Manly's Origin stars Jake and Tom Trbojevic have been declared definite starters for tomorrow's crucial home clash against the Warriors in Christchurch.
After turning in outstanding performances in NSW's win over Queensland on Wednesday night, the brothers flew from Melbourne to Christchurch yesterday before training solidly with the team at the Captain's Run this morning.
The Sea Eagles trained strongly this morning at their 'home ground' of AMI Stadium. The round 14 Telstra Premiership clash is a historic game for Manly who will play for the first time in the South Island of New Zealand.
Manly Coach Trent Barrett is pleased with the team's preparations after arriving in Christchurch on Tuesday.
"We have had a pretty normal preparation. All the players are healthy. We have had some good (training) sessions and a few good days together,'' Barrett said.
"This game is really important. The Warriors are going well, sitting in the top four, so we are going to have to play well to beat them
"We are getting into the second half of the season so it is really important we start stringing some wins otherwise it is going to be too hard and too big of a task to make the semi-finals."
Barrett said the Warriors had plenty of strike power across the park and was expecting to face a full strength team with the return of half-back Shaun Johnson from an ankle injury.
"Their halves are going particularly well and they have a big back five so we have to handle them as well,'' he said.
"(Five-eighth) Blake Green is steering them around really well.
"(Hooker) Isaac Luke is a real run threat as well. Their forward pack is doing their job and the other players are finishing it off for them.
"We just have to make sure that we are on. If we can play to our potential and play to our ability, we can beat them."
Match: Sea Eagles v Warriors
Round 14 -
Venue: AMI Stadium