Manly in title hunt to stay
EXPERTS and fans across the game have been waiting for Manly to fall over all season.
And as far as Trent Barrett is concerned, they can keep waiting.
“Well, it is round 20 next week and we are still there,” Barrett said in the wake of yesterday’s 28- 16 comeback win over the Wests Tigers, that pushed the Sea Eagles up to third spot on the NRL ladder. “There is a lot of belief here. “I still think the last really good performance we put together was against Cronulla ( in round 16).
“But we have managed to tick ( the wins) over. We just have to keep going.”
The five tries to three win over the Tigers pushes Manly to 26 competition points, behind Melbourne on 30 points and the Roosters 28.
Also on 26 but behind Manly on percentages are Brisbane, Cronulla and North Queensland.
Barrett said every week from here was going to be important.
And he said it starts this Sunday when Manly takes on his old club St George Illawarra in Wollongong.
“Again, you are going to play a very desperate side down there at WIN Stadium hanging on to eighth spot,” he said.
“As I said to the players, we are going to be playing teams each week either fighting for a top four finish or fighting to stay in the hunt to jag an eighth spot position.
“It is funny, as soon as Origin finishes the stakes go up.
“And we need to keep improving. That is the aim.”
While they were far from at their best yesterday against the Tigers, you still can’t help but admire the way Barrett has been able to transform this rag tag bunch of no names and misfits.