Origin team-mates one night, enemies the next!
Welcome back to the weird and wonderful world of post-Origin football.
On Wednesday night, Manly captain Daly Cherry-Evans and Melbourne players Billy Slater, Will Chambers, Cameron Munster, Felise Kaufusi, and Tim Glasby were locked in arms singing the Maroons "aye aye yippee yippee aye'' victory song in the Qld Origin dressing room.
In the other room, Manly's Jake and Tom Trbojevic and Melbourne's Josh Addo-Carr were feeling mixed emotions. The hurt of losing game three was soon replaced with the Blues' players celebrating their Origin Series victory.
Now, the focus returns quickly to Round 18 of the Telstra Premiership.
Club footy is back in full swing, meaning the merry-go-round will see Cherry-Evans and the fabulous Trbojevic brothers return for Manly while 'The Fox' Addo-Carr reunites with his five Storm team-mates.
And what better way to follow up another classic Origin match than Manly taking on Melbourne at Lottoland this Saturday at 5.30pm.
The fiercest of rivals, many chapters have already been written between the two clubs. This is more than just a match. It's two great clubs who love nothing better than getting on top of the other, no matter where each team sits on the premiership ladder.
And there is plenty of extra kerosene just laying around to light up Lottoland after the last fiery encounter in Melbourne in round 11.
The last clash has been well documented for its flare ups, sin bins, and the facial fracture to Dylan Walker from a Curtis Scott punch.
What also should be remembered is the superb attack the Sea Eagles put on that night to destroy the Storm 24-4 on their home turf.
The unforgettable Matthew Wright try just inches from the dead ball line. What a dive it was!
For Manly, it was the sweetest of victories in a tough season for the maroon and whites.
On top of the return bout, the Sea Eagles will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the famous 2008 Grand Final victory over the Storm.
Players from that memorable 40-0 grand final victory will do a lap of honour prior to the NRL kick-off at 5.30pm.
The Club also has a limited amount of exclusive 40-0 t-shirts and stubby holders for Sea Eagles fans to purchase at Lottoland to add to the occasion.
The scene is set for another superb match between the fiercest of enemies.
All that is needed now is for Lottoland to be full of Manly fans. Surely if there was a game that deserved a packed home crowd, this is it.
The Sea Eagles go in on the back of a gutsy away win over Penrith while the Cameron Smith led Storm just tore the Dragons apart last start.
This is one game that every Sea Eagles fan living interstate, in regional areas, overseas, or even stuck in hospital, wishes they could get attend. It is up to the Sydney based Manly fans to show up in force now.
And may the next chapter be just as tantalising as the previous ones!
Match: Sea Eagles v Storm
Round 18 -
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