Caption: Api Koroisau scores for the Sea Eagles in the loss to Souths at Brookvake Oval. Photo: NRL Photos.
Manly Warringah Coach Trent Barrett has made it clear. Daly Cherry-Evans will return to the half-back role despite the great form of Apisai Koroisau.
Moved from hooker to half-back following the ankle injury to Cherry-Evans, Koroisau turned in a man-of-the-match performance in the loss to South Sydney, and was again dangerous in the win over the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday night.
Upon facing the media after returning from Auckland today, Barrett was asked about the tough decision as to who he plays at seven. Cherry-Evans is due to return in round nine.
“Api is a terrific player but Daly will certainly come straight back in and play half-back. He is our number 7,’’ Barrett said.
“We are lucky to have a player like Api and his versatility. He can play anywhere, he is just a competitor.”
Barrett said it was important his players rested and recover well from Auckland with another five day turnaround facing the side when they tackle Parramatta Eels at Brookvale Oval this Thursday night.
“Parramatta are the form side, along with the Broncos, of the competition,’’ he said.
“We only have a few days to get ready. We are back at Brookvale and we do owe our fans there a win. We have been pretty ordinary there the last two outings.”
Round 7 Telstra Premiership
Manly v Parramatta
Thursday, April 14, Brookvale Oval, 7.50pm
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