NYC Final Word

Manly Warringah Holden Cup Coach David Heath knows his side faces a huge test of character tonight in the sudden death semi-final against the Wests Tigers.

Having won four of their previous five, Heath says the Tigers will be very tough to beat at Allianz Stadium.

“They have a very dangerous hooker and halves combination that will be tough to deal with,’’ Heath said.

“The Tigers had a very tough match against Canberra last Sunday. They survived a lot of pressure and were able to grab a few tries and hold on for the win.”

The last time the two teams met resulted in a 44-24 win to the Sea Eagles at Campbelltown Stadium in Round 15.

“Both sides have improved a lot since then. It is semi-final football and we are going to have to be spot on with our game plan to win,’’ Heath added.

“It’s sudden death football and there will be a lot of pressure but we played under that against the Sydney Roosters in a match to secure fourth spot and we won well, so I’m very confident that the boys will be up to the task.”

The Sea Eagles will be looking to bounce back strongly following their loss to minor premiers Penrith Panthers last Saturday.

Kick-off is 5.15pm tonight.

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