Lets not get carried away. Yes Manly are 6 from 6 and flying. Go back 24 months and Manly were in the same position but missed out on the rewards by a field goal.
2017 is a new year, the team and club appear to be more focused than ever on and off the field. A strong mentality, pride in what they do plus respect for each other, the support staff and to the supporters on and off the field seems to be paying dividends.
Manly seem to have learnt how to ‘game manage’, playing to the conditions and opposition during different stages of any given half.
The biggest test comes this weekend when the Men in Blue prepare to take on North Sydney who are now 19 straight wins including last years well deserved premiership.
First six rounds at a glance:
Round 1 Southern Districts – A tough place to travel to Foreshaw Rugby Park. Both teams came out and looked as though they hadn’t played or trained. Producing probably the worst half of football that will be played for the year. Thankfully Manly took control in the 2nd half running out winners 35-17:
Manly Flyer Tom Chesters
Round 2 University – First home game of the year against power house University. The most impressive part of the game wasn’t the scoreline, tries or defense, it was the way Manly controlled University. The crowd nor myself have seen a Manly team in years dominate University the way they did. Manly winners 36-10:
Club Stalwart Ryan Melrose crashes over
Round 3 Parramatta – A tricky game for Manly. Parramatta from all reports have built stronger over the off season. Unfortunately for the Two Blues they came up against a red-hot Manly team, off a dominating win the week before to blow out the scoreline 60-0:
Manly Half Tim Donlan
Round 4 Eastern Suburbs – ANZAC Weekend:
Eastern Suburbs came with intent but once again the 2017 Manly never really looked under pressure controlling the game to out last fast finishing Eastern Suburbs 26-17:
“Crunch” – Daniel Alley
Round 5 – Eastwood: The hoodoo broken! In possibly the best game of club rugby we will see this year, Eastwood and Manly put on a master class of running rugby. In this heavy weight battle, Manly and Eastwood went punch for punch for the full 12 rounds. Step in fly half Nick “Ghost-Buster” Holton who landed the knock out blow by crashing over late. Manly go on to win 38-28. Manly’s First win at Eastwood in 12 trips. Both sides walked away knowing they had given it all. Was this a preview of Manly v Eastwood III at the back end of the year? Lets hope so! for all rugby fans:
Ghost-Buster Nick Holton seals the win
Round 6 Randwick – A young red hot Randwick side traveled to the village green hoping to up-set high flying Manly. Randwick started strong kicking some early penalty’s and scoring a try. Unbeknown to Randwick the 2017 Marlins have grown patient, game management came into play and eventually toppled over a spirited Randwick side 46-27:
No Bunker required – TRY
Hope to see you at the green this weekend in the top of the table clash between Manly and North Sydney
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