Hasler hopeful of Origin pair backing up

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Coach Des Hasler says Daly Cherry-Evans and Jake Trbojevic will be closely monitored in the lead up to Saturday night's clash against Nth Qld Cowboys.

Cherry-Evans last night captained Queensland to victory in the opening game of the 2019 Origin series at Suncorp Stadium.

It was the Manly half-back's first game in six weeks since suffering an ankle injury in the round seven win over Canberra while Trbojevic scored a try for NSW in another strong game from the hard-working lock in his seventh Origin game.

“They are professional players and they know what it’s about. They can’t wait to get back with their team-mates,’’ Hasler said today.

“Both are itching and raring to go. We still have to assess them as we get closer to the game over the course of the next 48 hours. All indications are that they have come up okay.”

The Sea Eagles will be boosted by the long-awaited return of outstanding full-back Tom Trbojevic from a hamstring injury.

"Tom just wants to get out there and play,’’ Hasler said.

“It has been 10 or 11 weeks since he has laced the boots on and he has performed really well in obtaining all his markers.

“He will get a couple of games under his belt and with two Origin games to go, I imagine at some stage, his name will probably come into consideration somewhere.”

The Sea Eagles arrived in Townsville this afternoon determined to end a two-game losing streak with victory over the Cowboys at 1300 Smiles Stadium.