Another big derby tonight between the Manly Sea Eagles and the South Sydney Rabbitohs. The history between these two teams is massive and there will no doubt be another memory to add to this clash tomorrow night.
Brookie Oval is an arena that’s never easy to play in, especially with its tag of “fortress Brookvale. It’s always a scary proposition to play in the Northern Beaches and, the way the Sea Eagles are playing; it’s going to be a tough match. Manly know that they have to win every game from now on to even be within striking distance of a Finals birth. I believe the Eagles can make the finals and it’s just about putting in the hard yards untill the end. It’s clear now that all the off field dramas are out of the way and the Eagles are finally focusing on their football. I’ve been used to seeing Manly play an exciting brand of football and they certainly did that last week against the Brisbane Broncos. They won that match 44-14 in a game you probably would have thought would result in the opposite.
South Sydney knows that it’s going to be a tough ask. From now untill the end of the season Souths play fixtures of death. I’m not one to think negatively and I’m actually quite confident that we can create some great victories. It all starts this week against our easiest opposition in the Sea Eagles. When I say easiest, I mean the team we have to play that’s the lowest on the ladder out of them all. Trust our luck that when we play the Sea Eagles they are at the top of their game. The Rabbitohs could easily find themselves slip out of the top 4 come finals time if we don’t perform better than we did last week. All indications suggest that we will be playing in Queensland come season’s end and that’s never easy.
If we want to beat the Sea Eagles we have to push it up a notch and that starts with our aggression and discipline. Talking in defence is key. This is especially true If we want to stop the backline movement of Foran, Cherry-Evans and Stewart. The way we can win this match is through our dominant forward pack and feeding Inglis the ball in space. A lot of the time GI likes to run the ball and take a lot of energy out of the opposition team.
It’s going to be a game not to miss and, with heaps of talent all over the park, it will have everything needed to be a barnstormer. Around 18,000 people should fill out Brookvale and I would be surprised if there was less.
How do you think South Sydney will win tomorrow night?
Will this be one of our toughest matches so far this season?
Will Kyle play tomorrow night?