragons from next year.
“There was a lot happening behind the scenes trying to sort it out, whether it be here or overseas. It is a weight lifted off my shoulders and now I can concentrate on footy in the next couple of weeks,’’ Horo said.
“It is going to be sad when I leave the boys, but I am looking forward to the opportunity
“As you get older, you realise (leaving) happens at every club and you learn to get on with it.
“There has been a lot of player movement (here) in the last couple of years. We have lost some senior players. It is just part of footy these days. There are a lot of change over between teams.
“I only have to look at my old club Parramatta and that was only three years ago. I think there are only 2-3 players left from that team. It happens at every club.”
Next Manly home game
Round 24, Manly Warringah Sea Eagles v Parramatta Eels
Sunday, August 23, Brookvale Oval
“Golden Eagles Day”
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Gates open: 1:30pm
NYC Kick-off: 1:45pm
NRL Kick-off: 4.00pm
March from Manly Leagues Club to Brookvale Oval: 2.30pm
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