Prop Nate Myles says playing a Manly home game in Brisbane is more than just about who gets what dressing shed.
“We just don’t think of it as being a home game. We think of it as a challenge up against the teams that are equal firsts in the competition as far as we are concerned in Brisbane and the Cowboys,’’ Myles said.
“It starts with the forwards. They have got a start studded international forward pack and there is no better time for us to start stringing some wins together.
“It is a great test for us. Sixty minutes of footy against the Cowboys was pretty respectful but the last 20, they just strided away with it. For us, it was a miss, we need to be better at it.
“We get another chance again against a great side.”
Asked as to all the talk in the Brisbane media this week about Manly banning the Broncos horse, ‘Buck’ from doing his usual laps around the field, Myles was quick to reply, saying the Sea Eagles had already made plans for their own entertainment for the sold out crowd of more than 52,500 supporters.
“Our Media Manager, Cuzzo, looks like ‘Buck the Bronco’, so we are going to get him to run around the paddock a couple of times and see how he goes,’’ Myles joked.
“It is always fun to be at Suncorp. The fans are the best part there of the whole Suncorp atmosphere.”
The Sea Eagles have lost full-back Brett Stewart (hamstring) and centre Steve Matai (neck) after both were named on Tuesday.
Tom Trbojevic has travelled to Brisbane and will need to pass a fitness test to determine whether he returns from an ankle injury.