Manly not on same level as heavyweights

Manly Coach Trent Barrett says his side can’t be judged on the same level yet as some of the premiership heavyweights in Melbourne Storm and the Sydney Roosters.

The Sea Eagles sit in fourth place on the Telstra Premiership ladder behind leaders Melbourne, Sydney Roosters (second) and Brisbane Broncos ahead of Manly’s clash against the Warriors in a home game at Perth’s nib Stadium tomorrow.

“We still have got a fair bit of improvement to do. Those teams have been consistently there for a number of years. We still have got a lot of young blokes who are learning to play in big games,’’ Barrett said today.

“This is another challenge for them, coming over here. A little bit unfamiliar. We are a relatively young team and a pretty inexperienced team.

“For us to be spoken in the same breath as those teams, we’ve got a fair bit of improvement left in us.

“We don’t really look at the table too much as it changes pretty quickly.

“The most important thing for us is that we get two points tomorrow and go home. We have got Penrith (away) next week so there is not too much time to give yourself a pat on the back because someone is coming to get you again the following week.

“It is a tough competition and it is a long grind and you just have to stay in it. We have got 10 weeks to go and a lot can happen in that time.

“We are in a pretty good position at the moment and there are a lot of teams in and around the similar points we are on. I am certainly not looking too far ahead. We just have to get it done tomorrow.”