Manly Coach Trent Barrett has emphasised the need for his team to play for the full 80 minutes in tomorrow’s clash against Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
The Sea Eagles blew a 20-6 lead at half-time to lose to the lowly placed Wests Tigers last Sunday to remain in seventh position with three games remaining.
“The result aside, we need to put in an 80 minute performance,’’ Barrett said today.
“We had the really good second half against the Roosters and a really good first half last week.
“It is something that has snuck into (our game) in the past month. It is something that we have got to sort out. If we do play to the best of our ability for 80 minutes, we will be fine. We have got a really talented side.
“We are coming into a really exciting time of the year, so this is a really important two points.
“We are sitting in a good position and there are still six points to get. We want to try and win all of them.”
“I don’t want to look past this weekend. We are not playing well enough to do that. We need to put in an 80 minute performance against the Bulldogs and make sure we perform well and play to the best of our ability.
“We have to make sure that each individual in the team is playing well. We are all accountable to the result, myself included. We all just have to make sure we go through the process to get the job done tomorrow.”
Barrett said he was pleased to welcome centre Brian Kelly back to the team after getting the players’ player award for the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles in the Intrust Super Premiership last Sunday.
“He needed the break. Brad Parker did a really good job in the last couple of weeks but unfortunately got that knee injury (against the Tigers),’’ Barrett said.
“We are lucky to have Brian so he comes straight back into the team.”
Manly v Canterbury
ANZ Stadium, Sunday, 4pm Kick-off
Head to Head
Played 126: Manly 64, Canterbury 57, drawn 5
At ANZ Stadium
Played 13: Canterbury 7, Manly 6