A penny for Wayne Bennett’s thoughts at the moment. His South Sydney await the winner of this game in the grand final qualifier, which is looking like it will be the Sea Eagles.
The Roosters will be buoyed, though, by the fact Manly’s edges have looked a little frazzled when the tricolours have a bit of possession in attacking areas. I reckon they’ll be looking for James Tedesco to keep sweeping out the back on that right hand side, making Kieran Foran and Brad Parker come up with some crucial decisions. Tom Trbojevic almost admits as much speaking to Nine at half-time, highlighting concern with Manly’s edge defence.
The stats: the Sea Eagles have had a big edge in the possession stakes with 55 per cent and they’ve completed high at 86 per cent compared to the Roosters’ 78 per cent.
No surprise Tom Trbojevic leads the team in running metres with 116 while hooker Lachlan Croker has 21 tackles. And even less surprise James Tedesco has a team-high 92 metres for the Roosters, with Victor Radley chalking up 25 tackles.
How do the Roosters get back into this?