Sea Eagles Coach Trent Barrett says tomorrow’s clash against the Melbourne Storm at Lottoland is a chance to make amends for the disappointing performance against St George-Illawarra.
Manly went into the home game on the back of three good wins over Nth Queensland, Canterbury, and the Sydney Roosters, before being beaten badly by the Dragons at Lottoland.
“The boys are pretty determined to right what went wrong last week. We were very disappointed with how we played against the Dragons, given how we have been the last month,’’ Barrett said today.
“It is a bit of a chance to redeem ourselves at home.
“This is an opportunity to play against a really good side. They are up there at the top of the competition for a reason Melbourne, and we haven’t beaten them for a while. Tomorrow is the day.”
Barrett said the players have worked hard to address the issues that went wrong against the Dragons.
“We have had to fix a few things up, particularly defensively, this week,’’ Barrett added.
“It is more attitude wise. We are playing against your Cronks, the Smiths, the Slaters – three of the best players in the game, so we are going to need to be on our game tomorrow.
“Our forwards have got a huge job. The Dragons pack probably outperformed us last week and our players want to make up for that.”
Barrett said the players also were conscious of the importance of their recent performances at Lottoland
“We have a lot of good supporters who keep turning up. (Being) Easter weekend, hopefully we can get a good crowd here (at Lottoland) and beat Melbourne.
“There is some history between the teams. Two great clubs. It will be a big day.”
Manly five-eighth Blake Green will play his 100th game in the NRL tomorrow up against his previous club Melbourne.
Easter Saturday Game Day
Gates open: 12.20pm
12.40pm: Intrust: Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles vs Newcastle Knights
3pm: Manly vs Melbourne
* Please note the Holden Cup game has been transferred to Pittwater Rugby Park on Saturday. Kick-off is 10.45am. Entry is free.
The club is offering a $50 family general admission ticket if you pre-purchase before midnight Friday night.
Buy your tickets here.. http://bit.ly/EaglesStorm