Souths to target ‘hopeless’, ‘poor’ Manly flaw


Andrew Johns and Brad Fittler are tipping a basic, tight preliminary ultimate to unfold tonight because the Rabbitohs conflict with Manly however have warned the Sea Eagles they should tighten up a big space of weak point or they will pay the value.

Johns is tipping Manly to win the match by one level, admitting he “cannot cut up them” however giving the slim edge to the Sea Eagles because of the Tom Trbojevic issue.

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Nevertheless he concedes that the sport could shift within the Rabbitohs’ favour except Manly’s proper fringe of Haumole Olakau’atu, Daly Cherry-Evans and Morgan Harper get on the identical web page in defence.

Johns described that defensive trio’s work collectively towards the Roosters as “actually poor”, with Fittler including that they have been “hopeless” within the first half earlier than enhancing after the break.

And with the Rabbitohs identified for his or her deadly left edge assault, led by the scheming of star five-eighth Cody Walker, a repeat efficiency would spell catastrophe.

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“The proper facet defence of Manly was actually poor final week. There’s three gamers; Olakau’atu, DCE and Morgan Harper, and their actions off the ball, their choice making, all of them weren’t on the identical web page,” Johns instructed Broad World of Sports activities’ Freddy and The Eighth.

“Now in the event that they try this towards that left-side assault from the Rabbitohs I believe there’s going to be some tries down that edge.”

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Whereas that issue has Johns involved about Manly’s possibilities of progressing to the grand ultimate, he stated the outcome might come all the way down to a person on man shootout between two of essentially the most gifted attacking weapons within the compeitition, and there he offers the sting to the Sea Eagles.

“I can not cut up them, I have been trying on the groups and taking a look at this and that and I believe it is going to come all the way down to an act of sheer brilliance and I take a look at the 2 groups and who gives that?” Johns requested.

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“It is both Turbo or Cody Walker. And I might most likely again Turbo to simply present that second the place he breaks out and simply does one thing out of the field and I believe that’ll be Turbo. I believe they win by one level, Manly.”

Elsewhere Fittler pointed to the bench battle as a possible key that may decide who qualifies for the grand ultimate, flagging front-row destroyer Tom Burgess as a person the Sea Eagles should include to win.

“I believe one of many issues they’ll must confront is massive Tom Burgess coming off the bench,” Fittler stated.

“I believe Paseka’s obtained a extremely massive job, he must have an identical influence and have the ability to include massive Tom Burgess.

“And the opposite one’s Schuster, I felt like I believe Des has instructed him, , ‘simply calm your sport down, play a bit extra share’.

“It’s going to be fascinating how he performs as a result of there’s not many gamers who can do what he does, you have obtained a ball-player one wider.”

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